This grand Victorian house, Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage, was built in the 1880s for Samuel Palmer of the famous biscuit empire. The building is now utilised as budget accommodation suiting the needs of backpackers and young travellers but to a high standard. In fact it has received many awards including London’s Best Hostel.
Nearby shopping is excellent – Swiss Cottage Tube Station is only a minute or so walk away and right next to the Station there is a collection of interesting market stalls selling lovely cakes and cheese. Another selling high-fashion at low prices.
Flowers and small plants can be purchased as presents for friends and relations immediately outside Palmers Lodge – this is a unique stall with lots of choice.
Swiss Cottage is an area forming part of the ancient parish of Hampstead. Finchley Road is a minute or so in the other direction from Swiss Cottage Tube Station and this area was redeveloped in the 1930s. As you walk along the Finchley Road towards Finchley Road Tube there are a collection of independent restaurants, pubs and shops large and small (including all the usual suspects).
A nearby pub the North Star (see main image) looked newly decorated and was lively although it is for over 21s only.
For indoor shopping the 02 Centre – a 9000 sqm shopping, eating and cinema complex, is about 10-15 minutes walk away from Palmers Lodge (near to Finchley Road Tube Station) – the centre opened in 1998 – the original budget of 15m was exceeded in 1997 which caused delays until additional investors could be found.
There is something to suit everyone’s needs within the immediate vicinity of Palmers Lodge and of course Central London is only a few tube stops away.