Sunday, 2 March 2014

An Urban Wander near Holland Park, London W14

I was delighted late last week when not only did I manage to find time to take a lunch break, but also the weather was reasonable, and I found a few nearby streets that I'd not wandered around before. This particular wander took me to a collection of roads to the north of Kensington High Street, east of Addison Road, but west of Holland Park itself. Unlike a lot of my wanders which take me off in search of abandonment, decay and ghost signs, this drift was very much the opposite as I found myself drifting through tree-lined streets of magnificent houses, no doubt with a price tag to match.

Doorway on Holland Park Road, London W14
Doorway on Holland Park Road, London W14 

As always I'm pleased when I discover something new to me, so here was a museum I never knew existed for an artist I'd never heard of, Frederick Leighton, perhaps meriting a return visit one day to look inside. Also, many of the houses in this area bear plaques stating that various artists had lived in the area, known as the Holland Park Circle

Leighton House, Holland Park Road, London W14
Leighton House, Holland Park Road, London W14

Doorway on Holland Park Road, London W14
Doorway on Holland Park Road, London W14 

Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14
Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14 

Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14
 Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14 

Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14
 Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14

Melbury Road, London W14
Melbury Road, London W14

Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14
 Doorway on Melbury Road, London W14

The only part of this wander which did veer slightly off-piste and down a side road was here, where intrigued by the shapes of the back of the buildings, I turned into a service road for the flats in Oakwood Court.

Back of flats, Oakwood Court, London W14
Back of flats, Oakwood Court, London W14

Presumably these elevated, zig-zag stairways are some sort of fire escape, although strange that they don't come all the way down to ground level. Made for a good picture though.

Back of flats, Oakwood Court, London W14
 Back of flats, Oakwood Court, London W14

Back of flats, Oakwood Court, London W14
 Back of flats, Oakwood Court, London W14

As my wander drew to a close, I spotted this curious building on Napier Road. Little evidence though to suggest what it perhaps once was.

Napier Road, London W14
Napier Road, London W14

I think there are a few more side streets heading up towards the park itself which I didn't have time to explore, so will definitely be returning soon.

    

2 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, of such a quaint and charming places. Such beautiful buildings.

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