Motherhoods: Primrose Hill

Join the Primrose Hill set in this fashionable but family-friendly idyllic London neighbourhood.

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Charlie Brear, 43, is Founder of bridal brand Charlie Brear (charliebrear.com) and mum to Mabel, seven, and twins Angus and Joan, two.

CHARLIE LOVES

Sunny Days vs. Rainy Days
Climb to the top of Parliament Hill for the most incredible views of London’s skyline. We love Primrose Hill Books for a rainy day – it stocks rare, second-hand and hard-to-find children’s books.

Eating
Try La Petite Poissonnerie, a French and Japanese fusion fishmonger serving amazing fish specialities. When I’m with the kids, Primrose Bakery is always a hit – they have the best cupcakes.

Shopping
Graham & Green is great for homeware and special gifts. Elias & Grace is my go-to children’s boutique.

visit

ZSL
For animal lovers, there’s no place better than ZSL London Zoo. This month, kids aged 8–10 can join the Junior Zoo Academy including games and zookeeper activities. 12–13 February. zsl.org

shop

WILD & GORGEOUS
Pop into this stunning shop and browse design-led clothes for gorgeous girls and wild boys. You’ll find magical displays, inspiring interiors and friendly staff. wildandgorgeous.co.uk

relax

COWSHED
Step into the inviting haven of Cowshed Spa in the heart of Primrose Hill. Spoil yourself with a cake and a glass of fizz in the farmhouse kitchen before enjoying a relaxing treatment. cowshedonline.com

eat

PRIMROSE BAKERY CAFE
You can’t come to Primrose Hill and not visit this beautiful cafe. Pop in for a breakfast croissant and the best handmade cupcakes. Try the cookie dough or apple crumble ones – delicious! primrose-bakery.co.uk

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ROYAL PARKS
Blow away the cobwebs with a walk to the summit of Primrose Hill and take in the views over London – you can join in with Pilates in the Park, follow the Hill Trim Trail or have fun at the children’s playground. royalparks.org.uk

on the move

BUY: Prices start at £1,599k for a three-bed house, or head down the road to nearby West Hampstead, and get a three-bed for £650k.
SCHOOLS: North Bridge House Prep School (seven to 13, co-ed) has outstanding 11+ and 13+ results. The Cavendish School (for girls aged two to 11) also has a good reputation.

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