Visit London Blog » primrose hill Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 22 May 2015 17:44:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best Independent Clothes Shops by Twenty Something London Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:00:18 +0000 To celebrate Shop London month, the team at Twenty Something London share their top shopping picks from all corners of the capital.

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Spice: Spice’s two clothes shops (the other one is in Primrose Hill) started life selling plimsolls in Camden Market and now sell beautifully made heels and stylish flats. Famous brands sit alongside their own label, Spice by C.Doux, whose seasonal collections are gorgeous.

Pipa: Bharva, the woman behind Pipa, believes that, while fashion is changeable, style is eternal. Here you’ll find flattering, understated and wearable clothes for around the £100 mark, sales to die for and investment jeans you’ll never want to take off!

East London 

Article: The shop incarnation of fashion website Urban Excess, Article sells a mix of independent and well-known labels. Selling predominantly male apparel, there’s something for every price range and it’s a great place to pick up a quick wardrobe update.

House of Vintage: A jewel in London’s vintage scene crown, House of Vintage was started up in Toronto, Canada and brings top quality items, hand-selected by owner Dennis Adamidis. Rare and unique pieces from the 1930s to 1960s are a speciality.

South London

Bias: This wonderful clothing boutique for both men and women has only been open for a year but already has a bit of a cult following. Every label is ethical and UK based, making the slightly higher prices for the unique pieces owner Sally sells more than worth it.

Tique Booty: Opened early last year by old school friends Dom and Rich, Tique Booty is the place to go to find seriously special vintage pieces. Each hand-written label shows these two guys really know their stuff. Plus, with 20% off for TSL readers, you can’t go wrong.

West London

The Cross: The Cross’ ethos is all about finding incredible designers that have slipped under the radar. Their one-off pieces, accessories and bags may be boutique prices, but the sample sales are different. Held just twice a year, they are an amazing place to get one-of-a-kind items for an absolute steal.

Deuxieme: Deuxieme is an independent women’s boutique with a difference. Collecting pre-loved designer pieces, they sell them on for a fraction of the retail price and hand half of the profits back to the original owner. A paradise for fashionistas, it’s a great place to find a designer bargain.

Central London

Foxhall London: The answer to every 20 something man’s clothing dilemmas, Foxhall offers well-curated, interesting and professional clothes with a sharp, stylish edge. Here you can find all your wardrobe staples with quirky design extras that elevate the ordinary into something special.

For more shopping ideas visit or check out our shopping pages.

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London Video of the Week: A Perfect Winter’s Day in London Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:01:00 +0000

Here’s a lovely video from British Airways, showing two of their cabin crew, Mark and Lucy, enjoying a perfect day in London. 

From London Heathrow Terminal 5, to the Houses of Parliament, Primrose Hill, Camden Passage, The Langham, Hamleys, Fortnum & Mason, Natural History Museum Ice Rink, and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, they certainly enjoy a busy day. (I’m just not sure about that picnic, considering today’s temperatures are hovering around the 3°C mark.)

For more London videos, check out our YouTube channel.

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London Video of the Week: LONDON – By Natural Light by FramE FramFilm Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:45:51 +0000

Each Friday, we like to highlight a particularly great London video we’ve found online.

This week top video is by  on Vimeo, and shows London looking gorgeous in natural light. Look out for some top London attractions including Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, The Shard, Oxford Street, Tower Bridge, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Check out more London videos on our YouTube channel

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London Photo of the Week: Primrose Hill Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:11:37 +0000

cassijones took this verdant photo on Primrose Hill. Is the view from Primrose Hill the best in London? Tell us what you think!

Add your photos to the Visit London Flickr group and we could be featuring your work next week.

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Giant Chalk Badminton Players on Primrose Hill Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:15:29 +0000 Chalk figure Giant shuttlecock Two figures

Two giant chalk badminton players were drawn on Primrose Hill this morning to celebrate the YONEX BWF World Badminton Championships 2011, which comes to London next month.

The 50 ft (15m) figures took four hours to complete and were brought to life by a giant shuttlecock which was manouevred between them.

The shuttlecock, which clocks in at over 10ft (3m) tall and weighs more than 4.7 stone (30kgs), later appeared in other locations including Regent Street and Wembley Arena (where the championships are being held).

The YONEX BWF World Badminton Championships, 8-14 August 2011. Book tickets

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One-to-One Pilates Class at Triyoga Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:33:52 +0000

I’ve been going to Pilates classes at my local gym for ages, but I’m not sure I’ve improved much over the years. So I booked myself in for a one-to-one session at the specialist Triyoga centre in Primrose Hill.

