Primrose Hill is a prime location to watch the London city skyline. We decided to make the most of the day light saving this weekend when the clocks were forwarded by an hour to allow for some more sunshine, atleast according to our clocks. So we thought to discover the primary elements of nature in London by exploring this famous and popular North London neighbourhood.
A small walk out of Chalk Hill station and we found the iron bridge at the aptly named Bridge Approach. The colourful grafittis on the bridge itself indicated as if we were being bridged over to a new colourful fantasy hill on the other side to look down below the fairy tale land called London.
Our first point of exploration was the picturesque Chalcot Square. A closely knit block of houses surrounding this square tucked away from the hustles and bustles of the high street. The shades on the houses appeared as if a painter’s toolset – pink, yellow, blue, green, white, purple – full time display of rainbows with or without rain it seemed. Colourful doors also added to the vibrant invitation at the entrance.
After being pleasantly smitten by Chalcot Square, we rounded up at the high street to soak the vibe. Up-class boutique shops, antique showrooms and restaurants – the high street had a signature of its own. We settled down for lunch at Pesantissimo Restaurant before our intended walk on the actual hill at Primrose Hill.
Surprisingly the ascent turned out to be much less demanding than subconsciously anticipated. A gentle five minute walk and we were at the highest point where onlookers were gathering and looking at something with awe. When we reached the top and turned back we knew ourselves that there were reasons to be awestruck because nowhere had we seen before the entire London skyline in one horizon from left to right.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit far away in East London near the Olympic Park, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf, St, Paul and the City including the Gherkin, the Walkie-Talkie building, the tallest Shard, the London Eye and even the Westminster Parliament House – all were in show in their full might and glory much to the bemusement of the locals and tourists alike.
The benches offered the perfect occasion to pause for a while to ponder at the wonders of this magnificent city while the sun at the back kept things warm against the increasingly chilly evening wind. The twilight came with its own turn of events when it was time to turn the gaze away from the city which started to glow under the golden hours of the setting sun. So we looked back and found out that the sun was preparing to unleash its own fifty shades. Belittling the barriers of daily banalities and hurdles, we expressed our love and gratitude towards this glowing show of nature in our beloved city.
The purple shades above kept negotiating with a blue sky and a looming darkness while we started to walk back. The primary elements experienced at Primrose Hill not only thrilled us but put things in perspective of living in this wonderful capital of the world.
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