The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
Camden Town, often shortened to just Camden, is a vibrant area of inner north London that is best known for its internationally acclaimed markets and colourful nightlife.
It has been a residential area since the 1790s but it only became a popular destination on the London map after the development of the Grand Union Canal and improvements were made to the railway transport making it easier to visit.
Today, locals and visitors come together to explore treasures in the markets, sample a range of multicultural cuisine, listen to quality live music and enjoy the alternative atmosphere this area has to offer.
Famous names, such as Amy Winehouse, Dylan Thomas and Walter Sickert have made Camden their home.
Camden comes alive at night by bringing together an eclectic mix of live music, theatrical performances and top-quality restaurants which make for a perfect evening, especially for anyone that needs to unwind after a hard day’s work.
Known for being the hub of London’s music scene and launching some of the biggest names in the industry, Camden has a range of legendary venues that are worth a visit to catch the latest upcoming bands and artists.
Koko, formerly known as Camden Palace, is a refurbished theatre that hosts live music and club nights and has attracted an abundance of well-known musicians such as Madonna, Prince, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. It has six bars, a stage, a dance floor and a fantastic rooftop bar which is open during the summer. Similar venues include Electric Ballroom and The Underworld which feature an alternative music scene and embrace Camden’s lively atmosphere.
You can also enjoy some top jazz and blue performances at the Jazz Café or at the Blues Kitchen.
For an international programme of events all year round, The Roundhouse can offer locals and visitors a creative environment which embraces theatrical performances, films, art and gigs. You can also catch some popular comedy acts at the Highlight which is a great place to have a drink with friends, meet new people and lift your spirits.
An evening out in Camden wouldn’t be the same without visiting one of the many great pubs and bars this area showcases. BrewDog, Dublin Castle or The World’s End are all great places to mix with the locals and enjoy a drink. Camden even has two breweries, Little Brew and Camden Town, so it is worth looking out for their excellent beers in local pubs.
Best known for its exciting maze of open-air markets and flurry of independent shops, Camden will be able to keep anyone busy at the weekends.
Vintage clothing, handmade jewellery and antiques can all be discovered here and are spread across five main markets, The Lock Market, The Stables Market, Camden Lock Village, Inverness Street Market and The Buck Street Market.
Embracing its multicultural atmosphere, Camden has a wide array of eateries to indulge in allowing there to be something for everyone.
For top-quality ingredients and innovative tastes, Hache burger restaurant offers top quality ingredients and innovative tastes at reasonable prices. Similarly, Gilgamesh is an award-winning pan-Asian restaurant that has an unparalleled dining experience due to its opulent décor and entertainment alongside distinctive flavours and imaginative combinations. If you are on the go, the markets can offer great street food made fresh.
However, if you ever need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Camden, there are several great parks all within walking distance to visit. Leafy Regents Park has one of the largest outdoor sports area and is also home to the ever popular London Zoo. Nearby, Primrose Hill has the best views of London, and Hampstead Heath, which is rich in wildlife, offers a slice of beautiful countryside in the heart of London.
Getting to and from Camden couldn’t be easier with the Northern line connecting you with central London. Camden Town tube station is also directly opposite the markets putting you in the heart of this exciting atmosphere as soon as you step out of the station. Moreover, King’s Cross, St. Pancras International and Euston railway stations all reside in the area which allows fantastic transport links to the rest of London if you wish to travel further afield.