Primrose Hill Property Guide
Property for Sale or Rent in Primrose Hill
Need a shot of inspiration to kick start the week? With a dog, a kite or your child, head for the top of Primrose Hill itself. What awaits is one of the most stunning views across London’s skyline, with many of the capital’s landmarks in clear view.
If you’re buying a property for sale in Primrose Hill and need interior inspiration, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Daniel Poole on Regent’s Park Road is an extraordinary interior design shop that specialises in quirky luxury interior design, retro furniture, vintage toys and art. Along the same road is Clifton Interiors and Graham & Green, with Cave Interiors just around the corner on Princess Road.
Cafe culture in Primrose Hill is legendary and people watching is a preferred pastime. There are some fantastic coffee shops, delis and bistros ideal for watching the world go by, and our favourites include Le Tea Cosy, Spirit of L’Absinthe and Little One Coffee. Order an espresso and relax.
If you’re in the mood for a mooch, head straight to Primrose Hill Books on Regent’s Park Road - an Aladin’s Cave of new and second hand books. Continue your browsing time at Gallery 196 a few doors down, where brightly coloured paintings, textiles and jewellery catch the eye. Also for the magpies among us is Judith Michael & Daughter across the road, where antique and ‘curiosities’ are temptingly displayed.
Preparing for a supper party? Primrose Hill boasts a wealth of family run, independent stores that stop the village becoming a cloned high street. The freshest fish can be procured at La Petite Poissonnerie on Gloucester Avenue, while your meat course is all wrapped up after a visit to Barrett’s the butchers on England’s Lane. Nip into Anthony's Delicatessen on Regent’s Park Road for your cheese board then to near neighbour Yeoman’s Flowers for a wonderful table centrepiece and you’ll be ready for your guests.
Make Saturday the day you indulge your sweet tooth. Primrose Hill is the spiritual home of the cupcake in the UK, with the Primrose Bakery on Gloucester Avenue reputedly the first place in the UK sell decadently frosted cupcakes to the masses. Also serving slices of baking heaven are Lola’s Bakery and Sweet Things - the latter of which runs cupcake classes.
The place to be seen on Sunday afternoon’s is Odette’s - chef Bryn Williams’ award-winning restaurant on Regent’s Park Road. It has attracted the great and the good for over 36 years, including stars of the stage and screen. Other restaurants favoured by Primrose Hill residents include French bistro L’Absinthe, Michael Nadra, Lemonia, Negozio and La Collina.
Primrose Hill Need to know
- Primrose Hill (NW1) sits on the northern edge of Regent’s Park, with Hampstead and Belsize Park to the North
- Camden Council is responsible for council tax charges in Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill is served by two underground stations; Chalk Farm and Camden Town. Both of these stations can be found in Zone 2 on the Northern Line
Primrose Hill’s village atmosphere and good schools make a hit with families. The two local state primary schools - Primrose Hill and St Paul's C.E. (VA) have been judged ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Good’, respectively, by Ofsted. North Bridge Prep School on Avenue Road offers educational facilities from nursery through to sixth form (3-18 years). There is also Saint Christina’s in St Edmond’s Terrace, a private Catholic School.
Stand atop Primrose Hill itself and the neighbourhood you see laid out before you is vastly different to days gone by. The area was part of Henry VIII hunting ground as far back as the 17th century, with wild stags, boars and deer roaming a distinctly woody Primrose Hill. The neighbourhood was only opened to the public in 1842 and it’s name derives from the carpet of yellow primroses that used to grow on the side of the hill. Primrose Hill has always been a favourite among creatives and the famous, with poets Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and W B Yeats preceeding more recent stars, such as Daniel Craig, Jamie Oliver and Sienna Miller. The latest Primrose Hill ‘set’ include DJ Nick Grimshaw, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Stefano Gabbana.