Sometimes you need a break from the hustle-bustle. Sometimes your lungs scream out: "fresh air, you haz? THXKBAI". When that happens...consider Primrose Hill.
It's a park. Beautiful at all times of the year, the city views from here are stunner. Go at sunset or - for the truly bold - go for sunrise. People are out there instagramming *without using a filter*; it's just that naturally beautiful.
Green, lush, but also small enough as a park that I don't get turned around and disoriented (sorry, Hyde Park). Good transportation options around the perimeter. Grab a coffee, friend, book, blanket, camera, fave tunes (essentially: some of your favourite things) and make it better by heading to the Hill. Trust.
Yelp note: a dangerous place for dog-envy...I wanted to fill my pockets with liver treats and Pied Piper-style lead ALL THE DOGS ON PRIMROSE HILL HOME WITH ME
Great park for views of the city, fresh air, and exercise. We came in hopes to take pics of the city at sunrise, but the view goes against the sun. I'd try for sunset if you're looking to take photos.
In general, very nice park filled with people working out and walking dogs.
such a lovely park with fantastic views of london. i came here on a cold autumn sunday, so the park was beautiful with all the changing colours of the season, but it would also be super amazing for a picnic on a hot summer day, to watch the sunset on a clear night, for a cold winter stroll...actually, it's probably amazing all the time.
it is also full of dogs - and lots of puppies when we were there - just lovely - my puppy had a great time playing with all the local pooches and rolling around in the grass (his favourite pastime)
Wait, we can review parks on yelp??? Why not?? Great place to go for the hill running and the views. There have been professional film crews there 90% of the times I've been - don't get distracted from your jog!
For a nice view of London, Primrose Hill is the place to go. I love going on a nice summer day for a picnic and to sit and watch the planes circle the city and fly over. It's a peaceful getaway from the chaos of the city.
In my opinion the view from Primrose Hill is the best in London, with every major landmark visible on a clear day.
It is also good for New Years Eve, as all the fireworks on the Embankment are visible without the hassle on being in the crowds on the Embankment.
Waaaay overdue post on primrose hill. I ventured a few times last summer and it was wonderful, didn't see any celebrities sunbathing away. (I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE DAILY MAIL GOT ALL THOSE PICTURES OF CELEBS FROLICKING?!) I see none. (or maybe I'm just out of touch with the celebrity world?)
The scenery is amazing, as you can look towards the south of the river, much like Greenwich Park's similar view from the south looking towards the north. It's a great view to take in on a summer's evening. But haven't been brave enough to venture that far in the winter! LOL
Huge park. Get up that hill, don't look back til you've reached the top, and enjoy the purty view.
Lovely park, hill with a nice view of the city...makes me wish I had a dog to walk.
Sure you might huff and puff on the way up, but the thing that will really take your breath away is the view from the top.
With a sunset to your back and an incredible view gently laid out in front of you, this is one of those quiet sacred spots that make you realize just how much you love living in the mayhem that is London.
Take a camera, take a picnic, take a book, take a partner, or just take your time and enjoy. It's like a veritable "reset" button. (I recommend pushing it a few times before taking out the entire game in an angry frenzy and giving it a full gusted blow.)
I like to walk and jog a little around this park... that is if the weather if good outside. It's usually a little gloomy and sometimes it drizzles but I always come out after the sun comes out.
It smells so good outside after a little rain and I love being able to people watch, but most of all I love being able to see all the happy dogs run around catching frisbees in the air.
I love London, and whenever I come here I feel at home.
Ok, so I may be a die-hard fan of Hampstead Heath, but I come to Primrose Hill to watch the sun go down. One of London's orangey, pink, and blue pollution endued palates of swirling clouds (the closest you're going to get to a perfect sunset down here) is best watched from this spot.
Close to the film-set-pretty streets of Notting Hill it's a very picturesque area, with whitewashed houses and picture-perfect gardens winding away from the hill itself. It's not as grand as Parliament Hill, but the sweetness of its nature draws in the old romantics to view dusk settle before heading onto one of the chic eateries in the area.
