Parks and Recreation, Earls Court and Beyond
It’s going to be a long, hot summer here in Earls Court. We’ve been predicted forty days worth of sunshine so if you aren’t blessed with a back garden of your own then here are a few prime spots that offer a little sun and a little shade all for the price of a song.
Earls Court has one of the highest count of communal gardens per square mile, more than any other area in London. The catch? You have to be a resident in the respective streets in order to be allowed entry. But this lovely garden square isn’t private! It’s beautifully kept and has recently added a lovely children’s play area in the far south corner.
Right by the Fulham Pools this lovely park has been rejuvenated in recent years by the addition of a lovely playground and some tenderly cared for (by the school next door) allotments, giving the whole place a really good family feeling. Why not cool off by taking a dip in the pool after some studied sunbathing?
Japanese gardens, peacocks roaming free, water fountains and some opera if you time it right. Holland Park is a firm favourite of mine and located just at the end of the Earls Court Road where it meets High Street Kensington.
Parsons Green has the benefit of being right by a tube station (only three stops from Earls Court), surrounded by shops, cafés and restaurants and is also home to an annual arts and crafts fair that is geared towards keeping the kids happy.