Stylish & Practical
In the summer there is a happy vibe around Regents Park, with Londoners flocking to the grass with hamper and a frisbee at the ready. In the winter you feel like you are in the Cotswolds when you are tucked up in one of the pubs in nearby Primrose Hill Village with friends and family.
Regents Park is on the doorstep of Mornington Crescent, Camden Town and Marylebone where you get a slightly different vibe in each. The location also ticks all the practical boxes for London living – you are within a short cycle to The West End, a slightly longer ride to The City, a stroll down the Regents Canal to Kings Cross and Islington and a quick tube or taxi to Marylebone where you can catch the train to the countryside.
More than a zoo
It requires a certain level of fitness to get to the top of Primrose Hill (luckily we have been “doing” Joe Wicks a lot recently!), but the view always rewards the effort. Standing at the summit on a clear day, the London skyline seems to rise from the foot of the grassy slope, an arresting sequence that takes in the dome of St Paul’s and the spike of the Shard. The light plays on the distant buildings and although many of them had yet to be constructed when William Blake made his way here, it’s easy to see why the poet felt he had met the ‘spiritual sun’ on Primrose Hill. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and Primrose Hill is one of the most loved spots in the capital.
The view is great but, for us, it is the quiet places in the village that we love spending time in. A coffee sat on the bench outside Melrose & Morgan, a cup cake from Primrose Bakery, a pint at The Princess of Wales and a hot yoga session at Fierce Grace (don’t do a pint before hot yoga… ever!)
- Closest village/town: Primrose Hill!
- Pubs: The Princess of Wales - It’s the definition of a gastropub: dark wood, spacious modern decor, slightly quirky rococo chairs with faux velvet upholstery, and a bin full of new world wines – it’s a thoroughly pleasant place to stay and sink a few jars.
- Walks: Head down the Regent canal passing through Camden, Kings Cross, Islington and out East. Then get the bus home!