Old Primrose Hill Village

Chalk Farm tube station, London

Guided by Anne-Marie

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
15 August 2020 Tour du Jour2.30 pm4.30 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 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.


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Old Primrose Hill Village walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.