When even a whisper of warmth sends we sun-starved English folk outside, Saturday’s riot of dazzling sunlight unsurprisingly tipped many Londoners onto the streets. I was by no means immune and on waking to blue skies, ditched my plans and headed to Primrose Hill to drink in the rays (wearing SPF OF COURSE).
Primrose Hill is one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon – it still has a village feel, the little shops make for excellent browsing and the hill itself offers a wonderful spot for a picnic. Oh, and there’s always the odd recognisable face in the crowd to spice things up a bit (Saturday offered Daisy Lowe and Nigel Havers up).
That said, it being February, it was still too cool out to just saunter around purposelessly. Instead, I broke the afternoon with a stop at Negrozio Classica for a portion of mozzarella, perused the shelves of Space NK (and made a purchase), got lost among the many books in Primrose Hill Books (and made a purchase), and was drawn by the wonderful smell emanating from the street vendors (and made a purchase).
Head along tout suite for an indulgent afternoon soaking in the atmosphere (and take your credit card, in case you are also prone to purchasing).
Inside my Primrose Hill address book //
– Primrose Hill Books, 134 Regent’s Park Road – lots of books in a bookshop with character.
– Negozio Classica, 154 Regent’s Park Road – a Tuscan-inspired wine bar that also make some excellent food.
– Space NK, 156 Regent’s Park Road – hardly unique to PH, but still a nice stop-off for the cosmetics-obsessed.
– Fitzroy’s, 77 Regent’s Park Road – flowers and antiques in an old-fashioned shop that is hard to pass without wanting to stroll in.
– The Little One, 115 Primrose Hill – this is indeed a little one, but it is still one mighty inviting place on the strength of its coffee.
– Cowshed Spa, 115-117 Regent’s Park Road – alright, I’ve not been for a treatment here so can’t recommend on that front but it looked pretty peachy from the outside…