Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill Good for kids? Value for money? n/a Worth a visit? 203

The view from Primrose Hill is No.10 in our list of London’s best parks, and No.10 in our list of things to do for free.

At 203 feet Primrose Hill is a bit of a climb, but is well-worth the effort – it boasts some of the best views of London.

Its position north of Regent’s Park gives you a fine view of London Zoo below, as well as the City in the distance and Canary Wharf to the east.

The hill was once a popular spot for duellists, determined to stab each other to death on the heights. It also played host to an anti-aircraft battery during World War II. But these days you can bide your time on a bench with dog walkers and energetic joggers.

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  • donald – “If it's Sunny and there's a nice bit of wind then primrose hill is lovely, but if it's raining that it is absolute hell because you are totally exposed up there and I remember a few times when I have strolled up there with the dogs only to get absolutely soaked through to the skin. What they need is a nice little gazebo up there, or a little caravan cafe selling cups of tea and chargrill burgers. Of course you will get the locals moaning but it will be worth it. I could quite happily sit up there with the missus for an hour with a nice cup of tea.”
  • ian meyer – “Spent a very nice Sunday afternoon on primrose hill yesterday. It was a bit of a climb to the top and we were grateful for the benches at the top if you've got a bit of Sun and a nice breeze then there's nothing better than sitting up there watching the skyline for a while.”

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If you like heights then check out our list of London’s highest observation decks and hills

If you enjoy this then try: Camden Town (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from St Johns Wood to Camden Town); Parliament Hill (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from St Johns Wood to Hampstead) and Regent’s Park (walk it in 14 mins or catch a train from St Johns Wood to Regents Park).

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