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

市场五光十色,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.


Beyond the market,there's a lot to explore in Primrose Hill.Despite its diminutive size,the area between funkyCamdenand 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 likeNotting Hill,only without the tourist crowds.


走到大街上,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,Shepherd Foods的户外奶酪和Salumi柜台让我想知道,在街上走着吃一块特色菜板(事实并非如此)是否符合社会的要求。

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.

32 Comments on Lady in Primrose Hill

  1. 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!!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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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