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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.

Give yourself heaps of time at Primrose Hill. Below are some of the best things to do:

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London Marriott Hotel Regents Park NZ$256
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 miles (3 km). Swiss Cottage Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and London South Hampstead Station is 9 minutes.

    The Strand Palace Hotel NZ$282
    The Strand Palace Hotel

    The Strand Palace Hotel

    372 The Strand, London, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charing Cross Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Covent Garden Underground Station is 5 minutes.

      Hampstead Britannia Hotel NZ$105
      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 miles (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 miles (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 9 minutes by foot and Belsize Park Underground Station is 9 minutes.

        Danubius Hotel Regents Park NZ$223
        Danubius Hotel Regents Park

        Danubius Hotel Regents Park

        18 Lodge Road, St. Johns Wood, London, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City of Westminster, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lord's Cricket Ground, Regent's Park and London Business School. Abbey Road Crossing and Queen Mary's Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). St. John's Wood Underground Station is 10 minutes by foot and Marylebone Underground Station is 14 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 miles (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 miles (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 7 minutes by foot and Belsize Park Underground Station is 15 minutes.

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            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 miles (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 miles (3 km). Chalk Farm Underground Station is 6 minutes by foot and London Kentish Town West Station is 14 minutes.

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              Fantastic 1 Bedroom Flat in Great Location

              Fantastic 1 Bedroom Flat in Great Location

              Ainger Road, London, England
                 
                3.0 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.

                Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage - Hostel NZ$48
                Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage - Hostel

                Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage - Hostel

                40 College Crescent, Swiss Cottage, London, England
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Camden, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Lord's Cricket Ground, ZSL London Zoo and Regent's Park. Baker Street and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km). Swiss Cottage Underground Station and Finchley Road Underground Station are within a 5-minute walk.