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Living in Primrose Hill: The Local Area Guide

A Guide to Living in Primrose Hill

On the northern side of Regent's Park, Primrose Hill is also an infamous residential area just one and a half miles from the centre of London. Once acquired by Henry VIII, the area was opened up as public space in 1842 and has long been one of the more desirable districts in the urban area that stretches between the centre of the capital and the outer suburbs. It is this location and the quality of its socio-historical development that has maintained its status as an exclusive and prosperous London village.

The Regent's Canal was built at the same time as the Park and lies on its northern boundary, cutting north to Camden Town at Cumberland Basin, offering a link between Primrose Hill and Camden Town. The canal route was long plagued by controversy with the Crown refusing direct access through the centre of the Park. In the mid to late 1800s a railway line was introduced but in the years that followed demand for rail travel grew and the railroad traffic increased, leading to urban and social decay in Primrose Hill and neighbouring areas.

However, since then the area has been adopted as home by movers and shakers of the arts, entertainment and media scene, and it is now awash with chic celebrities. The luxurious Victorian houses and flats that line the streets are not the only places to live in Primrose Hill, which also has a thriving bohemian community living aboard houseboats on the Regent's Canal.

Demographics

There are more than 12,600 people living in Primrose Hill, with the average age of residents being 32 years old. Almost 40% of people living in the area are educated to degree level and almost 15% are retired.

The average price of a four bedroom house in the area is £2.9m.

Primrose Hill. Image courtesy of Flickr user Duncan

Education

Primrose Hill has two nursery schools and two primary schools, namely Primrose Hill Primary School and St Pauls C of E School. Secondary provision in the area is accessible at Haverstock School; a business and enterprise college which includes a sixth form and offers facilities for students aged 11 years to 18 years old. There are a range of schools in surrounding areas which are also within catchment including Regent's High School and the UCL Academy.

University College School is one of a number of independent schools in the area and offers private day schooling for boys and girls aged three years to 18 years.

Francis Holland School is an independent day school for girls aged 11 to 18 years.

Transport

Primrose Hill is very well connected to the rest of London by road and offers access to onward links to the motorway network. Pedestrians can get around Primrose Hill easily and can also access the Regent's Canal tow path, and a number of frequent bus routes operate in and around the area.

Rail travel includes Chalk Farm underground station on the Edgeware branch of the Northern Line, running between Camden Town and Belsize Park. Mainline services can be picked up at several London train stations including London Victoria, London Paddington and London Marylebone. Air travel connections are accessible at airports including London City Airport, London Gatwick, and London Heathrow.

Amenities and Shopping

Primrose Hill is a lively shopping and entertainment destination for residents and visitors alike. Salons, clothing stores, jewellers, homewares stores and designer boutiques line the streets as do fine food outlets and delicatessens. Restaurants offer world cuisine including English, Italian, French, Russian, Greek and Sardinian foods as well as vegan and vegetarian dining, ice cream outlets, creperies and more.

In addition to the obvious Primrose Hill and Regent's Park, recreational spaces include Chalcot Square Gardens as well as the canal towpath walks.

There are three theatres in the area including the nearby Hampstead Theatre which hosts performances including those featuring cast members from the big and small screen. London Zoo is in Regent's Park, with the park also hosting a variety of events and activities including exercise classes.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.