Suns out, picnic blankets out!
We all know that as soon as the nice weather arrives, the majority of Londoners pack up their bags, grab a blanket and head to the nearest park. With so many to choose from, climbing to the top of a hill may not be at the top of everyone’s list. But the moment you lay eyes on the incredible panoramic views of the city skyline you'll see why Primrose Hill is such a popular spot for a picnic.
Primrose Hill is said to be named after the number of primroses which once grew here and until the 19th century it was no more than a woodland area filled with trees and used as a hunting ground by English monarchs. Throughout its history the park has changed very little, and just strolling around the surrounding streets you will see remnants of the London village during the 20th century.
Today Primrose Hill is a hugely desirable place to live and was made famous by some of the many celebrities who once lived (or still live) here. A group of London-based celebrities including Kate Moss, Davinia Taylor, Ewan McGregor, Sadie Frost and Jude Law became known as the “Primrose Hill Set” during the 1990s, driving visitors to flock to the area in the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous faces.
Climb to the top of Primrose Hill and enjoy spectacular views of the London skyline from 63 metres above sea level and from six different viewpoints. The trees are kept low so the view won't be obscured, and on a sunny day you can see landmarks like The London Eye, The Shard, and the BT Tower. There are helpful plaques at the top of the hill to identify the landmarks which can be spotted from the top.
Visitors can also easily walk from Primrose Hill to the nearby Regent's Park, ZSL London Zoo, and quirky Camden Town. By walking through St. John's Wood visitors can cross the famous Abbey Road, and even see Abbey Road Studios.
Our Picnic Tips
- If you want to avoid the large crowds, visit Primrose Hill on weekdays rather than at weekends.
- If you’re planning to spend the whole day there, try to dress warmly or bring a sweater or jacket with you, as it can get cold at night.
- Keep your eyes peeled for some famous celebrities!
- Although there are some benches within the park, on a busy day it’s unlikely you’ll manage to grab one so make sure to take a picnic blanket with you.
- There aren’t really any bad picnic spots in the park, however, we recommend sitting a little further down the hill to avoid your food and drink rolling down the fairly steep gradient.
How to get there
By tube - The nearest tube station is Chalk Farm Tube Station and is an eight minute walk from Primrose Hill
By train - The nearest train station is Kentish Town and is a 21 minute walk away.
By bus - you can reach Primrose Hill via routes 1, 13, 18, 27, 30, 31, 74, 82, 113, 139, 159, 189, 274, C11 and C2.
By car - there is a car park located on King Henrys Road (which is half a mile from Primrose Hill) and Regent's Park Road (a quarter of a mile away from Primrose Hill).