Primrose hill is located just north of Regent’s Park in the borough of Camden, offering stunning views of central London, Hampstead and Belsize Park. Once part of Henry VIII’s hunting ground, parts of the chase have become an expensive residential area with its quaint Victorian terraces and open space making it one of the most fashionable districts in London. There are great restaurants of all descriptions, cosy cafés and a welcome number of independent stores to discover. Select one of the hotels near Primrose Hill and use it as a great base from which to explore.
Things to do
Take a stroll in Regent’s Park, one of the Royal Parks in London and discover the carefully tended Queen Mary’s Gardens with its open-air theatre. Home to London Zoo, the oldest scientific zoo in the world, with its many species of animals, there’s also a boating lake, children’s playgrounds and some beautiful informal English gardens.
Regent’s Canal, once a thoroughfare for cargo accessing the London docks, threads its way through Regent’s Park. Enjoy a cruise along the canal in one of the many brightly coloured narrow boats and watch the world go by. Alternatively, take a picnic to Hampstead Heath, with its beautiful lakes and ancient woodland. It’s great for swimming, running or simply wandering in the dappled shade.
The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret, in St Thomas’ Street offers an insight into how surgical procedures were conducted, without the use of anaesthesia. Various lectures can be booked giving a real insight into how medicine has changed throughout the ages.
The Jewish Museum on Albert Street contains a collection of ceremonial art, said to be one of the best in Britain. Learn about Jewish history, using film, photography and interactive exhibits. Various music recitals are also held here throughout the year.
For those with an interest in the works of Sigmund Freud, his home in Maresfield Gardens, known as the Freud Museum, is complete with his original furniture and famous psychoanalytic couch. There’s also an awe-inspiring private collection of antiquities from Egypt, Rome, Greece and the Orient on display.
The Lisson Gallery, in Bell Street, houses an astounding collection of contemporary art, displaying works from artists such as Richard Long and Ai Weiwei. Minimalism, conceptual art and pioneering sculpture can be found here.
Fenton House, owned by the National Trust, is a 17th-century merchant’s house in Hampstead with a beautiful collection of paintings, needlework and porcelain on display. Marvel at the Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, or stroll through the 300-year old orchard.
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