Where to live if you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous

Sarah Thum-Bonanno is back for her weekly area guides. Her previous posts were about Chelsea and Hackney.

Primrose Hill

Popular with the rich, famous and beautiful. After spending an afternoon here, you’ll see why!

I would describe Primrose Hill as a ‘quiet gem within a busy city’.

As soon as you walk over the bridge at Chalk Farm underground, you enter a quiet village-like area with many independent restaurants and shops. Last year the first chain shop, Space NK, opened in Primrose Hill, much to the residents’ disapproval!

Many of the shops and restaurants are quite expensive and even the local newsagent has Primrose Hill prices.

My two favourite restaurants are the well-known Greek restaurant, Lemonia, and the vegetarian restaurant, Manna.

Lemonia is a Primrose Hill institution

Lemonia is a Primrose Hill institution

Primrose Hill is surrounded by the beautiful Primrose Hill Park to the west and Regents Park to the south.  Walking through these parks to get to Oxford Street seriously beats the crowded underground or bus!

If you do need public transport, the closest underground station, Chalk Farm, is just outside of Primrose Hill.

Primrose Hill Park offers stunning views over London

Primrose Hill Park offers stunning views over London

Renting properties in Primrose Hill is expensive so if you do want to live there, just prepare yourself for high costs and small space.

If you don’t get the chance to live there, I’d still recommend visiting it. Head for the hill on Bonfire Night (5th November) and get a fantastic view of all the firework displays across London!

Or visit any other day, and you may bump into one of the many celebrities that live in the area.

Kentish Town

Kentish Town is fifteen minutes walk away from Primrose Hill and is a slightly less expensive area.

Like Primrose Hill, it is extremely central and has easy access to Camden and Central London. From Kentish Town it is also very easy to get to Hampstead Heath – a great place for weekend walks as you feel like you are in the open countryside!

The mixed bathing pond in Hampstead Heath

The mixed bathing pond in Hampstead Heath

If outdoor swimming doesn’t take your fancy, Kentish Town Sports Centre has a newly modernised swimming bath.

Kentish Town has a basic high street with many of the main shops. Not as quaint and unique as Primrose Hill, but also not as expensive!

I’d recommend both Kentish Town and Primrose Hill.  They are both extremely central areas and very convenient if you work in central London.

Whilst Primrose Hill is more quaint, Kentish Town is more affordable.

Good luck choosing between them!

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