Primrose Hill is possibly one of the most perfect settings to begin an evening if you're in the area (guys take note!) as it's simply gorgeous.
Unbeknown to me Primrose Hill is not only my favourite spot for a picnic in my beloved north London, it is also a cracking spot for celebrating new years eve.
As 12 o'clock came and went, Primrose Hill was packed with revellers enjoying the embankment fireworks due to the height advantage. Tons of lanterns were set off, along with a few fireworks of our own, not to mention the festive drink and cheer that was bandied around a plenty. Without question the thousands of people who were there certainly had a fantastic time.
While in town last week, a friend took us to Primrose Hill to partake in Guy Fawkes Night activities.
It was a little chilly and rainy, but a surprising number of people turned out, and we all had a good view of the area fireworks. Despite the fact that fireworks are illegal in the park, a few people were also lighting off some of their own.
I'm sure this park is lovely during the day time, and especially during warmer months.
Allow me to tell you how much I love Primrose Hill. I love Primrose Hill SO much that my friends and I kept Picnic-ing while it was pouring down rain. I love Primrose so much that I try to hold my bladder as long as possible so I don't have to leave the park to use the loo. I love Primrose so much that I don't mind the children running around (AS long as they're properly supervised/on a leash/don't TOUCH me)...Clearly, I love Primrose.
Primrose Hill is my ultimate little park, next to Regent's, which means you can always hop over there for more action if necessary but really? the chill attitude of the park speaks volumes: it's well known but only really touristy at the top of the hill. There are loads of trees on one side of the hill and there is a particular one that is low enough to the ground and dense enough that you can actually sit under it when it's raining and stay completely dry (hence the picnic in the rain...but dry). I do occasionally go jogging here when it's warm and the hill is MURDER! but in a good way. Just make sure you dodge out of the pictures when you make it to the top of the hill....or make funny faces like you're puking. Might as well have some fun if you're going to be in pictures near Dame Judi's Bench. and you know she'd agree because she's cool like that.
There's also a fantastic wine shop down the road that's extremely helpful (must figure out what the name of it is and yelp it) and will give you great deals when you tell them you're on a picnic.
I can't express my love for this park with any more words so I'll just say... That'll do, Pig, That'll do.
If you are getting a bit tired of the busier nearby Regent's Park, why not venture to this more quiet park usually frequented by regulars and locals. This is a lovely park located in a very posh part of Camden, which also happens to have a literal hill. If you reach the top of the hill you will be treated by a very beautiful view of London which is always worth the short trek up there.
This really is the ideal location to come down for a picnic and some frisbie fun on a sunny afternoon, before hitting the local alternative Camden pubs.
Primrose Hill is a very pretty little park just North West of Regent's Park. As Catherine mentioned in her review, it is ideal when Regent's Park seems a little too much like a thoroughfare. Also, unlike many other London parks, there aren't really any activities, tennis courts, that sort of thing, which is suits the place's pleasant relaxed nature.
The hill itself is hardly substantial with, though because London is so flat it is high enough that you can see out across the town beyond the City. These views combined with the general feel of the place make it ideal for picnics, or lolling about with friends.
Ahh Primrose Hill - I remember the days when I could strap on my roller-skates (skates children not blades) and fly uncontrollably down the main path...screaming like a banshee as my dog tried desperately to keep up with me and bizarrely not hitting anyone (despite trying) or anything - (well other than the large tree place neatly in my path and that was just the once).
Nowadays - this place - or so it seems to me - is heaving with people. If I was single or indeed if I owned a long enough raincoat I would just come here on weekends to perv...soak up the atmosphere of all the beautiful people. Yes believe it or not you - yes you in that bikini thing over there - are beautiful a person.
All inferences aside this is a great park to picnic in during sunny times for all the family and for all you indie/hippy types out there (take a bath!!!) who have like 30 friends who turn up matching Pete Doherty Trilby hat ('cos their cool).
