Welcome to Camden
The London Borough of Camden is located in the northern part of the city, and neighbors the City of London to the south, the City of Westminster and Brent to the west, Barnet and Haringey to the north, and Islington to the east. Camden Town, or Camden, is the central neighborhood of the Borough of Camden. Camden Town is well known for its famous Camden Markets, and also for its many pubs and live music venues. The community offers a very diverse culture, which expresses itself in colorful restaurants serving food from all over the world, unique shops you won’t find anywhere else in London, and a music scene featuring just about any style you can think of. Welcome to Camden!
Go Shopping in Camden
- Camden Lock Market, original market of the Camden Markets, is located next to Regent’s Canal and Camden High Street. Its main focus is crafts, as it was when the market first started in the 1970s. Over the years it has branched out and now sells items such as books, vintage clothing, jewelry, even fast food! For the best jewelry, check out Roger Stone. Tribu is another great shop selling tribal items.
- The Stables Market is the go-to market for alternative fashion, and is located northwest of the Camden Lock Market. Many of the Stables Market shops are housed in former industrial buildings, and they form a fitting setting for the vintage clothing shops and antiques you’ll find all around. For something different, pay a visit to Cyberdog: a gallery featuring recycled art objects.
- Camden Lock Village is located east of Chalk Farm Road along the Regent’s Canal towpath. Camden Lock Village was recently renovated, and now offers various independent shops selling products ranging from cool accessories to musical instruments. There’s even a shop with a real glass engraver!
- The Iverness Street Market between Camden High Street and Arlington Road used to be focused on selling fresh produce. In recent years, however, the stalls selling fruits and vegetables have all but disappeared, and new stalls selling clothing and souvenirs have popped up in the street. Iverness is now most famous for the many excellent bars and restaurants lining the street.
Camden cafés, restaurants & pubs
If it weren’t for the Camden Market, Camden’s vibrant pubs and bars would surely be what the area is best known for. With a thriving local music scene, Camden’s small pubs often showcase up-and-coming bands. The great cultural diversity of Camden is also present in its cafes and restaurants, which are often fresh and original. The following are some of our favorites:
InSpiral is a great café/lounge with a lovely view of the Regent’s Canal. Besides solid coffee, InSpiral also offers fresh vegetarian and vegan food, and in the evenings there’s often live music or a DJ. Camden Coffee House is a cozy café with an excellent selection of coffees and teas. Terra Nera is an original coffee house right next to the Stables Market that serves a range of specialty coffees and has amazing cakes. Also right opposite the Stables Market is Inhabition, a very popular coffee shop among the locals. Besides excellent coffee Inhabition also makes a mean milkshake.
- Pubs & Bars
Live Like a Local in Camden
When you’re coming to London on a holiday, Camden is a great place to stay during your visit. We have many vacation rentals available in Camden, so have a look to see what it’s like to stay in this offbeat part of town!
If you really want to experience Camden like a local, consider staying in a furnished apartment in Camden. These fully furnished apartments can be rented for a longer period, so you’ll be able to visit as many different live music pubs and Camden Market shops as you like!
What to See & Do in Camden
For an entirely different cultural experience, visit one of Camden’s great museums. The Charles Dickens Museum is a must-see for fans of Dickens’ novels. The museum is located in a Georgian house that was Dickens’ home for two years, and also the place where he wrote The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist. Another fascinating museum is the Grant Museum of Zoology, which houses over 67,000 specimens. Other museums in Camden include the Camden Art Center, Camden Catacombs, Freud Museum, Jewish Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Camden also has several parks that are lovely to visit on a sunny day. Regent’s Park features sprawling lawns, beautiful gardens and even a boating lake! It’s also where the London Zoo, the oldest scientific zoo in the world, is located. Primrose Hill to the north of Regent’s Park offers an amazing view of the City of London’s skyline. Lastly, Regent’s Canal is a great place for a picnic by the water. See what it’s like to stroll through the parks and streets of London in our London video tours.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to Camden in London! Have you ever been to the Camden Markets?