Primrose Hill with its picturesque village and striking panoramic views of the city’s skyline is a popular and fashionable region of north London packed with chic independent shops and trendy restaurants that on a sunny day spill out on to the pavements.
The NW1 area, whose name derives from the flowers that grew on its grassy hill in the 15th century, is home to the “The Primrose Hill set” a group of British celebrities – including Kate Moss, Jude Law and Sadie Frost – whose glamorous lives and hell-raising antics raised the area’s profile in countless tabloid pages.
Bordering Regent’s Park northern edge and conveniently close to city centre, Primrose Hill’s beautifully multi-coloured Victorian terraces and tree-lined streets have stood the test of time and give the area a leafy and family feel that is lost in many other areas of London.
- Primrose Hill is served by two Tube stations, Chalk Farm and Camden Town, both in Zone 2 (annual travelcard to Zone 1 is £1,168) and are on the Northern line.
- The area is served extremely well by the bus network.
FOOD & DRINK
- The Queens – Popular gastro pub with views over Primrose Hill.
- Odette’s – With its marble pillars, leafy wallpaper and yellow curtains the restaurant is a classic favourite since 1978.
- Lemonia – Another Primrose Hill institution great Greek food and family-friendly atmosphere.
- The Engineer – upscale pub boasts a superb kitchen and offers indoor as well as garden dining.
- Cachao – Claims it offers the best crepes in London, plus salads, plus bagels, panini, hot and iced coffees, smoothies and other treats too.
- Garden Cafe – Relaxed cafe serving classic English favourites in a classic English setting.
THINGS TO DO
- Triyoga – Take a beginner’s class at one of the top yoga centres in London.
- Ready, steady, go – Participate in a programme of learning and creative activities for children 1 to 3 years at the Community Centre.
- Picnic in the park – Bring delicious local treats and take in the breathtaking views of the city.
- Regent’s Canal – Take a stroll along this pretty canal all the way to Camden.
- File Gumbo – First Friday of every month there’s Cajun dance, Louisiana roots music and spicy Cajun food at Cecil Sharp House.
- Victorian Surgery – On Saturday’s there’s a demonstration of the ordeals of surgery without anaesthesia, when a patient’s fate rested on the skill of the surgeon’s knife
- Fox and Squirrel London Walks – Variety of themed walking tours all starting in Primrose Hill.