An Afternoon in Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill is a great place to wander around and dream about what you would do if you won the lottery. It’s full of picture perfect mansions in pastel hues and immaculate gardens, that look great even on the grey and cloudy afternoon that I visited. The vibe is rich but bohemian and unfussy, with plenty of brunch spots and restaurants to choose from. So if you fancy a day outside of tourist crammed hotspots, and also outside of reality, Primrose Hill is great place to while away an afternoon.
The most popular reason for venturing to Primrose Hill is the spectacular views you get from the top of Primrose Hill itself. To get there it is only a short tube journey to Chalk Farm station on the northern line from central London, or if you’re feeling adventurous, it’s a stroll away from Regents Park and the London zoo. Despite being so close to the bustle of the city, the area is incredibly peaceful, and so when you look out onto the skyline there’s this strange juxtaposition between the urban and nature that makes the whole experience more incredible. I would highly recommend visiting Primrose Hill, perhaps more than going up the Shard, for a really unique perspective of the London skyline.
When you’ve taken in the views, definitely spend some time in the area, grabbing some lunch or pottering around the shops. A highlight is Mary Portas’ charity shop, on the Regents Park Road, which often has some great designer finds and some quirky vintage bargains. I managed to find a striped Comme Des Garçons shirt last time I was there, and I was very chuffed. There’s also the famous Primose Bakery, which you can also find in Covent Garden, but this shop is the original and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.