I’ve been living in London for 6 years now and moved from America. It was my dream to live abroad and when I got the chance to move to London, I wanted to explore it deeply. So, I set off to explore a new neighborhood every weekend. One of my favorite neighborhoods I explored was the North West neighborhood, Primrose Hill! Here’s how to spend the perfect day visiting Primrose Hill, one of London’s prettiest neighborhoods!
The reason I love Primrose Hill is because it’s much more laid back than the busy areas of London. It’s less explored by tourists making it the perfect getaway of the hustle and bustle in London. The neighborhood has many amazing cafes and colorful streets. It’s a great place to spend a relaxed Sunday, strolling the quaint corners.
Also, Primrose Hill has long been a favorite residential area for celebrities, including actors, musicians, and artists. As you explore the neighborhood, keep an eye out for famous faces. Famous writers like Sylvia Plath, William Butler Yeats, or Sir Hugh Clough once lived in the area. You’ll find 7 English heritage blue plaques in their memory hanging on various buildings in the neighborhood.
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How to Spend the Perfect Day in Primrose Hill
Grab a Coffee at Chloe’s Espresso
Exit off the Chalk Farm tube station in North London and make your way towards the footbridge – popping into the cute coffee shop Chloe’s Espresso. Grab a coffee here to start your day off exploring the beautiful neighborhood of Primrose Hill.
Get a Massage at Cowshed
Get a wonderful massage or facial at one of London’s best spas, Cowshed. They also have the cutest interiors and I love the body wash and soaps they sell.
Enjoy Lunch at One of the Many Cafes
Next, you might be feeling hungry and Primrose Hill has many great options for food. I am a sucker for brunch and my favorites include Greenberry Cafe and ARVO Cafe. Both have fantastic food and on a nice sunny day, you can sit outside as they have outdoor seating.
Another extremely popular place is It’s Bagels. I don’t think Londoners are used to having great bagels LOL (I say this as an American). This place always has an insane line for what feels like miles. Therefore, I never got the chance to try it as I didn’t have the time to wait.
Walk Along Regent’s Park Road
Continue your walk on Regent’s Park Road. This street is super quaint and cute full of many cafes and bakeries. There is the prettiest floral shop 🌸🌺 called Fitzroy Flowers. You can also pop into Primrose Hills Books, one of London’s best independent bookstores.
Check out the Colorful Streets
Tucked away around a corner some may not know of is Chalcot Square. Here you will find a private residential garden with houses in pastel shades all around!
If you take a short walk from Chalcot Square, you’ll also find Chalcot Crescent. This is another super colorful street with pastel-colored buildings.
Pick up a Snack and Relax at Primrose Hill Park
You can enjoy your cupcake, ice cream, or other sweet treat in Primrose Hill Park with views across London!
Primrose Hill is a picturesque hill located in the northwestern part of Regent’s Park (one of 8 Royal Parks) in London. The hilltop park set 63 meters above sea-level provides breathtaking panoramic views of the London skyline.
The best time to visit is at sunrise or sunset when the sky turns pink and orange. The London skyline never looked better at this time of day! Also, did you know that Primrose Hill is the perfect place to watch fireworks during Bonfire Night and New Years Eve in London?
Have a Drink in a Local Pub
To end your day you may want to visit one of the nice pubs in the area if you’re feeling thirsty like Princess of Wales Pub or Queens.
Primrose Hill neighbors Belsize Park, Hampstead, Kentish Town, and Camden Town. I’d recommend you extend your walk to Belsize Park and visit Belsize Village where you can find some cute cafes and quaint homes. If you continue your walk, you’ll also eventually hit Hampstead, my ultimate favorite London neighborhood.
You can read my full guide on Hampstead here.
Alternatively, you can head to the London Zoo which is a 15 minute walk away or Camden Town and visit the nearby Camden Market. Camden Town has more of a grungey feel with graffiti all around. Camden Market is very busy and touristic. However, it offers a lot of great food and shopping. If you had to choose, I’d stick with Belsize Park and Hampstead but it all comes down to personal taste.
I hope you enjoy this little guide to Primrose Hill!
How much do you love this cute area of London!? Let me know in the comments below.
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