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One Day In Camden

CamdenIf this is your first time in Camden prepare yourself for its vivid and crowded atmosphere. Prepare yourself to be swamped with colours, sounds and appetising aroma. Surprises are around every corner with shops and pubs bursting with life, buzzy bars and people from all over the world. Camden Town, this chaotic multicultural melting point will capture you with its bohemian charm.

There is plenty to see and do in Camden during the day and night, so don’t expect to get to bed early.

Walk around Camden

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is one the most serene places not only in Camden but in London as a whole. The green summit of the hill will reveal 360-degree view of the city, while you’re surrounded by the vast green fields of the park. Surprisingly Camden can be ideal for rest, as Primrose hill is completely separated from the city’s constant noise.

Where: London NW3 3AX, UK.

The Canal

St. Regents Canal

St. Regents Canal, stretching all the way to the Park and beyond, reaching Rembrandt Gardens, gives you a great opportunity to take a boat tour or just have a picnic. You can get on a boat right after you pop out of Camden Lock and enjoy a calming journey in the calm waters. Most of the boats stop at the London Zoo for 30 minutes, so you’ll have the chance to take a look at the animals inside.

Street Art in Camden

Camden Street Art

Camden is famous for its large walls of street art on almost every corner. You take a random direction and still find something interesting to see. You mind even stumble upon an artist making his piece at the very moment. Some of the street on which you can find amazing graffiti are Hawley Street, Kentish Town Road, Jamestown Road to find John Lennon’s huge portrait or near Chalk Farm Underground Station.

Shop the diversity

Camden Lock Market

Camden Lock Market is the most famous spot in the borough and one of the most visited places in London. It attracts over 100,000 visitors every week, and you can imagine how busy the market is at the weekend.

In the market, you can find more than 50 shops, as well food stalls, cafes and little restaurants. No matter what you’re hunting for you will surely get it there. Starting from vintage clothing shops, home-décor, furniture, to shoes and accessories, music stores, old and new bookstores- the diversity is endless. You can buy clothing in every style known, hand-made gifts, art, jewellery.

Some of the highlights are The Camden Tea Shop where you can buy different kinds of tea blends from all over the world1940&amp 1950 Womenswear – a fabulous vintage gem, offering you colourful dresses with a taste of the past century.

Where: Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF, UK

When: Open daily from 10 AM 7 PM.

KERB Market

Kerb Market

KERB Market is London’s best street food hub. With over 30 different food stalls you can have a tasty meal for a reasonable price. All dishes are fresh, as traders come to the market every day. You can choose from all kinds of offers- from roasted steaks to deep fried halloumi or Italian pasta and pizza. Don’t forget about the burgers, noodles, Indian curry dishes or Spanish pastries.

Where: London NW1 8AF, UK

When: Open daily from 10 AM 7 PM.

Vintage and eccentric shops

While there is a lot to be found in Camden, there are some highlights that deserve your attention. Rokit Shop is one of the best places to find vintage clothing in any colour you like. It is a famous chain in London, and its location in Camden is one of the most visited.

Where: 225 Camden High St, London NW1 7BU, UK

When: Open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM.

The Vintage Collection in Camden Lock is the largest shopping hub for old school clothing, shoes and accessories. Their collection starts with the selection of clothes from the early 30’s to metal band tees from the 80’s and 90’s.

Where: Saddler’s Row Chalk Farm Road London, NW1 8AH

When: Open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Cyberdog Shop

Cyberdog is an extraordinary eccentric shop for club wear offered in neon colours and crazy style. You can find some of the most insane disco and rave clothes out there. Even if you don’t intend to buy futuristic clothes is worth to visit just of curiosity.

Where: 842 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH, UK

When: Open daily from 10 AM to 7:30 PM, Weekend until 8 PM.

Find the best eateries in Camden

York & Albany

York and Albany

As popular as its founder, York&Albany– one of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants- is quite crowded eatery. It offers British cuisine with a taste of Ramsey’s International mark. You can choose between Sunday menu, weekday menu for breakfast or set menu, or you can try the seasonal offers changing regularly.

The atmosphere is bright and spacious with large French windows and leather furniture. Make sure to stop at the bar for some cocktails first.

Where: 27-129 Parkway, London NW1 7PS, UK

When: Open Monday-Thursday from 7 AM to 12 AM,

Friday- Saturday 7 AM to 1 AM and Sunday 7 AM to 11 PM

Prices: $$, $$$.

Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh in Stables Market is a busy restaurant and lounge bar. With its large hall with tall glass windows from the floor, the ceiling is truly a place worth to visit. It offers Asian and Chinese food as well as sushi choices served in an intimate setting. The place is noisy and has a rich interior decoration in the style of an Ancient Akkadian temple. Especially the bar is something to be noticed with its carvings and flashy lights at night. The restaurant is a bit pricey for Camden, but it’s worth the experience.

Where: The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH, UK

When: Open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM

Prices: $$$$.

The Blues Kitchen

If you’re dying for a crusted juicy pork ribs, cheesy wings or smoked sausages combined with the sounds of a southern blues jump right into the Blues Kitchen. You will find fantastic BBQ and loads of it, while you can listen to live blues bands on the stage.

The Blues Kitchen is a combination of a live venue and a restaurant, so typical for Camden. It is always busy, especially for dinner. The overall impression of the wooden hall is a night bar, but when you open the food menu, you will be tempted immediately by the large choice.

Where: 111-113 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 7JN, UK

When: Monday – Tuesday 12 PM to 12 AM,

Wednesday Thursday 12 PM to 1 AM,

Friday 12 PM to 2:30 AM,

Saturday 10 AM to 3 AM and Sunday 10 AM to 1 AM

Prices: $$, $$$.

