14 August 2017

Insta walks: Primrose Hill and Regents Park

Sundays are the perfect days for cracking open my a walking book, spending time with my other half learning some London history and getting some quality Instagram material.  The first of these walks we did was in South Kensington, this time we decided to head to North London to explore Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.  I thought I’d take you along with me so you can recreate this walk and grab some insta-snaps of your own, I've included a map at the end of the post so you don't miss the best spots!  
Arrive at Chalk Farm tube station and start to make your way towards Primrose Hill, taking in some of the gorgeous colourful backdrops along the way!  The bridge between Bridge Approach and Regent’s Park Road (two very aptly named streets) is one of the first things you will come across and it makes the perfect backdrop for a quick fashion pic.  There are different designs on each side of the bridge but with it’s colourful, geometric design this one was my favorite.  


Moving towards Primrose Hill you will pass Gloucester Avenue with it’s pretty colourful houses that you will see at the top of this post.  I’m a total sucker for pastel homes. From here head up Regent’s Park Road passing a multitude of independent and quirky insta-worthy shops and cafes along the way.
Reaching Primrose Hill make sure you pick up an ice cream from one of the ice cream vans (I went for a bubblegum ice lolly because I’m a child at heart!) before heading up the hill to enjoy your treat!  Thankfully the hill isn’t too taxing and you will be thanked with one of the best views of London you can find throughout the city.  It’s always busy right at the top of the hill, especially if it’s sunny, but there’s plenty of space for everyone.  You can see such a great panorama of London from here, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for The BT Tower, The Shard, London Zoo, the London Eye and loads more.  There are information boards around the top of the hill if you want to get more information on the history of the area.  This was actually my first visit to Primrose Hill but I’ve actually been back a few times since and it’s a great place to bring visitors.
From here pass over canal to Regents Park, there are some gorgeous canal boats stationed here that are definitely photo worthy and a really interesting looking Chinese Restaurant floating on the water.  
Entering the park you’ll pass the zoo where if you are lucky you might see some of the bigger animals over the foliage, before heading deeper into the park.  The walk from here will take you all through this gorgeous park, where are various statues, monuments and an amazing lake that are well worth checking out and are chock-full of history.  Highlights include the boating lake, gorgeous mansions both inside and around the park and bandstand which has it’s own tragic history, being the site of an IRA bombing in the 80’s.  Regent’s Park is a huge undertaking with tons to see and do so I’ve shown you the route I took in the Google map below but if you want to learn more check out the Regent’s Park website.
Leaving the park and crossing into Chester Place you’ll walk onto the charming and quite stunning entrance to Chester Terrace.  This quiet and beautifully neat road is a private street that is almost breath-taking in it’s simplicity.  It’s not a big street but it is totally quaint and perfectly formed.  Here you’ll see some perfect doors for Instagram, we all know how much Instagram loves doors!  Personally I am obsessed with the sign above the street, just look at that blue!

From here you can end your work by heading towards Regent’s Park station or stopping at one of the many pubs and restaurants nearby for a drink.

I’ve made a map for you if you want to follow this walk and re-create it:

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