Primrose Hill is a small neighbourhood in Central London with some of the best views in the city from its namesake hill. While staying at a local hotel such as the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, you can visit this attraction for yourself. Here is the ultimate guide to Primrose Hill, London.
What is Primrose Hill?
Primrose Hill is a neighbourhood located in the Borough of Camden. It consists of residential housing in pastel-hued Regency townhouses as well as cafes, delis, restaurants, and pubs. The Regent’s Canal passes through the area.
The namesake hill is the main draw of Primrose Hill for Londoners and tourists. This knoll rises behind Regent’s Park and offers panoramic skyline views from an elevation of 63 metres.
It is believed to have earned its name due to the vast number of primroses that once blanketed the grass. Others speculate that it was named for Archibald Primrose, who served as the UK Prime Minister from March 1894 to June 1895.
Over the years, many famous figures and celebrities have dwelled in Primrose Hill.
How to get to Primrose Hill?
Primrose Hill is served by bus number 274 which is convenient for those staying at hotels in Bayswater Road London.
Each located a 10-minute walk from the park, Chalk Farm (Northern Line) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line) are the closest London Underground stations.
But you can always prelude your visit with a stroll through Regent’s Park and start at Regent’s Park London Underground (Bakerloo Line).
Is it free to visit Primrose Hill?
Primrose Hill is indeed free to visit. This is ideal for guests seeking budget-friendly London hotels special offers.
When is the best time to visit Primrose Hill?
Primrose Hill is open 24/7, every day of the year. You can visit it every season.
Views and the overall experience will change subject to the time of day that you visit. For those staying locally at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, you could visit early in the morning and return for sunset. This gives you two unique experiences.
You may want to take a picnic and spend longer at the park during summer.
While you can visit Primrose Hill during rainfall, prepare yourself for the views to be impacted. And do take a raincoat or umbrella.
Things to do in Primrose Hill
Here are the main things to do in Primrose Hill and tips for visiting.
1. Admire the views
The main activity at Primrose Hill is to enjoy a walk through the park and to the viewpoints.
Head up to the summit of the hill for sweeping views. On a clear day, you can spot major landmarks including the Shard, the London Eye, and the BT Tower.
At the top of the hill, you can visit the York stone which is inscribed with a quote from the British poet William Blake. This reads, “’I have conversed with the spiritual Sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.”
Meanwhile, the original “Shakespeare’s Tree” was planted here in 1864 to observe the 300th anniversary of the playwright and poet’s birth. Although the tree that you will see today was a replacement of the earlier tree.
2. Primrose Hill Playground
A children’s playground is sited at the southern end of the hill. If you are visiting hotels in Bayswater Road London with children then bring them here to burn off their energy and get some fresh air.
3. Regent’s Canal
Regent’s Canal passes in between Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park. You can extend your visit with a stroll or cycle along the towpath. Bicycles are available for hire via the Santander Cycles scheme.
Follow the path eastwards and you will wind up in Camden Town, known for its immense market and alternative pubs.
4. Primrose Hill Food Market
The Primrose Hill Food Market is held every Saturday, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm, at Elsworthy Court in the northeast of the park.
You can purchase seasonal vegetables and fruits, bakery products, cheeses, pantry items, and drinks. Besides this, you can pick up street eats and coffees to go.
This is a wonderful place to stock up on souvenirs from your stay at 4 star hotels London.
5. Blue Plaques
London is strewn with blue plaques that commemorate pivotal people from the literature, scientific, and political world. Primrose Hill features its share of plaques and you can enjoy roaming the handsome streets finding as many as you can.
Here are some suggestions to help you get started.
- Sylvia Plath, poet and writer: 3 Chalcot Square
- Ted Hughes, poet and writer: 23 Fitzroy Road
- Friedrich Engels, philosopher: 122 Regent’s Park Road
- A. J. P. Taylor, historian: 13 St. Mark’s Crescent
- Roger Fenton, photographer: 2 Albert Terrace
- Dylan Thomas, poet and writer: 54 Delancey Street
6. Regent’s Park
As Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are neighbours, it makes sense to visit them in tandem.
Regent’s Park contains a lake, flower gardens, and monuments. Together with Primrose Hill, these are beautiful places to experience greenery and tranquillity.
For those taking advantage of London hotels special offers for families, consider taking your children to ZSL London Zoo.
Tips for visiting Primrose Hill
Plan the perfect trip to Primrose Hill with these quick tips.
- If possible, visit Primrose Hill on weekdays rather than at the weekends. This is when you will have a quieter experience. For those planning a weekend getaway, aim to visit early in the morning. You could watch the sunrise and then return to 4 star hotels London for breakfast.
- Take layers when visiting the hill. Temperatures drop once the sun has set and it tends to be chillier in the morning. Even at the peak of summer, you will appreciate a light jacket or scarf.
- Pack a blanket to sit on if you want to avoid getting green stains on your clothes or sitting on damp morning grass.
- Dogs are welcome at Primrose Hill. Do not be alarmed if dogs come and say hello but do keep an eye on your picnic food, just in case.