Nestled between Camden Town, St John's Wood, Chalk Farm and Regent's Park, in the core of London and its outer suburbs, lies the wonderfully picturesque village of Primrose Hill, famed for its public park, which gives the place its name. Primrose Hill is set in the London Borough of Camden.
This relatively quiet area, which retains many of its original features, is the most coveted part of the neighbourhood and is home to some of the finest actors, musicians, poets and photographers in this country.
In stark contrast to nearby Camden Town, Primrose Hill has an air of affluence about it. This beautiful urban village, which comprises the streets situated between Chalk Farm and Primrose Hill park itself, is both prosperous and expensive, due to its location and rich history.
The three main postcodes in Primrose Hill are NW1, NW3 and NW5.
The wide open spaces, including Primrose Hill park which offers one of the loftiest points in London, appeals to people of all ages. The park offers the most spectacular hilltop views across Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north, along with Central London to the south east, including many of its striking landmarks.
London Zoo, which first opened to the public in 1827, is located nearby, as are Regent's Park and the Regent's Canal, which is a lovely place to take a stroll. There are also many shops on Regent's Park Road.
Meanwhile, the world famous Camden Town, which has a large indoor and outdoor market, is also just around the corner.
Primrose Hill, like nearby Regent’s Park, was a hunting forest during King Henry VIII's reign. The land was purchased by the Crown in 1841, and not long after, legislation was passed permitting the park to be made available to the public - 14 years after the local Zoo had been opened to the public. Locals have always maintained that the park, a highly popular leisure spot, should not be built upon, and that is why the open landscape has been retained.
Primrose Hill has long attracted artistically minded people, and was home to many famous people, illustrated by the large number of blue plaques plastered on homes around the area. Today, many affluent people continue to live in Primrose Hill, including celebrities.
The annual rate of council tax in Primrose Hill varies, and is dependant on a property's valuation band. The valuation band is determined by the value of the property and the current rates for the local council.
Council Tax in Primrose Hill is levied by Camden local authority
Primrose Hill offers a good selection of smart lifestyle shops, most of which are situated on a quaint shopping street. Many of the shops are small independent boutiques selling top class fashionable clothes or chic designer furnishings, while the local food shops mainly stock up on organic food and drink.
There are a number of chic cafes, restaurants, and pubs in Primrose Hill, which have mass appeal. A little further afield, Camden Town has lots of trendy pubs, bars and nightclubs, along with fashionable cafes and restaurants, particularly around Camden Lock.
Primrose Hill, one of the most desirable places to own or rent a home in North West London, has long attracted well established professionals and celebrity homebuyers.
The wide, tree-lined streets in Primrose Hill feature some of the most colourfully attractive houses and apartments in London. From elegant three and four-storey stucco-fronted houses and Victorian terraces, to large converted flats, properties in Primrose Hill command high prices.
There is a limited supply of homes in Primrose Hill on the market at any one time, especially family houses, which are most sought after. Properties in Primrose Hill and Gloucester Crescent are generally the most expensive to buy. More affordable homes can be found to the eastern and southern fringes of the village, including ex-local authority properties which are highly desirable.
There are some newer build homes in the area, but Primrose Hill is ultimately dominated by older homes which vary in size.
The cost of renting a home in Primrose Hill can also be expensive due to high rental demand, fuelled by the village's exclusivity, proximity to Central London, and good public transport links.
Primrose Hill is situated close to a few different tube stations, while there are a number of 24-hour bus routes and taxis operating in Camden Town, around the corner.
The nearby tube stations are Chalk Farm, Camden Town and Mornington Crescent, all served by the Northern Line, while Euston is served by the Victoria and Northern Lines.
This area guide is intended to give a general overview of the area, whilst the information contained is believed to be accurate at the time of publication no responsibility is accepted for any errors or subsequent alterations.