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What’s it all about?
Often associated with alternative culture, Camden Town is a mixed, colourful and vibrant part of North London in the NW1 and NW5 postcodes. Camden Town has a strong sense of community and diversity to be involved with when living in this location. The area is full of stalls at the infamous bustling market, however, the area has so much more to offer. The music venues, bars and pubs are all popular destinations for tourists, visitors and Londoners alike.
Not surprisingly, art and creative types are a common resident of Camden, possibly due to the excellent transport links and the area’s lively energy. Although stereotyped as being for those looking for boho-chic, this part of London attracts city workers, artistic souls and young professionals alike. Despite its reputation as an alternative, grungy, hip area, the borough is one of the most expensive London boroughs.
- The Roundhouse was built in 1847 for steam engine locomotives to turn around on its turntable. In 1966 it became a music venue
- Despite its name, there is no Camden Lock. In fact, there are three dual locks in the area built in the early 1800s as part of the Regent’s Canal. The term Camden Lock refers to Hampstead Road Locks
- The market known as the Stables Market in Camden Town used to be the Pickfords horse stables and a horse hospital for the horses who pulled the Pickfords vans
- Camden has the largest listed building in England – the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate
- Camden is home to the largest population of students in London, with more than 24,000 higher education students, and more higher education institutions than any other local authority
- Camden’s population more than doubles in size on an average workday to more than 530,000 people, including 71,000 domestic and overseas tourists
Camden social life is what many people love about the area, with a seemingly endless selection of bars, restaurants and performance venues concentrated in NW1. Worthy of a mention are the Jazz Café, the Roundhouse, Ian Pengelley’s 200-cover Gilgamesh restaurant and bar, gourmet burger outlet Haché and the historic World’s End pub.
- A great addition to Parkway is the Whole Foods Market supermarket, which stocks a wide variety of organic foods and natural beauty products.
- The Roundhouse is a converted railway engine shed which now hosts the annual iTunes festival-, as well as putting on excellent arts and music events all year round.
- Cantelowes Skatepark is widely recognised as one of the biggest and best outdoor bowls in the UK
- Camden Town has a medium-sized library, which includes a specialist children’s library and learning centre
- You can travel along the historic Regents Canal as it along the green and leafy fringes of Regents Park
Although a vibrant bustling central location, Camden is still blessed with a large variety of outdoor spaces. There are 5 parks in the borough alone; Hampstead Cemetery, Russell Square, St George’s Gardens, St Pancras Gardens and Waterlow Park. They have recently had major renovation works done after receiving £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. St Martins Gardens and Harrington Square Gardens are two further green spaces in the area.
Rail: St Pancras International, King’s Cross and Euston are a walk away
Tube: Camden Town Tube station in Zone 2 of the Northern line (Bank, Charing Cross, Edgware and High Barnet). Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent also serve Camden Town
Overground: The local station is Camden Road
Buses: Many bus connections all over the city serve Camden Town, including the 168 (to Old Kent Road), the 24 (to Pimlico), the 214 (to Moorgate), the 88 (to Clapham Common), and the 134 (to North Finchley). Most night buses to north London stop in Camden Town
Cycle: There are cycle paths to both east and west London along the canal, and Camden is part of the route for the proposed North to South Cycle Superhighway
Camden’s state schools pride themselves on excellent teaching and a supportive learning environment for all, at all levels -both primary and secondary-, including Camden School for Girls, where Emma Thompson and Geri Halliwell went to school, as well as the prestigious Haverstock School. Eleanor Palmer School, in nearby Kentish Town, is one of the most sought after primary schools in the country.