27th August, 2021

City Living: Focus on Primrose Hill

City Living: Focus on Primrose Hill

The Sunday Times newspaper recently awarded Primrose Hill the accolade of One Of The Best Places To Live In 2021, and described it as an urban village that looks like something out of a Wes Anderson film. With its thriving independent shops, cafés, restaurants, weekly markets and strong community, it is referred to by many as the last village left in London.

Highlights and Attractions

The 64m high Primrose Hill offers panoramic views right across London and is a popular spot to walk, soak up the sun with a picnic, spot a celebrity and watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Regent’s Park offers large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, a lake and four children’s playgrounds.

The green spaces of Primrose Hill park are not the only nearby sight worth shouting about. A stroll to Regent’s Canal and Regent’s Park also make for an inspiring afternoon of beautiful nature and scenery despite being in the city. There are excellent sports facilities and even central London’s largest outdoor sports area in the vicinity, and it is also home to London Zoo, which stretches over 36 acres in Regents Park with an open-air theatre.

There are an abundance of eateries in the area, such as Greenberry Café, a popular all day dining spot in the heart of Primrose Hill, serving a fabulous selection of brunch dishes during the day. In the evening, their à la carte menu consists of seasonally changing dishes with an emphasis on using top quality, and where possible, ethically produced ingredients. Odette’s is a popular restaurant, run and owned by Chef Patron Bryn Williams. The establishment attracts illustrious patrons from the worlds of art and theatre and is one of the London’s original dining rooms, having opened in 1978.

Other favoured places to dine include Greek restaurant Lemonia, family-run for over 40 years. Small independent coffee shops, such as The Little One, scatter Primrose Hill and its surrounding areas, contributing to the close-knit community feel.

Primrose Hill also boasts some of the best pubs in the city, including The Landsdowne, The Princess of Wales, and The Queen’s which has some brilliant views of Primrose Hill from their outdoor terrace.

Commuting

Situated in a Zone-2 location, travel options surrounding Primrose Hill are good, with Chalk Farm being the closest tube station, offering a Northern Line service. From here you can reach King's Cross in seven minutes and be into the city centre at Embankment in just 13 minutes - both services are direct. For the Jubilee line, Swiss Cottage is also nearby; from here there is a direct service to Waterloo taking just 12 minutes or, for travelling to the east of the city, West Ham can be reached directly in under half an hour.

From Primrose Hill/London Zoo there is a good bus service (247 bus) offering transport between Angel Islington and Lancaster Gate Station. This service makes multiple stops, including to Baker Street and Marble Arch stations.

Properties in the area

Regents Park Road, London, 2 Bedrooms

Enjoy complete privacy and peacefulness in this secluded, fully soundproof haven, nestled discreetly within one of prime central London's most sought after areas. Renovated to the finest of detail and thought, this property is ready to move into for any DIY-averse homeowner seeking to enjoy the pleasures of London life only. The before and after images are worthy of Grand Design status! Truly incredible work has been completed on this home.

Upon entering through the secluded and private front door, it is the true sense of light and space that is instantly striking. From the front entrance, the building may be opened all the way through to the south-facing private garden, sunlight bathing the hallway and walkway the entire way through. The tall ceilings make it one of the most spectacular garden apartments we have had the pleasure of stepping foot in.

Berkley Grove, London, 3 Bedrooms

bright contemporary hallway with Crittal windows

This unique home is built on a near triangular infill in the heart of Primrose Hill, arranged over five floors, offering versatile and modern living. Benefiting from a corner plot, this freehold house floods with light on every level through its 25 windows with views to Chalcot Square.

It is rare to see a home with a garage in this area, one of a number of unique features this home has to offer, along with a double-height ceiling to the living room and large windows in the main living space. The ground floor offers versatile space comprising a cloak room, an entrance hall and a fitted-out garage that is perfect for storing a classic car. It houses utilities and is also used as an extra bedroom on occasion and regular yoga studio. The seller has also ensured the space can easily be used as a kitchen diner, with planning granted to install large windows should a future owner wish. An electric roller garage door opens up to the mews.

Gloucester Avenue, London, 3 Bedrooms

bright bedroom with ceiling skylights

Perfectly located in the middle of Primrose Hill village, the apartment is roughly a five-minute walk away from the green spaces of Primrose Hill park, about a five-minute walk to the shops and cafés on Regent’s Park Road, and a two-minute walk from the Regent’s Canal and Regent’s Park.

To access the penthouse, you have a great security set up, you have to pass through a set of gates and a communal doorway that are operated via the video intercom within the flat, keeping unwanted visitors away. There is secure bike storage and secure gated car parking. Once entering, the first thing that hits you is the height of the ceiling and the light pouring in from the glass ceiling high above. There are sliding doors out onto a private south-west facing terrace with fabulous rooftop views over the tree-lined streets of Primrose Hill.

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More London guides

Want to find out more about living in London hotspots? Discover more about the most exclusive part of London in our London City Living Guide for living in Chelsea. Take a look at our Turnham Green Terrace City Living Guide or discover City Living in Putney.

Learn about the financial capital of the city in our Canary Wharf City Living Guide or head over to our Bow City Living Guide.

Contact us today

For more information about properties in Primrose Hill and the surrounding areas, contact Fine & Country St Johns Wood on 07946 856444 or email stjohnswood@fineandcountry.com.

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