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A Short Guide to Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill is a hill of 213 feet (65 m) which is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is also the surrounding neighbourhood. The top of the hill is one of the most popular vantage points in London giving clear views of central London.

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This part of London was part of a large forest and there is evidence that trees populated the hill’s slopes until the fourteenth century. The summit had been cleared long before that and there are suggestions part of the hill was used as a burial mound, this part of Primrose Hill became known as ‘Barrow Hill’ which survived until the 19th century when it was levelled to accommodate a large water reservoir.

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Like many London parks, Primrose Hill was once part of a great chase which was appropriated by Henry VIII and was then owned by Eton College until 1841 when it became Crown property and secured as a public open space. Primrose Hill with its proximity to central London has been a popular landmark for centuries attracting a large number of writers, poets and artists.

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On the summit is a stone with a William Blake inscription, which reads: I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill. Watching the sunrise or the sunset from the top of the hill is a popular attraction for a large number of people. The hill has been popular for less savoury pastimes, Duels and prize-fights have taken place and in the 17th century, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey was found mysteriously murdered on the hill.

From the 19th century, residential development around Primrose Hill has created one of the more fashionable districts in London between the centre and the suburbs. Fortunately this development all around the hill did not to fulfilment of the prophecy of Mother Shipton, England’s most famous prophetess of the 16th century who said that when London shall surround Primrose Hill the streets of the metropolis will run with blood.

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The hill and the area has been a popular place to live for a large number of writers and have featured in a large number of books. It has also been popular with musicians, the Beatles, Madness and Loudon Wainwright III are just a few to be inspired.

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The Primrose Hill district is surrounded by St Johns Wood, Swiss Cottage, Belsize park, Chalk Farm, Camden and Regent’s Park is south of the hill. The nearest underground stations to Primrose Hill are Chalk Farm and Swiss Cottage.

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The Camden Crawl – June 21st and 22nd 2014

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The Camden Crawl returns with a fresh look, new dates and new acts for the 2014 edition of the renowned event set to take place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June throughout London’s NW1 & NW5 postcodes.

More than 25 venues spanning the two mile stretch of NW1 will play host to over 250 live artists, DJs and specialist fringe events throughout the festival. Each evening’s schedule will consist of a varied mix of the best emerging live music talent programmed by the UK’s most prolific independent live music promoters .

The programme of events will commence early evening and run well into the wee hours with DJ and Club events spattered across the festival’s venues both dates. Tickets are to be exchanged for wristbands which allow unlimited entry to each of the participating venues and events as individual capacities permit. Ticket price also includes lanyard programme guide and 2014 compilation album.

The Camden Crawl event has traditionally been seen as one of the opening parties of the summer festival scene, with origins that can be traced back to the first Crawl back in 1995.

The urban location of this event is great for those who love festivals without the mud, Pubs, food-stalls and shops provide the essentials.

Some of Camden’s iconic venues provide the backdrop including ELECTRIC BALLROOM ,THE GRAFTON ,JAZZ CAFÉ, KOKO and the ROUNDHOUSE .

For more information  about the event , visit the Camden Crawl website here

London Clubs – KOKO

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1A Camden High Street, Camden,  NW1 7JE

Situated in a building that in its time been a music hall, cinema and BBC theatre, it was not until the 1970s that it became known as a live music venue.
Known for rock music in the 70s, new Romantics in the early 80s it subsequently became an indie club.
Refurbished in 2004 it still attracts an indie and alternative pop crowd in one of the London’s most interesting venues.

For more information , visit the KOKO website here