A Story of Home Primrose Hill Area Guide
Climb all 64 metres to the summit of Primrose Hill and you can enjoy panoramic views of London’s skyline. On a sunny day you can see The London Eye, The Shard, the BT Tower and many more. But there is a lot more to this fashionable London neighbourhood than just walking around the park.
Probably one of the most famous and affluent suburbs of North London, the number of blue plaques that decorate the area’s tall Victorian terraces allude to it’s artistic heritage. Here is the SoH.guide to the delights of Primrose Hill.
SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
The Little One serves up the best coffee in town! Before hitting the Hill and getting your daily steps in, we suggest you pick up an extra hot flat white and treat yourself to a muffin, crêpe or our favourite, the cheese bread.
‘THE PRIMROSE HILL SET’
The term was coined by the media back in the 90s, and describes the famous and fun loving musicians, models and movie stars that called Primrose Hill home. These include Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Kate Moss, Ewan McGregor, Patsy Kensit and Rhys Ifans. They may now have all grown up and flown the nest, however the streets and restaurants of Primrose Hill remain a hotbed for celebrity spotting.
40 YEARS AND COUNTING…
Lemonia opened its doors in 1979 and is described as ‘Primrose Hill’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant’. This family run Greek restaurant will have happy diners queuing up for their fill of hummus and halloumi come rain or sun. A firm favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Located on Gloucester Avenue, The Engineer is a truly authentic London pub. With a lovely beer garden, its a great stop off after a day catching some rays on the Hill, however, our favourite time to visit is on a Sunday. Settle in for a cosy afternoon next to the open fire for a roast, bottle of Merlot, and game of Scrabble.
“Commanding one of the most iconic views over London. Primrose Hill is popular with picnickers, kite-flyers and celebrity spotters”
Try to walk past The Primrose Bakery on Gloucester Avenue without stopping to gawp at the delicious treats in the window, we dare you! This family run business offers cupcakes in every colour of the rainbow, with everything is hand iced and baked in small batches.
LITTLE TASTE OF FRANCE
Neatly tucked away on the corner of Chalcot Road and Fitzroy Road is the charming traditional French bistro L’Absinthe. A coffee shop and deli by day, it has an affordable breakfast and lunch menu, including croques and crêpes. Every evening it becomes an intimate dining spot. Tres romantique!
L’Absinthe, 40 Chalcot Rd, Primrose Hill, London NW1 8LS
The charity shops in Primrose Hill are numerous and exquisitely stocked. Plus, with the amount of celebrities living in the area, who knows what award ceremonies or celebrity party your new dress might have belonged to before?
Each year in May the Primrose Hill Festival and Dog Show is held on the main high-street, run in partnership with St Mary’s Youth Centre. The High Street is closed to vehicles and lined with market stalls selling tasty treat for humans and canines alike. All funds raised from the dog show go to St Mary’s.
MARKET ON THE HILL
The farmers market in St Paul’s School playground is open from 10am to 3pm every Saturday. With more than 50 stalls featuring fresh fish, local honey and cheeses, organic meat and homemade pasta, this is one not to miss!
“Our favourite time to visit is on a Sunday and to settle in for a cosy afternoon next to the open fire for a roast, bottle of Merlot and game of Scrabble”
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, WE GOT FUN AND GAMES
Opened in 1828, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. A short walk from Primrose Hill, this is a great day out for all. For something a bit different look out for special ‘Zoo Night’ events.
Hang out with the yogis at Fierce Grace Hot Yoga. It’s hot and sweaty hard work, but someone’s got to do it, right? If yoga isn’t your thing why not head down to the outdoor calisthenics gym at the southern end of the park.