Kids playground is revamped. So by the time the sun hits - hey wait it has just hit - the kids should have lots of fun.
There was an outdoor gym area for the jocks but this was recently under redevelopment. I confess I don't know if it is still being used for the same purpose.
In any event this place does have a good atmosphere - and given a choice between sitting here or the much larger and less crowded Regents Park - I would and do go here....after all I am a beautiful person...oh god i didn't just say that - pass me a bucket.
This is a beautiful park with some of the most scenic views of London you can possibly find. It's located in a posh neighbourhood and you just may catch sight of a celebrity or two here.
It's well worth the walk up the hill to get a south facing view of London. Then you just walk down into the Camden market. I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon.
Should not be missed whether you are a local or tourist.
Best time to visit is late afternoon for sunset, but also a gem early morning for a jog or nice walk.
Also a great playground for kids and steps from the London Zoo!
So here I am... walking Primrose..
I can't be the only person that gets Girls Aloud embedded in their heads when visiting this park, but I'm not ashamed of my appreciation for GA or Primrose, so I'll openly admit to both.
For a while, this became my 'running' park, and has a good loop around the perimeter as well as the epic hill in the middle if you're ever feeling ambitious, though be careful that you don't look like you're about to collapse when you reach the top cause you'll be in a bunch of tourist's photos looking like a mess.
The top of the hill provides a great view of London, if you have a panoramic setting on your camera, now might be the time to figure out how to use it.
They film movies & tv shows up here now and then, so if you're a cinema buff, try to think of all the scenes involve the benches (like Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal).
If you're after a great place to laze around in the sun with friends or just escape the city and read the papers, Primrose is one of my favorite spots.
I am docking this place one star because I still have a singe mark on my coat from some Guy Fawkes Day fireworks gone wrong. Not the hill's fault, per say, but still ;)
This is a beautiful place to come to relax, nap, read, watch the sun set, or watch the sun rise, and take some great pictures.
As you wheeze on the walk up the hill, you may spot written on the path "The view is so nice". The words can still can be made out although now rather worn and faded. These are lyrics taken from Blur's "For Tomorrow" and despite modern life being 'rubbish', once you are up the hill the panorama will take you away and make you forget temporarily about your woes.
I have spent many a nostalgic sunny lazy day picnicking here with friends and in more recent times my boyfriend has forced me to go running up the hill. Yesterday was the first time in while I was struck with how lucky I actually am to live near somewhere so special and scenic. The sun finally out after a heavy afternoon of rainfall, the hill was much quieter than usual. We stretched out on the grass and basked in the warmth with the whole of London spread out before us. Serene, peaceful and romantic - a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
Primrose hill is a wonderful place to enjoy the rarely wonderful weather of London.
I went this year for an early afternoon stroll at the end of October, and it was beautiful. There were people jogging, having picnics in the grass, walking/playing with their dogs, families walking about and enjoying the views. The leaves were changing which was a sight to see, as well as a wonderful view of the city.
Definitely not a sight to be missed, for a local or a tourist! Enjoy :)
Ahhhhhhh, my favourite park! Set against the backdrop of candy-coloured rich-folk houses, this park is one of the best. It has both flat playing fields at the top side and a gently sloping hill that offers one of the best views in London - across the city including the London eye, canary wharf and Houses of Parliament.
The toilet block is in good nick, there's an encloses playground for little-uns and you're practically guaranteed a good celeb spot.
AND, when you run out of booze, you totter along Primrose Hill high street and there's a Nicholas wine shop waiting to serve you a cold bottle of rosé or two.
Many a great summers afternoon has been wasted here.
Primrose Hill is the best park in London - if not the world. When you're walking to the summit of the hill, you see that someone has rather charmingly painted the sentence 'But the view's so nice...' in white paint on the pavement. I'm not entirely sure if this is a reference to 'For Tomorrow' by Blur, but I'd really like to believe that it is.
