Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019
Just a stone’s throw from central London, buzzy Camden is known for its eclectic markets, lively music scene and amazing nightlife, but there’s so much more besides. With charming canals, period architecture and beautiful Regent’s Park – not to mention one of the world’s best zoos – Camden is a London neighbourhood with plenty of appeal.
A residential area since the 1790s, Camden grew to prominence with the coming of the Grand Union Canal and the railways. It’s always had an avant garde streak, attracting artists, writers and musicians – ranging from Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf and Dylan Thomas to Alan Bennett and Amy Winehouse.
Nowadays Camden is a sought-after place to live, popular with young professionals for its good mix of housing options; from grand Georgian homes to modern serviced apartments.
Read on for five reasons to check out one of London’s most exciting neighbourhoods:
There’s no denying that Camden’s markets are what draws the crowds, as they have for more than four decades. They’re a bit of a labyrinth but check out Camden Market for fashion, Camden Lock Market and Village for crafts, jewellery, accessories and food and Stables Market for household items, antiques, vinyl records and more. The whole area is a goldmine for vintage enthusiasts. You’ll need a few hours to do it justice but there are plenty of street food options to keep you going as you shop.
Famed for its live music scene, Camden’s nightlife is vibrant and the pubs are legendary. If you love your music history, swing by the likes of the Dublin Castle, which launched the career of Madness and hosted early gigs by the likes of Blur, Coldplay and the Arctic Monkeys. Drop by the Hawley Arms too, where Amy Winehouse used to pull pints or visit the Edinboro Castle for its beer garden, the picturesque Elephant’s Head or the BrewDog Camden, home of the eponymous craft ale.
You can still catch established and up-and-coming bands at many Camden pubs, as well as the legendary venue, the Electric Ballroom. Well-loved club, KOKO hosts live music and burlesque. You can also see bands at the Roundhouse, Camden Assembly and Dingwalls or try the Jazz Cafe for jazz, blues and soul.
The Regent’s Canal runs right through the heart of Camden on its way to Little Venice. The trip takes less than an hour and is a relaxing way to take in the narrow boats and historic buildings along the way.
Kings Cross is home to the London Canal Museum. From a waterside location, it tells the story of London's canals, their people, horses, boats - and event their connection with the history of ice cream.
ZSL London Zoo is one of Camden’s big attractions. Committed to conservation worldwide, the zoo is home to more than 750 species. Journey through the iconic Penguin Beach, Tiger Territory and Gorilla Kingdom – and, if you’re brave enough, the walkthrough spider experience.
You won’t be short of food options in Camden but where to start? Maybe with fish and chips at Poppie’s. For authentic Japanese fare, sample the deceptively modest Asakusa.
If Argentinian steaks are your thing, check out La Patagonia or give Casa Tua a try for a deliciously simple bowl of pasta and a glass of wine.
Vegetarians are well-served by the Camden branch of Mildred’s, famed for its halloumi burger. And on the subject of cheese, The Cheese Bar in Camden Stables is entirely dedicated to the stuff, and consistently recommended by locals.
Camden is close to gorgeous Regent’s Park, arguably London’s best open space, with its blooms, greenery, play areas and open air theatre, as well as plenty of room for kicking back and relaxing.
Close to the zoo is Primrose Hill – climb it for some of the best views across London.
If you’re looking for your next move, and Camden sounds appealing, Kubie Gold is an established Camden estate agency with plenty of rental properties and houses for sale. Contact us to find out more about living in Camden and the properties we have to rent or buy.