Greater London’s Somers Town, Primrose Hill And Cricklewood

Greater London's Somers Town

Greater London comprises of 33 local government districts including 32 London boroughs and its authority is based in Southwark consisting of Mayor of London and London Assembly. Here we will discuss just three county places where tourists would love to visit – Somers Town, Primrose Hill and Cricklewood.

Somers Town

Named after first Baron Somers, Charles Cocks, the Somers Town is a neighboring district to Camden Town, Kings Cross, Euston, Bloomsbury and St Pancras. The area of Somers Town means rough rectangle part bounded by Euston Road, Pancras Road, Crowndale Road and Eversholt Street.

Culture of Somers Town

Every Friday the Chalton Street of Somers Town attracts visitors with flourishing street market. On second Saturday of every July the Somers Town Art Festival of Cultures are held, known as START in short, attracting about 10,000 people. Eurostar released a film named Somers Town, directed by Shane Meadows, in 2008.

Somers Town,

Transport System in Somers Town

The traffic is usually light in the town. The nearest underground stations are Euston, King’s Cross and Mornington Crescent. National Rail services are availed from St. Pancras and King’s Cross.

Education in Somers Town

Founded in 1890s, Sir William Collins School is the main secondary school in Somers Town. The new name of the school is South Camden Community School. A part of the playground of the school houses Somers Town Community Sports Centre. The school building is managed by University College London Union and the school, and it is leased to charitable trust.

Somers Town also has three primary schools – St. Aloysius, Eith Neville and St Mary and St Pancras.

Notable residents of Somers Town

Actress and singer Nell Campbell
England footballer Joe Cole
Writer Charles Dickens
Cricketer Fred Titmus
Writer and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft

Primrose Hill

Located towards the north of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is a 256 feet high hill. It is London’s most expensive and exclusive residential areas. Similar to Regent’s Park, the area was earlier a part of great chase. It became a Crown property in 1841 and Act of Parliament in 1842, and was secured as open space for general public.

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill has been always known as the fashionable districts lying near to the core of London. It is a prosperous district and expensive too. Due to its location and development in the socio-historical sector, the hill is an archetypal example of successful urban village in London.

Primrose Hill’s Nearest Places

Regent’s Park
Belsize Park
Chalk Farm
Hampstead
Camden Town
St John’s Wood
Swiss Cottage

Primrose Hill’s nearest Tube Stations

Camden Town
Chalk Farm
Swiss Cottage
Regent’s Park
St John’s Wood

Primrose Hill’s Notable Residents

Actor, singer and songwriter Adam Ant
Supermodel Agyness Deyn
Author Alan Bennett
Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband
Labour Party’s president leader and former Energy Secretary Ed Miliband
Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias
Actress Eva Green
Singer and songwriter Finley Quaye
Irish actress Fiona Shaw
Fashion model Kate Moss
News boradcaster Jon Snow
Actor Jonny Lee Miller
Presenter Jeremy Clarkson
Actress Rachel Weisz
Broadcaster Richard Bacon
Director Sophie Muller

Cricklewood

Cricklewood is North London’s district which started as a small settlement in 1294 at the junction of Edgware Road and Cricklewood Lane. It was known by the name Cricklewood by year 1321, and by 1880s a Cricklewood House and few cottages were built, giving it the name of “pleasure gardens”. By 1860s several villas were seen along Edgware Road.

Cricklewood

Brief History of Cricklewood

Cricklewood became suburban and industrial district in 1930s. In 1881 the locomotive works of Midland Railway moved from Kentish Town to “Brent Sidings”. Later workers’ accommodation was build in Cricklewood. In 1880 roads were built and in 1884 the station was considered as the terminus for Midland Railway’s suburban services. With increased population in census 1881 new church was built.

Transport System in Cricklewood

The closest main-line station is the Cricklewood railway station. It also houses rail sidings and railway complex. West Hampstead, Willesden Green and Kiburn are the nearest underground stations. The main roadway is the A5 Cricklewood Broadway, originally being Roman Road named Watling Street.

Films in Cricklewood

A film Huntingtower was made at the Cricklewood Film Studios. It was released in 1927 and George Pearson directed it.

Cricklewood Notable Residents

Television actress Elizabeth Adare
Television actor Tim Brooke Taylor
Actor Jamie Cho
TV chef Ching He Huang
Actress Tamsin Greig
London’s former Mayor Ken Livingstone
Musician Roisin Murphy
Television actor Jimmy Nail
Actor Peter O’Toole
Author Zadie Smith

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