It’s still hot in London, but slightly more bearable than yesterday, so today I’m doing a relatively long walk around Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park, for which I take the tube to Chalk Farm station and walk along Adelaide Road.
This little side road is called Bridge Approach, and since the bridge looks interesting, I go there to explore a bit, but it turns out to be an ordinary overline bridge, nothing exciting.
I mentioned already that hilly roads and streets looked way more picturesque than flat ones – so, ditto.
And the flowers I’ve mentioned already as well – maybe not even once. Seriously, if it weren’t for the flowers, there wouldn’t be anything interesting to take pictures of on most streets.
I was very close to declaring this one the balcony of my dreams, but at a second glance I realise that it isn’t: it’s fabulously decorated of course, but it’s so tiny that it almost looks completely useless! The balcony of my dreams should at least have room for a table and a few chairs.
Now I’m at the park area around Primrose Hill.
And there is the hill itself, with a viewing deck, which pretty much brings the whole London at your fingertips!
The best place to chill, obviously, is the hillside, overlooking the city.
Can you spot the Shard? I didn’t even realise that Primrose Hill was so far away, but apparently it is.
This is how the viewing deck looks like – it’s basically a circle.
Interestingly, the hill doesn’t seem that high, but I guess the whole area is kind of elevated compared to the rest of London.
Otherwise, it’s just a normal park, adjacent to Regent’s park, which makes me wonder if it’s actually part of it or not.
This is the view over Primrose Hill from afar.
Whether Primrose Hill is part of Regent’s park or not, there is a car road separating them, which I need to cross. And after crossing I notice these nicely coloured houses that look like dollhouses, especially the pink one and the blue one.
Another obstacle separating me from Regent’s Park is the Regent’s Canal. While walking across the bridge I realise that the last time I was here I had a better view over the canal, which means that most probably I crossed in a different place. So I decide to find other bridges.
However, that’s easier said than done. The thing is that the London Zoo is located at Regent’s Park, specifically in this part of it. This means that most of the area is fenced and I have to figure out how to get around it. As a bonus, though, I get to see a giraffe through the fence!
Finally, I seem to have found the path which will take me to another bridge over the Regent’s Canal.
And here I am standing on this bridge and looking over the dead end part of the canal and something Chinese, most probably a restaurant.
The bridge has stairs down to the Regent’s Canal towpath and I decide to walk along the canal a bit, towards Camden Lock, but not as far as it. That is St Mark’s Church in the picture, by the way.
When I was in Camden Town a few days ago, I already pointed out that the Regent’s Canal was completely covered with algae. It certainly looks very weird like that.
I’m really enjoying the walk though. There are houses, and boats, and boathouses. This place is actually the Camden Visitor moorings.
I don’t know whether living by a canal is a very good idea in sanitary terms, but it must definitely be very pleasant to be able to sit at that table and enjoy the lovely view around you.
So I’m not fully decided whether I consider the inhabitants of these houses very lucky or the other way round.
I find another bridge and take a picture of the canal from it – now that’s a much better view than the one I got in the very beginning!
And then I go back to Regent’s Park. There’s nothing really to photograph, until I reach the Inner Circle and Queen Mary’s Gardens.
Now this part of the park makes me feel really strange. Objectively speaking, I know it is very beautiful and very well taken care of. However, it just seems too much to me: too symmetric, too orderly, too pompous.
So it may sound surprising, but I definitely prefer views like this in a park.
This is the Boating Lake, which is actually really big, but today I only got to see this part of it. It has paddle boats just like in Hyde Park.
And finally, just before leaving the park and heading to the Baker Street station, I’m really lucky to capture this heron before it flies off.