First port of call was St Mary Abbots, the church with the highest spire in London.
The main features of the church date from 1872, but parts of earlier buildings remain:
The interior of the church was rather magnificent, but we weren't able to take photos. There's a photo of the impressive font here too.
After a wander around Holland Park (the park itself, that is), we wandered past some expensive properties...
Tower house belonging to Jimmy Page on the right:
And then we found ourselves at the rather magnificent Leighton House Museum (mentioned in the big book I got for my birthday: London Hidden Interiors) and were overwhelmed by the opulence of it all. So much so, in fact that we were forced to stop off for lunch at The Scarsdale Tavern, and I also had a pint of Fuller's London Pride as I'd promised earlier in the week in a slightly odd mailing list discussion.
Once we had recovered from our morning, we continued on our expedition, and found some friendly tortoises guarding a giant sundial.
Big Friendly Tortoises telling the time (by GMT rather than BST):
Our walk then continued in the direction of Holland Park (the street), but that's a story for another post.