The History of Primrose Hill’s shops, pubs and restaurants

Welcome to this website chronicling the history of the shops and other public businesses in this area of London, from when the very first ones opened in 1855 to the present day.

This project springs from the research done for the 2006 book ‘Windows On The Past’ – for more details, follow the link – and gives  a directory of the previous uses of each shop and the story of the pubs, taverns and eating places of Primrose Hill.

Find a shop or an address using the search tools on the right. Click on images to see them in detail. 

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Use the links at the top to find maps and pictures or browse the day’s new entries to find a particular premises.

We welcome comments though we’ve had to close the registration process  because of bots and spam, so it’s best to email me directly at wwain [at symbol] yahoo [dot] com

Thanks for visiting!





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