This beautiful area takes its name after the "Primrose Hill", adjacent to London Zoo, just North of Regent's Park, between St John's Wood, Swiss Cottage and Hampstead. It has a quaint, picturesque character with its rows of pastel-coloured Victorian houses and terraces, which make it popular amongst families, young professionals and within the artistic community.
This beautiful neighbourhood is located on the north side of Regent’s Park, between St John’s Wood, Swiss Cottage and Camden. It takes its name from the “Primrose Hill’, a park adjacent to London Zoo with breath taking panoramic views of London.
Historically, the area was popular amongst writers and artists. The many English Heritage blue plaques that decorate the area’s lovely Victorian houses are a testimony to its artistic background. Famous historic figures having resided in Primrose Hill include Irish poet W.B. Yeats, 1960’s poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. In more recent years, it’s gained a reputation as a home to many celebrities, including playwright Alan Bennett, actors Daniel Craig and Jude Law or celebrity chef James Oliver.
Although it’s very central (zone 2), Primrose Hill has kept a very special village atmosphere, partially due to the fact that it’s located a bit outside of major transport routes. It’s still very accessible by Tube – count a 10 to 15 minute walk to Chalk Farm station (Northern line), with direct access to the City. Swiss Cottage, on the Jubilee line, is a 15 min bus ride or 20 min walk, and connects residents to Mayfair and Canary Wharf.
Primrose Hill offers a wide variety of property styles, including four-storey stucco-fronted Victorian houses and terraces painted in a number of pastel shades to more recent purpose-built flats.
Average listed rental prices (per month) for a good 2 bedroom flat ranges from £2,300 to £2,600, and from £3,600 to £3,800 for a 3 bedroom flat.
Primrose Hill Primary School has an Ofsted rating of Outstanding and was attended by the Miliband brothers amongst others. Top private school
North Bridge House offers mixed gender primary and secondary education, both rated outstanding by Ofsted. The American School in St John’s Wood is also very accessible (count 30 min by public transport).
Primrose Hill is a hill of 213 feet (65 m) located on the northern side of Regent’s Park. At the top is one of the six protected viewpoints in London. The summit features a York stone edging with a William Blake inscription, it reads: “I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.” It has an outdoor health track and children’s playground. It’s also home to the Hill Soccer School.
Primrose Hill is adjacent to London Zoo and Regent’s Park. For more information, see our blog article on St John’s Wood.
THE HIGH STREET & BOUTIQUES
The main shopping street is Regent’s Park Road. Unlike many other high streets, you will mostly find small independent, from fresh food and convenience stores, to women’s and children’s wear, homeware & interior decoration as well as friendly cafés, quaint local pubs and restaurants.
Primrose Hill Road runs along the Primrose Hill and will lead you to Primrose Hill Market, open every Saturday (10am – 3pm).
Groceries: Londis, Primrose Hill Market, Shepherds Foods, Sweet Things
Fashion & Apparel: Anna, Elias & Grace, Fara Kids Charity Shop, Pamela Shiffer, Spice London, Wild & Gorgeous
Health & Beauty: Adam Simmonds (optometrist), Cowshed, Primrose Hill Pharmacy, Privato Hair & Beauty, Space NK
Other: Apostle Bottle, Cachao Toys, Primrose Hill Books
THE PUBS & RESTAURANTS
A few popular options:
- Anthony's Delicatessen - fresh-made bakery / coffee shop with loads of sweet and savoury snack options
- Lemonia – serves traditional Greek food in a nice, friendly atmosphere
- Odette’s – although the name sounds French, this restaurant serves modern European cuisine in a lovely romantic setting with a dining garden
- Pesantissimo – nice, child-friendly, casual dining option serving fresh hand-made pasta, thin-crust pizzas and risotto
- Pizzeria J – another lovely, child-friendly, casual dining option, renowned for its freshly-made pizzas and other Italian classics (such as the Milanese di Pollo)
- Tea Cosy – nice for a tea or coffee break
- The Pembroke Castle – friendly atmosphere, serving classic British pub food
- The Queens – sitting on a street corner, right in front of Primrose Hill, it boasts a beautiful upstairs dining room, offers live music on Sunday evenings and pub quizz night every Monday
SCHOOLS & MEDICAL FACILITIES
The area offers Primrose Hill Primary School and North Bridge House (primary and secondary school), both with excellent Ofsted ratings. The American School in St John’s Wood is also very accessible (count 30 min by public transport). Other private schools located in Hampstead, Swiss Cottage and St John’s Wood can be also be options. More details can be found by searching by postcode, school name or type of school on Schoolsnet.
Primrose Hill offers easy access to the Royal Free Hospital. Founded in 1828, it’s one of London’s major teaching hospitals.
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