One evening in the early 1980s Anita Harding took her own life at the Oldfield Estate in Primrose Hill. Sitting with her throughout was her friend Charlotte Hough, whom she had met through a Camden volunteer service. Anita had confided in Charlotte that when the pain and misery of living with crippling arthritis and blindness became too much, she would take her own life; and … Continue reading The Promise
I moved to Primrose Hill in September 2015. I knew nothing about the area: I just thought it looked rather lovely! I quickly got involved with Primrose Hill Community Association, met lots of local people and realised that many residents have lived in the area all their lives. Such is its charm and villagey feel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else? As part … Continue reading Through The Keyhole
Primrose Hill locals Karmen Alcala from Hackett’s hairdressers and JC from L’Absinthe recently got married. We sent Holly Collis to ask the questions we many locals wished we could ask them. To Karmen Holly: How did you react when JC proposed? Karmen: It took me by surprise as I was not expecting it! I could not believe such a beautiful thing was happening to me. … Continue reading A Primrose Hill Love Story
The Primrose Hill Community Centre is putting on its 4th retro styled disco on 3 February 2018. After the success of the previous Motown & 60’s dance nights the decades are expanding and this time local DJs will be spinning tunes from the 1960s right through to 1989. Expect to hear songs from The Beatles, Blondie, Rolling Stones, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Frank … Continue reading Vintage Disco – Dance to the sounds of 60’s, 70’s & 80’s
Windows on the Past throws some light on buildings and businesses in Primrose Hill. Small Inn Attached to a Farm Lower Chalcot was an ancient farm sited up a lane which led west from the main Hampstead road. It may have offered refreshments from a very early date, as it was a convenient stopping place for those journeying north/south. The first definite reference to a tavern … Continue reading Windows on the Past: The Chalk Farm Tavern
Ron Holding tells us about his memories of St Paul’s CE Primary School, Primrose Hill… I’m still wondering how many times I have opened gates, changed loo rolls; how many teachers, how many kids; I’ll work it out later. My father-in-law was a school-keeper in Pimlico. He suggested I try for a job in a school. I had changed from being a chef to trying my … Continue reading Memories of St Paul’s Caretaker
On sunny summer Sundays the population of Primrose Hill seems to explode, as fellow Londoners and savvy tourists flock to enjoy our wonderful views, shops and eateries. This is great for local businesses and brings a buzzing holiday vibe. However, the sea of merry picnickers on the hill and minor traffic chaos on Regent’s Park Road can feel a little overwhelming, especially as the mercury … Continue reading Keep your cool
We put a number of readers’ questions to the police, who are responsible for enforcing the Royal Parks’ regulations. “The Metropolitan Police hold Community Ward panels every 6 to 8 weeks to ensure that local policing teams are tackling the problems highlighted by park users and local residents,” reports Mark Ottowell, of the Met’s Territorial Policing press office. “The objective is to get information and … Continue reading Policing Primrose Hill
Our urban environments are always evolving and Primrose Hill is no different. Local businesses make a significant contribution to the unique ‘village’ lifestyle enjoyed by Primrose Hill residents. Micael Johnstone explores the trends driving some of the Hill’s recent changes and looks at ways in which local shops and restaurants can continue to thrive. Walking through Primrose Hill on a sunny day and browsing the … Continue reading A Happy High Street?
Last orders in The Queen’s has long gone, the early morning runners are yet to brave the Primrose Hill summit, and the school’s weekday residents are all tucked up in bed – it’s time for the weekend to take hold at St Paul’s primary school… Morning! Bleary-eyed and still getting used to the steadiness of dry land, it’s 4.30 a.m. and resident fishmonger Mick from … Continue reading Behind the stalls: A day in the life of Primrose Hill Market.