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Primrose Hill

Old-world lanterns and tributes to Blake and Shakespeare add a literary layer to this green knoll, which has one of London’s six protected viewpoints.

Primrose Hill offers some of the most iconic views of London’s towering skyline. Traditional British pubs and restaurants hedge the grassy knoll, where picnickers enjoy the exceptional vista. Find your own spot to lay down a blanket on the London-facing slope.

Snap photos of the cityscape, featuring such far-off landmarks as the BT Tower, The Shard and the London Eye. Also visible to the naked eye are the business centers of the Gherkin and One Canada Square, beside Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral. Note that the foreground comprises a dense forest in the northwestern corner of Regent’s Park. 

Go for a pleasant stroll along the paths crisscrossing through the park. Londoners congregate with friends and sunbathe here on sunny afternoons. Book in hand, relax on one of the benches, as you admire the views. Look for the neighboring districts of Hampstead and Camden in winter, when layers of snow or frost embellish the park.

A concrete viewing platform marks the summit of the steep grassy mount. Inspect the stone inscription from poet William Blake, referencing Primrose Hill. Stay here for the sunset, when crimson hues take hold over London. As night falls, admire the illuminated patterns made by traditional lanterns dotted around the park. 

Get a closer look at Shakespeare’s Tree, a replacement of the original specimen planted in 1864 to mark the 300th anniversary of the Bard’s birth. The initial planting ceremony drew large crowds.  

Consider the raucous history of the park, contrasting with its serene present setting. Battles and boxing matches broke out on the hill in the 19th century, when it was first opened to the masses.

Primrose Hill is just west of the Camden district in northern London. It flanks the northern side of Regent’s Park, a short walk from the Tube stations of Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent. Make your way to other nearby landmarks such as the London Zoo, the Jewish Museum London and the Roundhouse.

Popular Activities at Primrose Hill

Give yourself lots of time at Primrose Hill. Below are some of the best activities:

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London Marriott Hotel Regents Park NZ$259
London Marriott Hotel Regents Park

London Marriott Hotel Regents Park

128 King Henrys Road, London, England
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Camden, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of ZSL London Zoo, Lord's Cricket Ground, and Regent's Park. Baker Street and Royal Academy of Music are also within 2 mi (3 km). Swiss Cottage Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and London South Hampstead Station is 9 minutes.

    Hampstead Britannia Hotel NZ$106
    Hampstead Britannia Hotel

    Hampstead Britannia Hotel

    Primrose Hill Road, Hampstead, London, England
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Camden, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, and Lord's Cricket Ground. Baker Street and Royal Academy of Music are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 9 minutes by foot and Belsize Park Underground Station is 9 minutes.

      1 Bedroom Primrose Hill Apartment
      1 Bedroom Primrose Hill Apartment

      1 Bedroom Primrose Hill Apartment

      Oppidans Rd, London, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Camden, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, and Lord's Cricket Ground. Baker Street and Royal Academy of Music are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 7 minutes by foot and Belsize Park Underground Station is 15 minutes.

        4 Bedroom House Next to Primrose Hill
        4 Bedroom House Next to Primrose Hill

        4 Bedroom House Next to Primrose Hill

        Chamberlain Street, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Camden, this cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, and Lord's Cricket Ground. Baker Street and Royal Academy of Music are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and London Kentish Town West Station is 14 minutes.

          Hilton London Metropole NZ$283
          Hilton London Metropole

          Hilton London Metropole

          225 Edgware Road, London, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Marble Arch. Hyde Park and Baker Street are also within 15 minutes. Edgware Road Underground Station is only a 2-minute walk and Paddington Underground Station is 7 minutes.

            Bright Family Home in Primrose Hill
            Bright Family Home in Primrose Hill

            Bright Family Home in Primrose Hill

            56B King Henry's Road, Camden, Hampstead, Primrose Hill, London, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Camden, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, and Lord's Cricket Ground. Baker Street and Royal Academy of Music are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and Belsize Park Underground Station is 15 minutes.

              Stylish and Chic Regents Park Two bed
              Stylish and Chic Regents Park Two bed

              Stylish and Chic Regents Park Two bed

              9d Sharples Hall Street, London, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Camden, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, and Lord's Cricket Ground. Baker Street and Royal Academy of Music are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and London Kentish Town West Station is 14 minutes.

                Natural light and modern home in Primrose Hill
                Natural light and modern home in Primrose Hill

                Natural light and modern home in Primrose Hill

                1 Hopkinson Place, Fitzroy Road, Camden, London, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Camden, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park, and Lord's Cricket Ground. Baker Street and Royal Academy of Music are also within 2 mi (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 8 minutes by foot and Camden Town Underground Station is 15 minutes.