Moving to Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill
Are you moving to Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill? Just north of the West End, in the form of several concentric circles, Regent’s Park is one of London’s most beautiful and popular green spaces. To the south, east and west sides, spectacular terraces designed by John Nash form London’s most prestigious addresses—and within the park there are a number of outstanding historic villas, one of which is the American Ambassador’s Residence. For lesser mortals, the streets around Primrose Hill, just to the north, offer splendid Victorian terraces that have long proved popular with members of the media and entertainment industries.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Regent’s Park & Primrose Hill report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Regent's Park and Primrose Hill on the map
Lying just north of Marylebone Road, Regent’s Park forms a natural border between central and north London. Two ring roads, the Outer Circle and the Inner Circle allow traffic to pass through the 410 acre park, while along the northern perimeter, the Regent’s Canal links Camden with Maida Vale. Directly to the north of the park, Primrose Hill offers fine view over London, and forms the focus of one of the city’s most fashionable residential villages.
A major element of the area’s enduring popularity is its proximity to central London. Furthermore, it’s well served by transport links. London Underground stations at Marylebone, Baker Street, Regent’s Park, Great Portland Street, Warren Street, Chalk Farm and St John’s Wood give access to the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Victoria, Jubilee, Bakerloo and Northern lines. Marylebone is the local overground station for Chiltern Railways connections to Birmingham and Stratford Upon Avon. King’s Cross and St Pancras are also conveniently close. Access by road is equally good—living near the junction of the Marylebone Road and the start of the A41 means quick getaways to the M1 to go north and the A40 to the west.
Regent’s Park is hemmed by spectacular Nash terraces which now command some of the highest prices in London. Although many of them are used as offices, more recently there has been a move to reconvert them into grand residential properties. Primrose Hill offers a wider variety of houses and apartments but still commands high prices due to its excellent location.
- The Terraces—there are 10 elegant regency terraces abutting Regent’s Park. Many have been/are being renovated and prices for a grand villa with views over the park start at upward of £30 million. These 10 terraces, Park Square and Park Crescent just to the south, are definitely the preserve of the super-wealthy.
- Regent’s Place—in a small triangle to the east of the park and bounded by Euston’s railway lines, a hive of streets has also been seeing redevelopment. Regent’s Place is a 13-acre estate that comprises 2 million square feet of office, retail and residential property in an excellent location. Look out for apartments at Allsop Place, One Osnaburgh Street and North East Quadrant.
- Primrose Hill—this is one of London’s loveliest inner city villages, benefitting from the open space of the hill and straddling the bustling Regent’s Park Road. The area offers large detached houses, semi-detached villas and stucco terraces—most notably on Prince Albert Road, Regent’s Park road, Albert Terrace and St Mark’s Square. These lie in the southern part of Primrose Hill, where prices are highest.
- Chalcot Square—this terraced square with stucco and pastel paintwork to the northeast of the village is hugely popular. Nearby the Chalcots Park Estate offers 1970s houses and flats, many of which have been elegantly updated.
- The best roads—in Primrose Hill include Chalcot Crescent, Elsworthy Road, Wadham Gardens, Chalcot Square and St George’s Terrace.
Who lives here and why?
Regent’s Park has been popular since Georgian times, with its exquisite villas overlooking the park—and has certainly now become an enclave for high-net-worth individuals. Primrose Hill may have taken longer to reach prominence but it’s always been popular with the artistic community, a link that continues to this day.
- The American Ambassador lives in Winfield House in Regent’s Park, reputed to have the second largest garden in the capital after Buckingham Palace.
- Other Regent’s Park residents past and present include Prince Jefri of Brunei, H G Wells, Wilkie Collins, composer Joseph Haydn and former England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson.
- Primrose Hill rose in prominence in the 1990s with the development of the so-called ‘Primrose Hill set’—a group of youthful celebrities who called the area home: Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Kate Moss, Ewan McGregor, Sienna Miller, Johnny Lee Miller and Rhys Ifans.
- Other famous names to have settled in the area include Labour leader Ed Miliband, philosopher Frederich Engels, poet Sylvia Plath, chef Jamie Oliver and pop star Gwen Stefani.
So what’s the appeal?
- Top of the list for most people who choose to live in this area is its convenience for and proximity to central London. Furthermore, with the Jubilee Line, it’s a direct commute to Canary Wharf.
- For those who can afford it, a house overlooking Regent’s Park is hard to beat!
- For the rest of us, just living close to two such iconic London spaces would be wonderful.
- Despite its central London location, Primrose Hill maintains an intimate village vibe with distinct bohemian leanings.
- Regent’s Park Road is the village high street, with buzzing cafes, independent boutiques and delightful restaurants.
- Cricket fans will enjoy having Lord’s cricket ground on their doorstep.
- Easy transport and road links make this part of London convenient for commuters and travellers alike.
- Regent’s Park is the site of London Central Mosque which has the capacity for more than 5,000 worshippers.
The Best Bits
Undoubtedly the best thing about this particular area is the expanse of open land created by Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and the recreational opportunities afforded by them.
- Regent’s Park is the home of London Zoo, the world’s oldest scientific zoo, and custodian of more than 19,000 living creatures.
- In Queen Mary’s Gardens, within the Inner Circle, there is an Open Air Theatre.
- The large lake has an important waterfowl collection—more than 650 birds nest in the area, and there is a Nature Study Centre. Visitors can also go boating.
- The Regent’s Park Hub is the largest open air sporting facility in London, with a café, changing rooms and football, rugby and lacrosse pitches. There are also netball courts and a tennis centre.
- Primrose Hill is one of six protected London viewpoints.
Bringing the kids
Inner city living and kids don’t necessarily go together. However, with Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill on your doorstep, your children won’t want for fresh air and outdoor activities. Central London has a multitude of both private and state-run schools to choose from, and there are several good selections in the immediate vicinity.
- There are two state primary schools in Primrose Hill, one of which is attached to the Church of England. The other, Primrose Hill School, was judged as ‘outstanding’ by the Government education watchdog.
- The local comprehensive, Haverstock, was attended by the two Miliband brothers.
- There are a number of fee-paying prep schools in the area, including St Christina’s, a private Catholic school.
- Northbridge House is a fee-paying school that spans primary and secondary level.
- The College Francais Bilingue De Londres is also nearby.
Relocating to Regent's Park & Primrose Hill
For expats who want to be near the centre but away from the frenetic noise and bustle of commercial London, the village ambiance of Primrose Hill and open space of Regent’s Park should be just perfect. However, if you don’t know the area, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for a rental property, and a wide variation in the rents being asked. This is when employing the services of a relocation agent can really help.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. Do you have children that need to be enrolled in school? Are the transport links convenient for your needs? Does this location fit with your expectations of London life and is the space configured in a way that suits your requirements? We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – to Hampstead or to other parts of London and the UK. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Average monthly rentals: Regent's Park
Average monthly rentals: Primrose Hill