I keep forgetting how pretty Primrose Hill is. Walking across the bridge from the Chalk Farm tube station, I notice the colorful accents on the houses, a smattering of sweet boutiques, and streets full of independent restaurants, cafes, and pubs. This part of London is a little slice of village loveliness.

Door in Primrose Hill

I’m up in Primrose Hill today because of the new Saturday farmers’ market. It launched less than a month ago, and even though I didn’t need another reason to visit this London neighborhood I’m happy it gives me one.

Baked Goods in in Primrose Hill

The market is colorful and bright, with all the fresh produce fit for the area’s impossibly attractive residents—I keep an eye out for everyone from Jamie Oliver to Suki Waterhouse while I’m here.

Houses in Primrose Hill

Beyond the market, there’s a lot to explore in Primrose Hill. Despite its diminutive size, the area between funky Camden and residential Belsize Park has charm and character everywhere.

Tree in Primrose Hill

The restaurants, for example. From staples like vegetarian Manna to hotly-anticipated newcomers like Clare’s Cornish Kitchen and bistros like L’Absinthe, there are unique offerings all over the neighborhood. Odette’s is famous for Bryn Williams’ Modern European cuisine, and Negozio Classica always warms me up with its hearty Italian dishes.

L'Absinthe Restaurant, Primrose Hill

And I haven’t even mentioned the cafes in Primrose Hill. Primrose Bakery serves lovely cakes and sweet treats while The Little One lives up to its name as it doles out coffee and crepes from a tiny counter. Chloe’s Espresso on the bridge to the Chalk Farm tube station isn’t much larger, but exudes plenty of charm with its teacup-shaped chalk board and small outdoor tables.

Chloe's Espresso, Primrose Hill

Then come the pubs. The Engineer is one of the best pubs in Primrose Hill, not least because of its leafy garden. The best food can be found at The Lansdowne, and the Princess of Wales is a great place to catch up over a pint with friends.

The Engineer Pub, Primrose Hill

Interspersed among them are pink and purple houses and long rows of white columns punctuated by bright red and blue doors. It’s like Notting Hill, only without the tourist crowds.

Houses in Primrose Hill

Walking up to the high street, I pass through Chalcot Square, where Sylvia Plath once lived. The square’s sunny gardens are filled with children in the most expensive clothes I’ve ever seen, their fashionable parents hovering over them to avoid dirtying the Baby Dior.

Chalcot Square, Primrose Hill

Up on Regent’s Park Road, the main commercial street in Primrose Hill, the pavement is lined with shops on both sides. From the outdoor tables at Ripe Kitchen to florists overflowing into the street with leaves and buds, there’s something to provoke sensory overload everywhere I look.

Florist in Primrose Hill

And it’s no wonder. Chi chi boutiques vie with high-end wine shops to lure the neighborhood’s wealthy residents. But the most beloved shop on the high street is Primrose Hill Books, a more subdued shop that I’ve visited more times than any other place on Regent’s Park Road.

Primrose Hill Books

Nearby, the fresh produce outside the greengrocers beckons with its ripe strawberries and leafy greens, and the outdoor cheese and salumi counter at Shepherd Foods makes me wonder if it’s social acceptable to walk down the street eating a charcuterie board (it’s not).

View from Primrose Hill

Even if I wanted to, I might have a hard time doing so while walking up Primrose Hill. An extension of Regent’s Park, the grassy slope offers increasingly good views of the London skyline the higher I climb. At the top I’m rewarded with panoramas of the city in what is the loveliest part of one of the prettiest neighborhoods in London. I need to stop forgetting how much I love this place.

30 Comments on Lady in Primrose Hill

  1. Kat
    October 26, 2015 at 7:32 am (2 years ago)

    Lovely post, I think a day trip out to Primrose Hill is just what I need. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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    • A Lady in London
      October 26, 2015 at 4:32 pm (2 years ago)

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. marie
    October 26, 2015 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

    I haven’t been to Primrose Hill for years !!! I think a visit is well overdue !! Beautiful pictures by the way 🙂

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    • A Lady in London
      October 26, 2015 at 4:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I hope you have fun exploring!

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  3. MissLilly
    October 26, 2015 at 8:18 am (2 years ago)

    I haven’t been in Primrose Hill for ages!!! It’s such a lovely place and the views are inspiring. Need to go back again at some stage 🙂

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  4. Tanja
    October 26, 2015 at 9:05 am (2 years ago)

    I love your London posts! Great photos!

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  5. Angie Silver
    October 26, 2015 at 9:51 am (2 years ago)

    I love the pretty multi-coloured houses xx

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  6. Stacey
    October 26, 2015 at 6:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Primrose Hill is my favorite village of the ones in London I’ve been able to see thus far (am American, living in the U.S.). This post brought back lovely memories!

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    • A Lady in London
      October 27, 2015 at 7:17 am (2 years ago)

      That’s great! I’m glad it brought back good memories!

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  7. Filippo
    October 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Very inspiring… I must see it! Let’s hope they won’t make a movie set there or we’ll risk another nottinghillzation.

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  8. Daisy
    October 27, 2015 at 10:00 am (2 years ago)

    It really is very pretty and I always forget. I’m looking forward to my next trip into London now.

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    • A Lady in London
      October 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm (2 years ago)

      I hope you enjoy it when you’re back in London!

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  9. Cassie
    October 27, 2015 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

    I love Primrose Hill! Your photos have captured it beautifully 🙂

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  10. The slow pace
    October 29, 2015 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

    We love Primrose Hill!!! Sometimes, when we visit London, we spend an afternoon or a morning just wandering around this lovely area. We also love Marylebone and we absolutely have to give Hampstead a try!
    xx,
    E.

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    • A Lady in London
      October 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm (2 years ago)

      Yeah, you have to check out Hampstead sometime. It’s lovely!

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  11. Danielle
    November 1, 2015 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Such lovely photos!

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  12. Marie @ To Europe And Beyond
    November 6, 2015 at 3:00 am (2 years ago)

    This is my favourite neighbourhood in London. I used to live nearby in Camden so I’ve spent lots of time daydreaming about life as a millionaire Londoner in Primrose 🙂

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    • A Lady in London
      November 6, 2015 at 9:25 am (2 years ago)

      Nice! Yeah, it would be amazing to live there!

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  13. Triin
    November 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm (2 years ago)

    I used to go there quite often, especially during the winter when you can do some sledging in the park (if there’s snow!). Must go and visit again..

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    • A Lady in London
      November 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Yeah, that’s always fun. I used to do that in Hampstead Heath when I lived up that way.

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  14. Wendy
    January 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Just watched London spy and googled the area to find your blog . Lovely .
    Are there any traditional back street pubs around there ?

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    • A Lady in London
      January 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m glad you found my blog! A few of the pubs I mentioned in the post are traditional, but one of my favorites in the area is the Holly Bush nearby in Hampstead.

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  15. annabel
    October 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm (10 months ago)

    I live in Primrose Hill and love it here. It’s so green and chilled and pretty. I really enjoyed your post.

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