My Primrose Hill with Fergus McLaverty


My Primrose Hill is regular Q&A feature of the magazine where we ask residents and those who work in Primrose Hill about the neighbourhood.

Sixteen-year-old Fergus McLaverty lives in Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill. A Sixth Form student at the City of London School, by St Paul’s he plans to study history at university and keep his future career options very much open …

My earliest memory of Primrose Hill is…

I was born here so my memories go back as far as I can remember. I remember visiting the zoo from a young age and also walking down the high street and seeing some shops that are still there now, like Shepherds. These places have been a part of my whole life.

The best thing about Primrose Hill is…

It’s such a lovely area to live, it’s calm and I feel safe here. There’s also a real sense of community and I get the feeling that it will always keep its charm.

The worst thing about Primrose Hill is…

Probably that it gets more and more expensive to live here and, as some of the older shops close down, new ones come in that maybe don’t have the same spirit.

My favourite place in Primrose Hill is…

The high street. You can get breakfast there or just look around the shops. It’s not commercialised, which means you don’t get the chains you see elsewhere.

If I had the power the one change I would make is…

To keep the secret of Primrose Hill. There’s nothing wrong with people visiting the area but it gets really busy and it can be hard to even find somewhere on the hill to lounge about in summer. Sometimes, we want it just for us.

The person I would appoint as President of the Republic of Primrose Hill is…

It would have to be someone who would be comfortable contesting things that were important, who had important links and who was respected in the neighbourhood.

The change I’ve noticed most in the time I have lived in Primrose Hill is…

I’ve lived here my whole life and I still recognise a lot of things from when I was young. However, the reputation has changed from an arty area to one that is more chic.

What Primrose Hill lacks for the younger generation is…

There isn’t much purely for teenagers but you can still go out and have meal, and it does cater really well for the generation above.

Camden is a magnet for younger people. Do you think Primrose Hill should be more like that area?…

Camden is so close that Primrose Hill doesn’t need to be the same. It’s nice to come home to where it is more peaceful and tranquil.

Is Primrose Hill the kind of place you would like to remain as you grow older?

As Primrose Hill grows it’s only going to get more expensive but, economics aside, yes I would. I could see myself coming back and it’s a great place to start a family.

 

Article By Andrew Mortimer, Photo of Fergus by Nick Powell

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