This time we start and end the walk at Chalk Farm Underground station. A strange name, believed to be a corruption of the former place name Chalcot Farm. But first, let's take a closer look at the station building. It is located at an acute angle between two roads and has the longest frontage of any London Underground station. It was designed by Leslie Green. That man, who died of tuberculosis at a young age, managed to design 44 Underground stations! Half of these with the same dark red easily recognizable facade. People say: If it is red, it's Green. :-) We move along Chalk Farm Road in a roughly Southeast direction. The first object is the legendary Round House concert hall, which we definitely recognize because it is cylindrical, as its name suggests. Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin are performed here. In 1966, Pink Floyd gave one of their first important concerts here (together with the band Soft Machine, perhaps not so well known to music lovers, but still active today). Originally it was actually a train depot, but it was converted into a concert hall.
Let's move on to the Horse Stables Market. It is separated from the road by a wall. You can also enter from the Morrisons petrol station, but we go ahead and enter from the next gate a few streets ahead. Rounding to the right of the entrance, we see a very peculiar figure of Amy Winehouse. Quite near where we entered is a store of "party animals" in the basement, mostly anything that glows and flashes. It's worth stopping by if you don't plan to buy anything. You can find many more interesting things on the market, but you should discover it yourself.
Next we move to Camden High Street. Various musicians can often be heard there. The next thematic stop could be, for example, the Jazz Cafe, what you can hear there, you can guess for yourself. On the way, we also pass the Jewish Museum of London. Let's make one arc-shaped cross into a very beautiful street. Straight ahead is Gilbey's Yard, a street with very nicely restored canal side buildings. Just before crossing the canal, there is the Pirate Castle, a very old-fashioned romantic building, which was actually built in 1977.
On the way to St Mark's Church, we make a small detour to admire the Chinese restaurant Feng Shang Princess, which is located on a boat floating in the canal and looks more like a pagoda. Now you have to push a little uphill. But it's worth the effort, because Primrose Hill viewing platform offers a truly wonderful view of the city.
If you are peckish, either The Queens bar or a restaurant called Lemonia would be suitable for dining. If you are peckish by the spirit, there is a good book store between the two, Primrose Hill Books. Friedrich Engels also lived at 122 Regent Park's Road!
Further we move through places where many "bold and beautiful" live. It is home to many successful musicians, models and film actors. So don't be surprised if, for example, Kate Moss, Sadie Frost or Jude Law show up. :-) Primrose Hill is also where the battles with the aliens took place in Herbert Wells' famous book The War of The Worlds. Part of the filming of the film 101 Dalmatians was also done here. This is also the hill referred to in the well-known song Fool on the Hill.
When you look at the map, pay attention to the car park at the bottom, which is marked with a blue P. The Regent Canal was once longer at this location, as can be guessed from the map image. This place is filled with the rubble of houses destroyed in the WWII air raid.