This is where London celebrities come for their yoga and Pilates fix. On arrival, everyone is asked to remove their shoes, before walking into the incense-scented reception area, where clients relax around a big wooden table.

Like many Pilates teachers, my instructor, Yalckun Abdurehim, trained as a dancer, and his posture and flexibility are definitely something to aspire to.

Instead of launching into exercises, Yalckun asked me to walk up and down the corridor, catwalk-style, while he observed my posture. Apparently my feet aren’t flexible enough and this is affecting the whole of my body. Despite going to the gym regularly, I’ve never thought much about foot flexibility before.

The rest of the hour-long session was devoted to retraining my muscles through exercises on various scary looking machines. I was also given a routine to practise at home, which involved lying on the floor and walking my toes up and down the wall, a movement known as the caterpillar.

The one-to-one session gave me a new perspective on the way I move my body. Who knew that feet were so important? If you’re new to Pilates, feel stuck in a rut with your current workout, or want to improve your posture, a one-to-one class at Triyoga could be the way to go.

Triyoga has centres in Primrose Hill, Soho and Covent Garden, offering one-to-one and group classes in yoga and Pilates

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Sri Lanka in London: Ceylon Tea at Lanka Cake Shop in Primrose Hill Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:30:18 +0000

When we started looking to Sri Lanka for our World in London series, we came across Lanka Cake Shop and Tea Salon. This popular café and shop keeps the thirsty residents of Primrose Hill happy with a range of teas from Sri Lanka.

Lanka is partnered with the Euphorium Tea Salon in Colombo, Sri Lanka and serves up specialty infusions that can’t be found anywhere else in the UK.

These pure Ceylon teas are characterised by their delicate colour and rich flavour and are served at selected tea salons and shops in Sri Lanka. You can enjoy a pot of tea in the Lanka café or pick up loose leaf or silken tea bag varieties to try at home.

You can even sample the teas in cake form such as the shop’s Earl Grey tea flavoured crème brulee.

Let us know where else you can find a Sri Lankan experience in London.

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Italy in London: Tried and Tested Top Local Italian Restaurants Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:00:44 +0000

We’ve currently got more than 800 Italian restaurants listed on Visit London: there are probably more. London has long been enamoured with the delicious cuisine that comes from Italy: according to the History of Italian Restaurants in Britain, the first Italian Eating House appeared just off Leicester Square in 1803.

We’ve ventured a little further from Central London to gather a set of recommendations for local Italian restaurants in London. Here are our suggestions; we’d love you to add yours to the comments below.

Laura Haggett, Camberwell
Caravaggio in Camberwell Church Street is a real find. The waiters are welcoming and always happy to recommend the specials of the day. The plates of pasta on offer are for those with hearty appetites and there is always a good range of quality meat and fish options. They don’t do pizza, but you won’t miss it. Most dinners are under a tenner, with pasta around the £5 mark, so you’re still smiling when you pay the bill and leave, even if your stomach is so full that they have to roll you out the door!

Foamy, Dartmouth Park
Nuraghe in Dartmouth Park serves up genuine (I think!) Sardininan dishes with a smile. Try the venison tortellini – amazing.

Chris Wareham, Hampstead
My favourite Italian restaurant is L’Artista in Golders Green. The portions are enormous, the prices very reasonable and the food genuinely Italian, including thin-based pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven. The staff are friendly, boisterous and loud, so it may not suit those looking for a quiet, romantic meal, but for a less intimate evening of Italian food, it’s unbeatable.

Lisa Williams, Fulham
For someone with an allergy to wheat, mention of Italian usually fills me with dread as pizza and pasta are massive no goes. However my local Italian, Pappa & Ciccia in Munster Road always puts a massive smile on my face as they serve the most amazing wheat-free pasta dishes.  I always know I can head in there with my wheat-eating friends, and not feel left out and have the most amazing food.

Charlotte Thomas, Brixton
J’s in Primrose Hill is a perennial favourite with my work colleagues and me. Cheap and cheerful and great for lunch after a big night the evening before!

John Craig, Peckham Rye
I’ve been enjoying the wood-fired pizzas and lovingly made pasta at San Marco Pizzeria on Clapham High Street with my girlfriend for years. The staff are always so friendly. When our favourite waitress told us she was moving back to Italy we were gutted. But she gave us her address and phone number, and told us to visit her anytime. We haven’t yet, but that’s probably because we can get a proper, authentic taste of Italy with a short trip to Clapham!