Here are two more places to try.

Made in Brazil– an unpretentious and colourful restaurant with live music, which offers Latino cuisine- you can’t miss its bright painted façade.

Alexander the Great is typical Greek Tavern, whose background will transfer you in the Mediterranean.

Try Camden’s famous pubs

Dublin Castle

 Dublin Castle Pub

Dublin Castle pub is one of the key pubs in Camden. It has been on Parkway road since the 70’s and has always been a host of indie and Britpop bands. It was one of the favourite places of Amy Winehouse and the ska band Madness. If you’re looking for a good Wednesday or weekend gig in an intimate setting, don’t miss Dublin Castle. You can listen to British bands and DJ’s, and they offer some good choices of ales and beers on tap at the bar.

Where: 94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN, UK

When: Monday-Tuesday 12 PM to 1 AM, Wednesday from 1 PM,

Thursday 1 PM to 2 AM, Weekend 12 PM to 2 AM

Prices: Entrance fees £ 4 to 12 at the door.

Hawley Arms

Hawley Arms Camden

If you want to taste the real feel of Camden, go to the Hawley Arms pub. A notorious gastropub for beer and whiskey lovers with live music and a hall of fame with pictures of famous British stars. Again one of Amy Winehouse’s top places it will charm you with friendly and cosy surrounding and make you feel like home. It has a terrace on the roof and a garden surrounded by brick walls, as well as the second floor with another bar.

Where: 2 Castlehaven Rd, London NW1 8QU, UK

When: Open daily from 12 PM to 12 AM, Weekend until 1 AM

Prices: $$, $$$.

Lock Tavern

Lock Tavern

Dark, simple, hipster and typically British bar- the Lock Tavern is a place where you can relax in the afternoon with a glass of beer or wine. It is one more live venue hosting music events- all of them free. It has a lovely small walled beer garden and a spacious terrace on the roof for the warm days.

Where: 35 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8AJ, UK

When: Open Monday- Thursday 12 PM to 12 AM,

Weekend 12 PM to 1 AM, Sunday 12 PM to 11 PM

Prices: $$, $$$.

Some more places to try are the Princess of Wales– a bright and busy gastro pub, BrewDog in Camden for some craft beer and The Black Heart– an alternative bar for punk, rock and indie fans.

Taste the nightlife in Camden

Electric Ballroom

Electric Ballroom

Electric Ballroom with its old school name and unpresentable blue sign in front, the venue has been there for over 70 years, becoming a host for rock stars like RHCP, U2 and The Clash, while today you go to see Royal Blood or Mallory Knox gigs. The hall is nothing special really, but you have everything you need- beer, music and free space to jump. It can host around 1200 people and thanks to its raw interior and honest rock’n’roll attitude is still favourite of guitar lovers.

Where: 184 Camden High St, London NW1 8QP, UK

When: Friday and Saturday from 10:30/10 PM to 3 AM.

Prices: Entrance fees between £10 and £20 at the door.

Camden Assembly

Camden Assembly on the corner of Chalk Farm Road is the former Barfly- a live venue which hosted gigs of some famous Brit bands like Coldplay, Kasabian, Blur and The Killers. The place is now owned by Columbo Group, ruling over some other trendy clubs in London and is one of the best rated live venues in Camden.

The interior is really plain but just enough to spend a great night in the company of cold beer and crispy chips. The three-storey building offers food on the ground floor and gigs and club parties upstairs.

Where: 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN, UK

When: Friday and Saturday from 10 PM to 3 AM

Prices: Entrance fees with online booking from £6.

Camden Underworld

Underworld Camden

Camden Underworld is a basement club – probably the best place to see metal, punk and alternative music gigs. From its opening it became a host for Placebo, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Ghost, Radiohead and many more rock bands. It is worth a visit when there is a gig on Sundays and Wednesdays.

When there’s no live performance, you have clubbing Friday and Saturday nights with emo, punk, grunge and indie music. You can listen to Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Nirvana, Biffy Clyro, The Ramones.

Where: 174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE, UK

When: Sunday to Thursday 7 PM to 11 PM,

Friday and Saturday 6 PM to 3 AM

Prices: Entrance fees with online booking from £15.

Still, there’s a lot more to visit in Camden- the borough of night life. Some of the best clubs in London are situated there, such as the KOKO, The Jazz Café and the famous Roundhouse. Read our article about the Best venues in London to learn more about these places.

Try this route

We realise one day is not enough to see the whole beauty of Camden, but we will try to lead you through the must see sights in the borough.

  • Start your day with a relaxing boat trip. You can take the water bus from Little Venice, which will get you to Primrose Hill for about 30 minutes. When you have enough of stunning views of the city, you can head to the heart of the borough on foot or take the water bus again straight to Camden Lock.
  • From Camden Lock, everything is within 10 minutes walking. You can choose from entering the Camden Market for shopping or visiting the food stall at KERB Market.
  • When you get enough of crowds, delicious scents and colours, you can jump to the Hawley Arms, which is nearby. If you prefer something more unusual go to Gilgamesh, which is just around the corner.
  • You can take a right turn on Camden High Street to meet the evening in Made in Brazil or continue a little further on the road to reach The Black Heart. If you like the atmosphere in Dublin Castle, you need to walk a bit on Parkway Road.
  • The nearest venues on this side of the borough are Camden Electric Ballroom and Underworld, with a short distance between them.

We hope you will have a crazy night, and if you’re looking for a quick ride home late in the night, try our minicab services.