Primrose Hill Estate Agents Property Guide
Primrose Hill History
Primrose Hill may be only 63m or 206ft above sea level but the view from the top is stunning, from the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf to the London Eye, with St Pauls rising majestically at the centre.
In medieval times the hill was a forest ‘full of the lairs and coverts of game, stags, bucks, boars and wild bulls’. In Queen Elizabeth’s time the trees were cleared and the hill became meadowland, also acquiring its name in honour of the flowers that bloomed there.
In the 17th century the noted soothsayer Mother Shipton predicted that when London surrounded Primrose Hill the streets of the city would run with blood. Happily, she seems to have got it wrong.
The hill’s 206 acres of park was popular with duellists in the 18th century, and was also the scene of many notable political rallies including the Chartists. In 1864 a huge rally was held in support of Garibaldi, the man who united Italy.
Primrose Hill has become a popular movie location with British directors. The view from the top was used in the 1987 spy thriller The Fourth Protocol and in the 1997 award winner, Career Girls. Primrose Hill also starred in the opening credits of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).
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Less aristocratic than other enclaves in NW1 and more bohemian than Hampstead, Primrose Hill has been drawing artists, musicians, poets and media professionals for decades.
The area to the west of Primrose Hill consists of early Victorian terraces and crescents, perennially popular for their charm and community spirit. To the north, wide streets are lined with detached houses set in spacious gardens.
Needless to say, properties that look out onto the Hill itself fetch very high prices indeed. Properties on Chalcot Square - with their pastel facades - generate a deluge of interest whenever one comes onto the market. Also popular is any property in Primrose Hill that have been designed by architect John Nash.
Top Attractions in Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill really is the definition of a high-end urban village. Organic delis, chic interior design shops, couture clothing boutiques are discreetly doing business in Primrose Hill, serving the A-list local residents.
Forget Bond Street or the Westfield Shopping centres. When shopping in Primrose Hill, almost everything is cutting edge and unusual. Pamela Shiffer, Anna, Rachel Skinner and Elias & Grace are the go-to boutiques for the well heeled. Primrose Hill is also home to a multitude of food-serving gastro pubs and restaurants to choose from. Popular examples include The Engineer, The Queens, Primrose Patisserie and The Lansdowne.
When it comes to downtime, residents can be found at The Princess of Wales for regular comedy nights, browsing the shelves of Primrose Hill Books for a new read or just taking in the magnificent views across London from the top of the hill itself.
Primrose Hill Transport
Primrose Hill has good connections with Central London and the West End via the Northern line, accessible through Chalk Farm and Camden Town underground stations. Camden Road overground station as well as Euston train station are in easy reach, offering transport links to other parts of London and Greater London.
If you are interested in buying, selling or renting property in Primrose Hill, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sandfords. Our Primrose Hill estate agents are ready to assist with more information and advice on the Primrose Hill property profile, accurate property valuations and a great selection of property for sale or to rent in the area.
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