Ideally located between St John’s Wood, Regent’s Park, Camden Town and Chalk Farm is a small public park with towering hilltop views over London. On its slopes is a scenic and thriving commune known as Primrose Hill. The local residents include: writers, photographers, actors and musicians. Primrose Hill has been notorious for attracting the artistically inclined. Numerous blue plaques within the neighbourhood are testament to the fame of the notable residents, including the poet Sylvia Plath, Sir Henry Wood and WB Yeats.
View from Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill’s centre is known as Primrose Village and this is the most coveted part of the neighbourhood, being mainly of wide, tree-lined streets and elegant stucco-fronted houses. It features a charming shopping street with a varied selection of smart shops. The green space, which gives Primrose Hill, its name, spans 112 acres, with the Hill itself, standing at a height of 206 feet. As one of the highest points in London, on a clear day it provides panoramic views of Canary Wharf, The Millennium Dome and the Post Office Tower.
Primrose Hill Park
During the period of Henry VIII, Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park was typically a hunting forest.
By 1841, most of Primrose Hill was open to the public. Conservationists and the planning authority placed tight controls on new building in the area and the public were also determined that the broad open landscape should be retained. Also in 1841 it was bought from Eton College and opened to the public to calm the ordinary folk, who were then deprived of the right to use parts of Regent’s Park. It has been a favourite leisure spot ever since.
In 1842 the land was purchased by the Crown from the Eton Estate and made into a park by an Act of Parliament.
Today, Primrose Hill is a highly civilized neighbourhood with refreshingly unstained pavements. Over the years it has evolved into a highly desirable locality that is popular with both families and professional couples. The ‘village’ is considered to link the roads located between Chalk Farm station and the Hill itself – the main road spans between the two being Regent’s Park Road.
Primrose Hill is made up of varying buildings ranging from four and five-storey white stucco Victorian houses, mansion blocks of flats and redbrick Victorian terraces.
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