Primrose Hill has one of the best views of London with Central London to the south-east and Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north. Located on the northern side of Regent’s Park, it’s 256 feet (78 metres) high. As one of the most exclusive and expensive residential areas in London, it’s home to many celebs like Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller and Gwen Stefani.
Other than its famous residents, Primrose Hill has been immortalized in movies, tv and music:
- H.G. Wells’ book “The War of the Worlds”, Primrose Hill was the site of the final Martian encampment
- In Dodie Smith’s “The Hundred and One Dalmatians”, the Dearly family live in the area
- It’s referred to in a poem by William Blake: “I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill’. I hope people come to love and appreciate this in the same way.
- Oasis took the black and white photo for the cover of the single “Wonderwall” here where a girl is shown through a frame
- Primrose Hill is referred to in “Emit Remmus” (summer time backwards), a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1999 album Californication
- The top of Primrose Hill is shown in the opening scene of “Bridget Jones Edge of Reason”
As well, people come to take pictures of the “Dench bench” where Dame Judi Dench sat in the film “Notes on a Scandal”. But one of the most controversial photo opportunities were the the words, “And the view’s so nice” from Blur’s 1993 song “For Tomorrow” became a landmark after being written on the path leading to the summit in 2000. But in the summer of 2012, the council had it removed as it was considered graffiti. Residents have opposed its removal and are fighting to have it reinstated, so literally watch that space!