Jose Adams, Mortlake
Il Portico on Kensington High Street.  Family run (in fact London’s oldest family run restaurant), terrific service, very friendly, delicious food, perfect for special occasions.  Reassuringly traditional menu (like escalopes of veal layered with Parma ham and sage with a white wine sauce) and very comfortable seating – so my boyfriend is happy. I’m a veggie and they will always do something delicious for me. 

Abby Penlington, Tulse Hill
Il Porcini, West Dulwich is a great little place has an inventive menu with a great black squid ink spaghetti, prawn and chilli pasta.

Coralie Grassin, Farnborough
My favourite haunt would be Ecco. This pizza place does not look like much from the outside but wow! Those are gorgeous – very fresh ingredients, as if the tomatoes and basil have just been picked from the plant. The staff are always doing that little bit extra too and cheer me up on bad days. From £3.50 for pizza, this is the best deal in town!

Kat O’Donnel, Seven Sisters
Il Bacio in Stoke Newington has quickly become a regular haunt. Traditional Italian with changing specials as well as all the usual favourites – pizza, pasta, carne, pesce. Plus tasty Italian wines and very genuine staff. And it’s on the Taste Card, bonus!

Peter Spring, Morden
Al Forno in Wimbledon is superb. The portions are huge and the food is excellent but it’s the staff that make this cosy, wood-paneled restaurant special. For a friend’s surprise birthday bash the staff dished out free shots of Italian liqueur and shoveled spoonfuls of cake into the guy’s mouth! Al Forno’s staff always seem to be in a good mood and they are expert at ensuring this vibe permeates to each and every guest. My top tip (and theirs!) is to order a small pizza because the medium is massive.

Please add your favourite local Italian restaurants to the comments below

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triyoga: From Beginner to Yoga Bunny Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:00:48 +0000 London life can be hectic at the best of times but taking a class at triyoga can slow the pace and relax even the most stressed person.

Having never done a yoga class before, I have just completed an eight week beginners yoga course at the gorgeous triyoga centre in Soho and have been left truly inspired. I couldn’t wait for the class each week and my fellow yogis must have agreed as it was always full of familiar faces ready to learn.

Over the course I have learnt many core yoga poses from tadasana to shoulder stands and my personal favourite, the sun salutation. These were easy to practise at home and have prepared me for a drop-in yoga class in future. In addition, the relaxation techniques and breathing exercises will become a key part of my daily routine.

Our teacher Leela reminds us that “the purpose of yoga is to reach contentment” and I certainly discovered this throughout the triyoga beginners course and highly recommend it for its numerous physical and mental benefits.

triyoga also has centres in Primrose Hill and Covent Garden.

triyoga are offering two fantastic offers exclusively with Visit London, 20% off beginners courses when you book with a friend  and £15 for 3 classes.

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Museum of Everything: A Treasure Trove in Primrose Hill Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:34:56 +0000 Nek Chand, Cloth Figures, c. 1980

Celebrity-filled Primrose Hill will soon have a new attraction: the quirky Museum of Everything.

Located down a side street in a former dairy and recording studio, the Museum of Everything is well worth seeking out.

Set up by collector James Brett, the museum is a showcase for art created outside the mainstream.

There are works by disabled artists, eccentrics, and people who feel the need to create things for their own reasons.

There is a celebrity connection too: much of the work is endorsed by celebs ranging from Jarvis Cocker and Nick Cave to Grayson Perry and Peter Blake.

You enter through what looks like the door of a tower block, to find yourself in a cosy cafe, where you can buy tea served in mis-matched cups and saucers.

There’s also a shop, in the style of the big museum shops, selling Museum of Everything merchandise.

The gallery spaces range from a cavernous warehouse to a small, dark room styled to look like a chapel.

Highlights include colourful figures by Indian roadworker Nek Chand, disturbing fairytale illustrations by American recluse Henry Darger (David Byrne is a fan), and weird pre-teen mannequins by amateur sculptor Morton Bartlett (selected by Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry).

There’s also a series of talks and events featuring art world luminaries like Jarvis Cocker and Serpentine Gallery director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

The museum falls into the “pop-up” category. When I visited the organisers weren’t sure exactly how long it would be open for, but hoped it would be there until Christmas.

Make sure you check it out while you can!

The Museum of Everything opens on 14 October. Entrance is free.

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