Primrose Hill is No.10 in our list of London's best parks, and the view from the top is No.10 in our list of things to do for free
You can find Primrose Hill just north of Regent's Park (just across the road), and it offers one of the best views of the London skyline from anywhere in the city.
When you first clap eyes on it it doesn't seem like a hill at all, but once you start trekking to the top you'll soon realise that it's steeper than it looks! When you finally get to the summit you can have a sit down on one of the benches and enjoy an uninterrupted view from the London Eye to the skyscrapers at Canary Wharf.
It should be easy enough to pick out the London Eye, St. Paul's Cathedral and The Shard, but can you see the Gherkin and Houses of Parliament? You can also stare down the hill towards London Zoo, and pick out the Snowdon Aviary. They've got a big silver plaque up there explaining where they all are, just in case you need a little help.
They've got a few benches in case you need a sit-down, but for some inexplicable reason there's no burger caravan (why? why?), so you can't buy yourself a drink. And trust us: you will definitely need a drink after climbing that hill! That's one of the best things about the view from the top of Greenwich Hill: the sausage and burger stall at the top. So if you think you'll need a drink at the top of Primrose Hill then you have to remember to take it yourself.
You might like to read Craig's review of Primrose Hill on his blog before you go, which includes some more photos of the view. Feel free to ask him a question about Primrose Hill, or write your own review on the forum. You might like to read Craig's Regent's Park review as well, because you'll probably decide to walk through it to get there.
If you enjoy walking up hills then you check out Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath as well, because that has the finest view of all.
Guest – “The big silver viewing panel has disappeared again (as of January 2013) - anyone know why, is it being updated or has it been vandalised?”
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Craig’s review – “The first time you clap eyes on Primrose Hill you'll kid yourself into thinking it's an easy climb. From the ground it's not much taller than the treetops. You can even see a lamppost higher than the summit of this thing. But trust me: once you start climbing you'll wish they had a cable car, because this hill is a lot steeper than it looks! (Or maybe I'm just very un… continued”
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