If you've got the right amount of lower body strength, do be sure to walk all the way to the top so you can stand and look out at all of London laid out below you like a glorious patchwork quilt of possibilities. Back when I lived in Camden, my favourite thing to do after a big night out was to come here at 5am in the morning and watch the dawn break over North London. Even better, because it's not that far away from London Zoo, you'll hear all the tropical birds greeting the sun with a glorious dawn chorus of hooting and hollering.
If you're not such an early riser, it's still a great place for picnics, lovers trysts and impromtu games of 5-a-side football. Even better, if you hang about for long enough, you might even get to see some of those Primrose Hill set swinger type people that the News of the World are always so fond of writing about.
If you're in the area, it's definitely worth a trip up to the top of Primrose Hill. The views of London are fantastic. The main downside it you're quite far from most of the London skyline icons. As a park, it's a nice bit of green, but I would prefer to spend most of my time in nearby Regent's Park.
Primrose Hill provides Londoners with one of the best view of London. The walk up a steep hill is more than rewarded. You are given a panoramic view from east to west and at the top there is a plaque giving a description of what you are looking at. The view is fantastic.
The gates stay open all night so during the summer nights, there could be people there anytime, it is definitely a romantic spot.
On Fireworks night, the puts on a great display, I have been a few times and the view with fireworks going off throughout London, along with the amazing display that the park provides, I don't think you can find a better place. The only problem is parking, so if on the next 5th of November you plan on going to Primrose Hill, get there early.
If you want to see a beautiful view of London, then climb to the top of Primrose Hill. This is a beautiful little park located in North London, and is known to be home to residence such as Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gerri Halliwell, and (me for a brief 9 months) to name a few. Yes I enjoyed my overpriced box that I lived in, but I was paying for the area not the flat. This beautiful area has been noted in many books, songs, films, and poems, once you visit it, it won't be hard to see why. There are cute little boutiques as you walk up the high street towards the park. This is a family oriented park, with no lack of yummy mummies, with children and pets in-tow.
This is such a beautiful park with gorgeous views of London in a quiet setting. It can get a bit busy with foot traffic, but its worth the trek to the top for the great photo opps. There are tons of great shops and such in walking distance so when you get bored with the view, you can move along to that, but so worth the trip, even if it is out of your way.
On a warm, sunny day, pack a picnic lunch, a blanket, and a camera and head here for a relaxing lunch away from the bustle of the city and some outstanding photo ops.
Before the London eye, this was where one could get the best view of London. Indeed it's still a fairly good view, perhaps better given that London is a clearly-laid out panorama on the horizon and you can just about make out every other landmark. In fact at the top of the hill is a plaque to help you identify all the landmarks.
My favourite London Park. The views are outstanding, the scale manageable and the locale is lovely. Spent an especially happy afternoon here in an advanced state of, er, over refreshment before chugging into Camden to try & soak it up with a curry. I failed. Going to the Zoo, Camden Market, the Canal or celeb spotting? Come here too!
The best thing about this park is the view. Climb up the hill and enjoy the cityscape on a clear day and then enjoy one of the numerous cafes or bars afterwards. It's really close to the rest of Regents Park and London Zoo too.
Primose Hill (including Regents Park) is a part of a cluster of parks underneath the Royal Parks. Right next to Regents Park, Chalk Farm (on the Northern Line) or Regent Park (on the Bakerloo line) are the nearest London Underground stations. Primose Hill eclipses the other London parks, if stunning views float your boat. From the top of Primose Rose hill you can literally take in some of the most beautiful views of central London and beyond (depending upon which way you look and this isn't an exaggeration). Primose Hill is a perfect location for for sprawling out on a checked blanket, with a picnic basket and a couple of bottles of LPR (Lauren Perrier Rose) on a beautiful summer's day (or night). There are also serveral great pubs and restaurants bordering the park providing an escape route when it gets a bit chilly (we are in England, you know...).
beautiful place to have a picnic and catch the sunset.
LOVE this park, I love going here in the summer with a rug and a book, it's also great to take visitors to, as the views of London are great. Dont go if you don't like dogs, there are a lot of dog walkers!!
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