When it comes to London’s green spaces, Hyde Park and St James’s Park get much of the fanfare (and tourist footfall), simply because of their proximity to the big-hit sightseeing attractions. But for one of the most outstanding sights in the city, you need to head to Primrose Hill. Just north of the main area of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill offers a panoramic view of almost all of central London. The unique, and often overlooked, perspective of the city isn’t lost on the locals; Londoners of all kinds head here on weekends – active families, couples whiling away the afternoon, friends keen to throw a ball around in the sunshine. Culture buffs will love that there’s a tree planted in Shakespeare’s honour at the top of the hill. Once you’ve absorbed the view, be sure to inspect the rest of Regent’s Park’s offerings: there’s the ZSL London Zoo, the Hub sports facility and Queen Mary’s Garden, home to around 12,000 roses. If you’re in need of sustenance, the Espresso Bar on the Broadwalk at Chester Road does a good selection of wraps, coffee and cakes. The park opens at 5am; closing times vary depending on the season.
The park is well serviced by several tube stops and lines: Regent's Park (Bakerloo line), Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle & Metropolitan lines), Baker Street (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Jubilee, Metropolitan & Bakerloo lines), St John's Wood (Jubilee line) and Camden Town (Northern line).
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