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Camden London guide

Camden London, located between the bustle of Central London and the leafy calm of North West London, Camden Town has always existed as an interesting hybrid area. As well as having ...

Camden London, located between the bustle of Central London and the leafy calm of North West London, Camden Town has always existed as an interesting hybrid area. As well as having one of the best markets in Londom -which we’ll get to in a second…it’s one of London’s best places to live!While it boasts a rich literary history (Charles Dickens lived here, as did his ‘A Christmas Carol’ character Bob Cratchit) and plenty of affluent professionals, it’s also home to punks, protesters, art students, and all sorts of alternative types. Camden London is such an interesting place – it’s impossible to pigeonhole, and is as well known for the loud and proud gay scene as it is for celebrity residents who include Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.As well as the brilliant restaurants included in this post, be sure to check out 15 of the best places to eat in Camden! Where we put all the places we couldn’t fit in here!

History of Camden Town

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 Originally part of the manor of Kentish Town and named after Charles Pratt, the Earl of Camden, the borough has actually only existed in its current state since 1965. When Regent’s Canal was built through the area in 1816, it began to grow around the transport hub as workers migrated to Camden. The famous markets began in 1973, and before long Camden Town became a byword for good nightlife and an alternative, arty scene. This reputation remains today, particularly as some of London’s best clubs such as Koko and Electric Ballroom are located here.

Cost of Camden

Camden Town

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Despite the fantastic location (being NW1, after all!), it’s still possible to find a bargain property in Camden Town. The varied mix of options, from expensive townhouses to ex-social housing means that Camden Town offers much more space for your money than neighbouring areas like Primrose Hill and Hampstead.Cheapest rent for a two-bed flat: £1365 pcmMost expensive rent for a two-bed flat: £3500 pcm  

Transport in Camden

Transport and tube in Camden London

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You’ll struggle to find an area in London with better transport links than Camden Town. Not only is it served by two branches of the Northern Line at Camden Town station, the Overground at Camden Road and plenty of buses, it’s a mere 20 minute walk to Kings Cross St Pancras. From here, you can get all over Britain, and even to France and Belgium!Boats in Camden lock

Eat Camden

We’ve just released 15 of the best places to eat in Camden where we squeezed all the brilliant places we couldn’t fit in this post!

Q Grill

Q Grill Camden

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Recently recommended by Evening Standard food critic Grace Dent, Q Grill is a great new addition to the Camden Town restaurant scene. As the name suggests, grilled food is on the menu, cooked in a charcoal pit grill and served with lovely seasonal salads.Address: 29 – 33 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AJPhone: 020 7267 2678

Poppies

The second outpost of this hugely popular retro chippie, Poppies serves delicious fresh fish and chips in a 1940s setting, complete with jukebox and reclaimed cinema seating. Come on a Friday or Saturday evening to enjoy free live music too.Address: 30 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NPPhone: 020 7267 0440

Arancini Factory

arancini restaurant in Camden London

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A short walk up the road towards Kentish Town will get you to Arancini Factory, a charming cafe owned by market favourites ‘The Arancini Brothers’. The deep-friend risotto balls are the best you’ll find outside of Sicily, and the homemade desserts are not to be missed.Address: 115A Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8PBPhone: 020 3583 2242

Edinboro Castle

With a cosy interior and a huge beer garden, this great gastropub is a top choice in any weather. Serving top quality British grub and a selection of craft beers from around the world, it’s not hard to understand why the locals love it.Address: 57 Mornington Terrace, London NW1 7RUPhone: 020 7255 9651

Hache

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Despite the strong presence of burgers on the menu, Hache feels a lot more upmarket than your traditional burger joint, with dark wood furniture and a candelabra hanging from the ceiling. The burgers themselves are luxurious, with innovative flavour combinations and lovely floury buns.Address: 24 Inverness Street, Camden Town, Greater London NW1 7HJPhone: 020 7485 9100 

Shop Camden

Camden shop fronts

Some of Camden’s distinctive alternative shops

 

Camden Lock Market

The original arts and crafts market in Camden, Camden Lock Market showcases some of the finest artists and designers in London. With more than 150,000 visitors a week, it has also become one of London’s more unusual tourist attractions.

