CocoonSync London Renter’s Guide: An intro to Camden
When it comes to living in London, there’s no place like Camden
Often shortened to Camden, London’s district of Camden Town is known as a bohemian neighbourhood. Its central location and wealth of options for art, shopping and dining have made it popular with a wide range of people, from professionals working in the City to musicians and families.
Where is Camden?
Camden Town is in NW1, about two miles north of central London, and is bordered with Kentish Town to the north, King’s Cross to the south, Islington to the east and Chalk Farm, Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park to the west.
Camden is very well served for accessing all of London. Its two Tube stations, Mornington Crescent and Camden Town, are connected to the Northern Line and the Camden Road Overground station has links to Stratford and Richmond. It couldn’t be easier to get to London’s main train stations from Camden, with King’s Cross and Euston only a 20 minute walk away.
There is also a great network of buses, including London’s oldest bus route, the No 24 from Hampstead to Pimlico, which has not changed since 1912.
Cyclists in Camden will rejoice at the excellent number of cycle paths across the neighbourhood, particularly along the Regent’s Canal, which runs through the district.
Renting in Camden
The types of accommodation in Camden are varied as the housing market has gone through a recent period of major regeneration. From beautiful modern apartments and renovated lofts to classic Victorian houses, there is a great mix of options for those looking to rent in Camden and it’s also a popular area for students, particularly those from UCL and Central Saint Martins.
Being one of the most walkable neighbourhoods in London, Camden is a popular place to rent a flat in London and has a real old-school, community-like feel.
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Living in Camden
Camden’s history is inextricably linked with that of London’s punk and grunge scene of the 70s and 80s, but it has grown up considerably from those days. Now it’s characterised by equal helpings of sophisticated cool and accessible roughness and is home to a diverse group of Londoners, from students and artists to families and businessmen.
Camden Town is an irresistibly charming, picturesque neighbourhood known for its colourful houses, vibrant markets and thriving music scene. It’s also home to both Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill park and these, along with the presence of the lazy, soothing waters of Regent’s Canal, give the place a distinctly village-like feel.
Despite the massive influx of tourists drawn by the legendary Camden Market, a wander away from the bustling main streets will lead you to quiet, residential areas filled with tranquil corners and leafy squares. Camden is best described as a neighbourhood in which opposites sit comfortably side by side: old and new, alternative and classic, loud and quiet; it is typified by a diversity so complete that it feels resolutely inclusive - everyone and everything is welcome in Camden and always will be.
Things to do in Camden
The biggest pull of Camden Town has always been the iconic markets. Sprawling across the centre of the neighbourhood, the seven markets that make up Camden Market are composed of stalls selling all types of wares, from tourist trinkets to vintage clothes; street food to jewellery. Going strong since 1974, the markets are constantly mutating and updating yet always retain a sense of permanence that has positioned them as the buzzing centre of the neighbourhood.
Foodies should head to the street food stalls around Camden Lock, where you can feast on anything from Venezuelan arepas to Dutch baby pancakes. Elsewhere in Camden, food and drink options abound, with the neighbourhood being home to quirky local cafés, Michelin-starred restaurants and cult food spots such as Haché Burger.
Aside from the market, Camden is perhaps best known for its legendary music scene. Inside the market, Dingwalls has been hosting music events for almost half a century while places such as The Electric Ballroom and The Underworld on the High Street showcase the latest and greatest of the rock music for which Camden is renowned. The late Amy Winehouse was a Camden resident and her image is represented in a bronze statue at Stables Market.
Stay tuned for more neighbourhood guides as well as ideas on what to do in London’s coolest districts.
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18 February 2021