A Walk in the Park = Holland Park & Covent Gardens on 25Mar2016

granary square @ king's cross

granary square @ king’s cross

after a great brunch at sunday, wife decided to go walk in holland park as there is a japanese garden, maybe we could catch some sakura? ^^

we walked past granary square to king’s cross station. there is a huge multi-billion redevelopment of king’s cross. granary square fronts central st martin university of the arts london.

granary square @ king's cross

granary square @ king’s cross

and cross the regent canal.

i had a nice walk along regent’s canal to camden market & to regent park & primrose hill. that was aug2014.

9 3/4 harry potter's platform

9 3/4 harry potter’s platform

& no one gets tired of taking a photo at the 9 3/4platform in harry potter’s realm.

road to holland park

road to holland park

we took the circle line & exited at nottinghill gate station & walked along holland park ave.

road to holland park

road to holland park

nice trees overcast sky, a mysterious, magical appearance.

road to holland park

road to holland park

we turned into holland park road.

holland park

holland park

it’s a good size park, 22 hectares, about the size of st james park & larger than green park.

by comparison hyde park though is 143hectares & kensington gardens 111 hectares.

holland park

holland park

there wasn’t much to see in holland park

holland park

holland park

we came here though to look at kyoto gardens.

nice flowers

nice flowers

spotted some nice flowers for a good composition.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

found kyoto garden. very limited though.

peacock

peacock

took a photo of the peacock.

squirrel

squirrel

& there was a squirrel.

squirrel

squirrel

nifty fella which made a reappearance later.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

a water feature.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

peace & calm.

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

nothing to show for sakura, just one solitary plant.

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

solitary sakura @ japanese gardens

that’s all we got.

japanese garden @ holland park

japanese garden @ holland park

kyoto gardens were constructed in 1991 with funding from japanese conglomerates.

but didn’t look particularly well maintained.

squirrel

squirrel

this fella came back.

squirrel

squirrel

quite a show-off

squirrel

squirrel

strutting around. 🙂

gelato mio

gelato mio 

exiting holland park, we found a gelato place down the road & stopped to have some ice cream didn’t think much of it.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

daughter & i were going to watch a musical this evening at prince of wales theatre, & son & wife were going to have their own tete a tete.

so we decided to go & walk around covent gardens, then have early dinner at burger & lobster.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

we exited at leicester square station & walked to covent gardens.

there were the usual street baskers. this guy was standing on air & he could flipped 90deg to horizontal….probably had some metal platform & braces in the boots & uniform. 🙂

covent gardens

covent gardens 

it’s quite fun living in these places. the street scenes just like in movies.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

we walked through the building.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

the jamie oliver outlet union jacks.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

& the apple market.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

then to the piazza.

covent gardens

covent gardens 

not too busy.

covent gardens

covent gardens

quite a number of tourists.

children did some shopping, daughter bought a dress at zara.

we then walked to burger & lobster at dean street for early dinner beofre 2 of us went to theatre.

c.h.e.f andy

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