Here’s something to look forward to!
Spring is finally upon us, which means Londoners will gradually start to prefer spending their lunch breaks in hip outdoor spaces and their weekends absorbing rays of city sunshine. While the bitter cold still lingers, the Boutique London team would like to give you an early bird special and help prepare your to-do lists for the much-anticipated months ahead. This year we are all about Primrose Hill. Why? Because if you’re looking for abundant waterside greenery and village-like pubs and cafes then there’s nowhere quite like the fancy postcodes of North London!
Away from the obvious choices such as Hyde Park and Embankment, this selection is bursting with tranquillity and is better equipped to give you a break from hectic city life.
Strolls for the Sun Worshippers
North Londoners generally enjoy an active lifestyle and who can blame them? You’re sure to hit those daily step count quotas in these beautiful spots (and add an element of zen to your walks too!)
Regents Park is a timeless favourite, filled to the brim with nature. However, many visitors are still unaware of all that it has to offer. Grab your significant other and walk through the serene flowerbeds in the Avenue Gardens or get Instagram ready for the 12,000+ roses in Queen Mary’s Garden. Those of you looking for something a little less ‘Jane Austin’ can join the ducks and hire a rowing boat on the boating lake. Finally, if you happen to have a few culture connoisseurs in your friendship circle, why not plan a visit to the Open-Air Theatre which kicks off in May, and runs all the way to June.
We always save the best for last: the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the city are best witnessed from the pristine lawns of Primrose Hill. Come prepared with your picnic baskets, books or yoga mats.
The Regent’s Canal is THE oasis of serenity, especially for those creative minds with a taste for the quirky. Dating back to 1820, the canal today serves as a quiet escape for walkers, boaters and bikers, and there’s plenty to do and see along the way. Glide across the water and see London from a whole new perspective with a 90-minute Kayak tour, dine at a legendary floating Chinese restaurant, or pick up a book from London’s only floating bookshop.
Shockingly enough, a handful of Londoners still have yet to witness the magic of Hampstead Heath. A park of over 800 acres which is guaranteed to give a welcome sense of privacy. Away from the city’s most polluted districts, this park is hailed for its rich wildlife and extensive sporting opportunities, such as tennis and swimming in the swimming ponds.
An underrated gem of the park is the pergola in all its run-down splendour, it offers lovely views over the Heath and the Hampstead Hill Gardens, making it the go-to option for the daydreamers among us.
The weekend brunch ritual is about to level-up with the warmer weather, the brighter wardrobes and the reinstatement of outdoor dining areas. Many of you may want to consider a booking to accompany your weekend stroll.
Odette’s in the heart of Primrose Hill is recognised as an iconic neighbourhood restaurant, after serving some of London’s A-list for almost 3 decades. Over the warmer spring and summer months, the eatery opens a beautifully decorated outdoor terraced seating area so you can enjoy your meals basking in the sun.
La Collina is a modern Italian restaurant that is a favourite with the residents, serving a mix of traditional and innovative dishes. They boast two alfresco areas, one at the front of the restaurant, perfect for people watching, and one at the rear, and is a lovely spot for amazing food and good wine.
Michael Nadra, an exquisite restaurant close to Regent’s Canal, offering modern European cuisine in stunning surroundings. Or if you fancy just a drink, they have a carefully curated drink menu and a cocktail bar for you to relax in. Their outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink in hand, savouring one of their many seasonal dishes.
Drink in the sun
North London is home to some of the cutest independent pubs in the city, and, come spring and summer, many will open their gardens to the masses. Read on for some of the prettiest beer gardens around!
The Engineer, a favourite among the residents of Primrose Hill, offering crisp beers and fruity cocktails. Bask in whatever sunshine we’re lucky to get in their beer garden, filled with flowers and a wonderful atmosphere. There’s plenty of space, with room for up to 80, so grab your mates and grab a pint!
Situated just a 20-minute tube journey from Primrose Hill is The Alwyne Castle in Islington. With a huge capacity of up to 340 people, their beer garden always boasts a lively and fun atmosphere. Here, there’s ample space for you and all your friends to enjoy a refreshing drink and go alfresco, tucking into their delicious pub grub.
Combining the best in British pub hospitality with an individual and characterful charm, the Edinboro Castle is conveniently nestled between Camden’s markets and Regent’s Park, making their beer garden the perfect spot to relax after a sunny spring day stroll. A heated area is offered here, so you can chill out with mates and a pint from the sunny midday all the way to the chillier spring evenings.
Intern, Boutique London