Situated between Camden Town, Swiss Cottage and Regents Park, Primrose Hill has gained a reputation as a retreat for writers, artists and celebrities. With picturesque streets, host of independent and boutique shops, excellent independent cafes and restaurants and picture card colourful residences. The area has a unique community feel, relaxed yet sophisticated energy and open green space of Primrose Hill, offering some of the best walks and views in London!
Primrose Hill provides beloved independent shops throughout the high street, alongside boutiques, cafes and delis. For home and gift inspiration, Graham and Green’s exquisite collection of furniture, home and accessories and one-off gifts is a source of inspiration for any interior enthusiast. For fresh arrangements Fitzroy’s florist offers classic and hand-selected floral inspiration, while Melrose and Morgan, is a hub for artisan ingredients and kitchenware and even holds foodie events such as monthly supper clubs, a must visit for seasonal cooking. For quality, raw ingredients butcher Jack O’Shea’s award-winning shop supplies to the best restaurants and international chefs and French / Japanese fusion fishmonger La Petite Poissonnerie sell quality raw ingredients for home cooks. Primrose Hill Books is a well-stocked independent shop with a great selection of local interest and holds regular signings and book talks. With the area the perfect place for dog-lovers, Primrose Hill Pets has everything you would need from toys and accessories as well as their own line of natural pet foods.
The area has no shortage of restaurants, cafes and pubs offering everything from afternoon tea to a local craft brew in the sunshine. For the best in restaurant experiences in Primrose Hill, the area offers cuisine from award-winning chef Michael Nadra who opened his self-named restaurant towards Regents Canal. The restaurant provides a relaxed dining experience in a formal setting with the exposed brick interiors and chic urban design. The menu is well-loved by serious dinners in the area and also promises the best local martinis in their cocktail bar. The French restaurant L’Absinthe serves a selection of French bistro classics and even has a neighbouring deli. For a family-friendly brunch in a relaxed environment, the Greenberry Cafe has you covered, with fresh ingredients, an excellent specials menu and your new weekly favourites on the men., This bustling cafe is an all-purpose eatery with hand-picked beers and wines. Lemonia has a wonderful and loyal client base. Established in 1979 and continuing to grow in popularity, this fabulous family run restaurant offers a traditional warm Greek welcome with a friendly atmosphere that is always buzzing with energy.
For an alternative dining experience, Manna is London’s oldest Vegetarian restaurant and offers a seasonal, vegetarian and vegan menu alongside popular pasta dishes. For those with a sweet tooth, Sweet Things, Le Tea Cosy and Primrose Bakery on Gloucester Avenue are well-known spots for all things tea and cake!
Primrose Hill itself forms part of the Royal Parks, linked to Regents Park and the ZSL London Zoo and is one of six protected viewpoints in the UK. The summit is approximately 63 metres above sea level and the trees are kept low to give an uninterrupted view of the city and beyond, views of the famous London Zoo aviary can be seen just above the trees from the top. The canal in Regent’s Park has its own Waterbus which is a great day out for families in the area. If they’re passionate about singing, dancing and drama aspiring actors and actresses at Stagecoach Theatre Arts School has a branch in the area offering classes and holiday workshops and themed parties. Although there isn’t a local cinema, the Primrose Hill community library has regular events including a movie club and even offers after-school homework club and private tuition.
Primrose Hill is located in Zone 2 and retains part of its village atmosphere. The nearest tube station is Chalk Farm Underground, a 10 minute walk away, which sits on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line and Swiss Cottage tube station which is serviced by the Jubilee Line is also a short distance away. For overground trains, Kentish Town West and Camden Road are the closest. By bus, the 274 is nearby with routes serving Lancaster Gate and Angel, further buses can also be picked up from Chalk Farm and Camden. Across the park, Marylebone is within walking distance and offers an array of amenities and tourist destinations.
Renowned for its pastel-coloured Victorian homes and family-friendly living spaces, Primrose Hill has no shortage of period properties and grade 2 listed character homes. Sitting alongside these are are beautiful double height ceilinged apartments, immaculately finished and perfect for city professionals with views over Regent’s Park. You will also find plenty of hidden mews homes and Stucco style villas that back onto the canal.
The Hill itself has historical significance and is an ancient Celtic Mound which can be dated back as far as pre-Christian times, each year Druids still gather here to mark the Autumn Equinox which was also a notorious duelling sites and saw several notable deaths including Lord Byron’s drinking companion, Lord Falkland, and was once used for hunting by Henry VIII in the 16th century. With a colourful artistic background dating from the 19th century, noted by the number of blue plaques that decorate the iconic Victorian terraces in the area this has continued to blossom through generations of well-known residents including Victorian illustrator Arthur Rackham and playwright Alan Bennett.