Holland Park, Kensington, London W8
The Kyoto Garden in Holland Park was opened in 1991 to celebrate the Japanese Festival, and refurbished in 2001 as part of Japan 2001. Both the original design and refurbishment were carried out by a team of garden specialists flown over from Kyoto, so the effect is authentic - unlike some "Japanese" gardens that are more the product of a vivid, but often misguided imagination. It is small, but well worth a visit.
The Detroit Free Press described it as one of "three places in London you'll never forget" (along with the Cabinet War Rooms and Portobello Road).
Opening times: 7.30 am - dusk
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