Rokit

Another branch of the popular vintage chain, Rokit is filled to the brim with old classics, and the occasional odd piece that should have been left in the 70s. The range of bags and denim shorts is particularly good.Address: 225 High Street, London, NW1 7BUPhone: 0207 2673046

Camden Stables Market

Camden Stables Market

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Once a hospital for injured horses during the Victorian period, the Stables Market is now a shopping paradise full of antiques and unique items, from clothes to art and everything in-between. When you tire of shopping, head to At Proud bar to enjoy the sun on the terrace.

Ferreria Deli

This tiny Portuguese corner shop may not look like much, but don’t let the exterior deceive you – despite the small premises this is one of the best delis in London,  a proper local institution selling freshly baked bread, Portuguese delicacies, wonderful sandwiches and a whole host of other items. We recommend the crabs legs!

Address: 40 Delancey St, London NW1 7RY

Phone: 020 7485 2351

Sainsbury’s

What’s so special about a Sainsbury’s, you say? Well, they’re not normally a beacon of polished metal and modernist architecture. Originally the ABC building, this enormous supermarket is a gem if you’re keen on contrasting architectural styles. It also has a huge selection of food, as you would expect.

Attractions

Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum in CamdenWith a fascinating collection documenting the Jewish community in Britain, the Holocaust, and Jewish ceremonial art, this museum is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in history or Jewish life. They also hold many temporary exhibitions on a diverse range of subjects – recent subjects have included the art of the First World War, and Amy Winehouse.Address: Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, London NW1 7NBPhone: 020 7284 7384

London Zoo

Located in nearby Regent’s Park, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, and holds nearly 17,000 animals.  During the summer months, bag a ticket for ‘Zoo Lates’ on a Friday evening, and you can visit the animals while enjoying a drink and some fantastic street food.Address: Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RYPhone: 020 7449 6200

Regent’s Canal Boat Trips

canal boat in Camden London

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 Starting in Little Venice and ending at Camden Lock (or vice versa), boat trips along Regent’s Canal are a brilliant way to see another side of London. Plenty of different companies offer this service depending on what you enjoy, whether that’s a historical tour or a laid-back booze cruise! Check the London Waterbus Company, the Canal Museum and London Canal Boat Cruises for a start.

Camden Market!

One of the best markets in London; even if you don’t want to buy anything this market is a must see, just for the incredible venue it’s housed in or just to people watch. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon or you can get there early if you want to avoid the crowds. Don’t forget to grab lunch before you leave at one of the popular and tasty food stalls.If you’re moving to London and want to check out some great property in Camden available right now, click on the link below! 

Hello! I'm Cat Byers, one of Movebubble's resident experts and researchers, alongside my work as a freelance writer, photographer and food stylist. My work keeps me up to date on the best new food events and openings in London, so I love to write about new pop-ups and places to go out! I also write London area guides, advice and information for renters.

Comments ( 4 )

  1. ReplySam
    Hey Cat!My partner and I, both in our early 20's will be moving to London in June this year and are very unsure of what are the safer/better areas to rent. We need to be close to transport and we'd like something spacious and homey (one bedroom) that we can afford (around 1000pcm as our maximum). Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated!Thanks!
    • Cat Byers
      Hey there Sam!Thanks for your comment. A lot of the safe areas in London are a little further out and therefore have cheaper rent. Check out our post on the safest areas in London: http://www.movebubble.com/blog/2014/04/living-in-london-the-six-safest-places-to-live-in-london/ -this would be a good place to start. Also try looking at Brockley. It might be a push finding something in that price bracket but would be less if you were sharing a place with another person or couple. Hope that helps guys! Let us know how you get on!Cat
  2. ReplyDave
    Hey Cat. I decided also move to London. I live in Europe and i was thinking what is a best place to move for young person. I am 23 and i dont have so much money, so i would also look for not so expensive area. Would be nice hear your opinion. Thank you .
    • Jamie Gough
      Hey Dave,I know I'm not Cat but I can answer your question! We have a guide for where to live if you're a young professional which may help you out a bit. If you have any more specific details on the kind of area you want to live in (exact price, vibe etc), then feel free to ask me.Hope this helps, Jamie

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