London NW1 & NW3. Camden. London Property Area Guide.
Q. What’s your favourite view in London?
A. “From the top of Primrose Hill – the view across Central London is marvellous!”
Sound familiar? Over the years I’ve read numerous celebrity Q&A’s on London – and this one answer tops the bill!
Primrose Hill is a charming and affluent district just north of Regent’s Park and to the west of Camden Town. Residents love the area because it resembles a picturesque village – with the benefit of being just a tad north of Central London. It’s hard to believe it’s just a 10 minute walk from the maddening crowds of Camden Market!
The principle feature of the area is the grassy Hill from which the area takes its name. Popular throughout the year – during summer it’s heaving with people picnicking and sunbathing, whilst crowds flock there with toboggans on snowy winter days! The top of the hill is one of only six protected viewpoints in London.
Regent’s Park Road, the main shopping and dining centre of Primrose Hill is a delight to the senses. Numerous coffee shops, organic delis, restaurants, independent boutiques and design showrooms dot the pretty coloured Victorian high street properties.
THE “PRIMROSE HILL SET”
Fame came to the area in the form of the “Primrose Hill Set” – a popular cultural reference in the 80’s and 90’s – named after a group of celebrities, (Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Kate Moss, Ewan McGregor..) that lived in the area at the time and had a reputation for partying hard!
Just off Regent’s Park Road is a network of residential streets. The homes are highly desirable and the area has long attracted well-established professionals and celebrities from many different fields. Homes fronting the park command the highest prices, with most houses now sub-divided into flats.
Property in the area varies from elegant three and four storey stucco-fronted houses, Victorian terraces and some purpose built flats. Most apartments are forged from houses, subdivided into either 2 duplexes/ maisonettes or upto 6 apartments on single floors. The colourful properties of Chalcot Square are particularly desirable and the prettiest in the area.
Limited supplies of ex-council property are available in purpose built sixties, low-rise, blocks. More affordable homes are found on the borders with Camden Town. Often these are close to the rail line, which may well become busier with the proposed introduction of ‘High Speed 2.’
Property Type Renting Buying
Studio – 1 Bed £220-£1,200pw £150k – £600k
2 Bed Flat £350-£1,500pw £300k – £1m
3 Bed Flat £800-£2,000pw £600k – £2m
3 Bed House £600-£2,500pw £1m – £2m
4 Bed House £800-£6,500pw £1.4m – £5m
‘k’ = Thousand. ’m’ = Million.
+ Spoilt for green spaces with Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park
+ The Zoo on your doorstep!
+ Boho type pubs and fine dining choices in the area
+ Proximity to Camden Town with it’s eclectic choice to suit all tastes
+ Proximity to Central London
+ Beautiful tree lined streets
+ Family feel to the area
– A bit of a walk to tube and rail station
– Not well served for buses
– Shortage of affordable properties
– Will the high speed rail service from Euston – Birmingham affect property prices? Time will tell when the plans are unveiled later this year.
– There is perhaps a shortage of really useful shops in the immediate area (but Camden is so close!)
Pub for starspotting, perfect surroundings and good food: The Lansdowne, 90 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8HX
Feel like you’re on an idyllic Greek Island: Lemonia, 89 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8UY
Delicous Cup Cakes: Primrose Bakery, 69 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8LD
Adelaide Road to the North
Gloucester Avenue to the East
Prince Albert Road to the South
Avenue Road to the West
Postcodes covered in the area include primarily NW1 and also NW3.
PRIMROSE HILL LOCATION
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TUBE & OVERGROUND
Chalk Farm Tube: On the Northern Line (Edgware Branch)
Camden Town Tube: On the Northern Line
Swiss Cottage Tube (Zone 2): On the Jubilee Line
St John’s Wood Tube: On the Jubilee Line
The nearest Overground is Euston Station and Camden Road Station.
31 – Camden Town <-> White City bus station
274 – Islington <-> Lancaster Gate
C11 – Archway <-> Brent Cross shopping centre
N28 night bus: Camden Town <-> Wandsworth
N31 night bus: Camden Town <-> Clapham Junction
Primrose Hill Primary, Princess Road, NW1 8JL
St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Elsworthy Road, NW3 3DS
Havistock School, Crogsland Road, NW1 8AS.
See Camden for larger list of schools in the Camden area.
Primrose Hill has always been a popular enclave for those within the arts and media circuits.
Past & Present Residents:
Agyness Deyn, Supermodel
Alan Bennett, Author
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party
Eva Green, Actress
Gwen Stefani, Musician
Jamie and Jools Oliver, Celebrity chef and wife
Jude Law, Actor
W.B Yeats, Poet
Sadie Frost, Actress
Sienna Miller, Actress
Jon Snow, Broadcaster.
To name a few!
Primrose Hill belonged to Henry VIII before becoming property of the Crown and finally an open public space.
Formerly known as Greenbury Hill. Traditionally the home of Artists and those from the creative professions.