Old Primrose Hill Village
Chalk Farm tube station, London
Guided by Anne-Marie
|Day||Walk Type||Start Time||End Time|
|15 August 2020|| Tour du Jour||2.30 pm||4.30 pm|| Summer|
Short read: Platonic ideal of a London village…
Long read: Stuccoed Italianate villas. Best sightlines in London.* “The very last word in London bohemia” in the 1960s. Today? Simply posh. Let alone outrageously expensive.
Great square. Cluster of agreeable shops, cafes and restaurants. Breath-taking literary associations: William Butler Yeats, Alan Bennet, Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, V. S. Pritchett, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. (Here she wrote some of her greatest poetry and The Bell Jar
. Here she took her life. I can’t go past that house without being haunted by that last morning – the sleeping children, the wet towels carefully arranged underneath the kitchen door, the cleaning lady coming late because of the snow.) History aplenty – going back to Henry VI (mid-15th century). Film scenes aplenty (so many have been shot in Primrose Hill residents have begun to complain about the frequent disruption. Local guide: Anne-Marie.
*The sightlines to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Palace of Westminster are so spectacular they’ve been designated “strategic views”
and are safeguarded from inappropriate development.
PRIMROSE HILL VILLAGE – THE PRACTICALS
Primrose Hill Village takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, August 15.
To go on the Primrose Hill Village walk meet Anne-Marie just outside the exit of Chalk Farm Tube Stop.
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