Sylvia Plath’s homes in London
3 Chalcot Square, London NW1 8YB.
Sylvia and Ted’s home in Primrose Hill was a small, unfurnished flat comprising a bedroom, sitting room, kitchen and bathroom. ‘We are dreaming of a house where I can shout out to
Ted from one end to the other and he won’t be able to hear me,’ she said.
Parliament Hill Fields was written here in February 1961.
In the summer of 1962 the couple moved to Devon where Ted left her for another woman.
23 Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TP.
In November 1962, Sylvia returned to London and, with her two children, rented a maisonette
at 23 Fitzroy Road in a house once inhabited by WB Yeats.
It was in this house that she wrote the Ariel poems that would subsequently make her famous. Although her mother implored her to come back to America, Sylvia maintained that she was exactly where she wanted to be.
London was, she said, ‘the one city in the world I’d like to live in.’
On February 11, 1963, she took her own life..
Poignantly, just a few weeks before, Sylvia, who was only 30, had written: ‘When I came to my beloved Primrose Hill, with the golden leaves, I was full of such joy.’
Nearest tube. Camden Town or Chalk Farm
View of London from Parliament Hill