Forty years at Holland Park Gardens
This month we are celebrating forty years at Holland Park Gardens. We moved here in 1969 from Oxford Circus, in central London. The school at that time was very large and had a lot of students, many of them studying part time. Peter Fabian, the Director of the school at the time, felt that this busy environment wasn’t the right place to study a language seriously. The move to Holland Park Gardens, along with making all our courses full time, meant the school became a quieter and more personal place to study, with a more mature client base. Our personal service and serious study environment is still very important to us today, and our courses still attract mature and motivated participants.
yDespite the move from the very centre of London the school is still close to the attractions of central London (Oxford Street is only 15 minutes away). We are also closer to our accommodation than we were forty years ago. Over the last forty years Holland Park has become one of the most desirable residential areas in the whole of London, the local neighbourhood , Notting Hill (only a 10 minute walk away), has become very fashionable and last year Europe’s largest inner-city shopping centre, Westfield London, opened a five minute walk away.
Today we have 25 training rooms at Holland Park Gardens as well as two study centres where students can access digital training materials. All training rooms have large flat screen monitors so trainers and course participants can make the most of up to date technologies to keep training fresh and relevant.
15 Holland Park Gardens is a beautiful traditional building that has grown with us over the past forty years as we have continued to develop and modernise our facilities and training. We look forward to celebrating our centenary here in 2012.