Camden Town is arguably one of the best-known areas of London. It is a bustling borough in the north west of London, alive with creativity and inspiration. It features boho chic music venues around the area. There is always something happening, which makes it a hotspot for tourists and residents alike.Although its residential base became well established in the late 1700’s, it became recognised as an important district in terms of transport links with the development of railways. Today, the area is better known for tourism, retail and entertainment.
Camden takes its name from Sir Charles Pratt, who was first to hold the title of Earl Camden. The borough of Camden, as we know it today, was created in 1965. This town was not considered fashionable but, as we know, all areas can go through revivals, creating districts of urban popularity, and that is true of Camden Town during the mid-twentieth century.
The famous markets of Camden Town only started in around 1973, but they have grown in popularity and proportion, drawing in lots of tourists today. Many retailers and entertainment businesses have also made Camden their home, after high commercial rents forced out small or independent businesses from this thriving area.
HOUSING & RENTAL MARKET
Given the huge popularity of the area, you are right to assume that there is a steep price tag on housing here. For a single bedroom property, count at least £550,000. If you need a larger property, such as a 3-bedroom property, then you are looking at anywhere from £1.1 million upwards.
For people looking for properties to rent, there are options ranging from independent houses to flats, with a good architectural mix. Some properties are Victorian and Georgian terraced houses, while others are contemporary apartments. The average listed rental price for a 2-bedroom apartment is around £2,825, and around £4,000 for a 3-bedroom flat.
Camden Town is on the London Underground and has a tube station quite close to the Camden High Street and Camden Market. The tube station is also an interchange station for other Northern Line branches, including Charing Cross, Edgware and High Barnet. The station is very crowded as it was not initially designed to accommodate so many people and, although there have been many plans over the years to upgrade it, it still waits for redevelopment. Camden also has an Overground station that can take you to Richmond on the west side, and Stratford on the east side of the line.
A large range of bus routes sprawl through Camden Town and, as the area’s boundary is by the Regent's Canal, you can expect to find tourist enjoying boat trips and river cruises during the warmer months. In fact, there are a number of markets that can be found around Camden Lock, as well as cyclists enjoying a leisurely ride from The Lock to Little Venice. There is also a regular water bus service that takes tourists to London Zoo and Little Venice.
St. Martin’s Gardens is a beautiful area of greenery and space, which provides a very welcoming break from the busy areas of Camden.
Camley Street Natural Park is a hidden gem for natural beauty. It covers 2 acres in size and belongs to the London Wildlife Trust. There are a number of shady spots, but you can also find meadow and woodland areas too. It is the perfect area for a short sojourn or a longer afternoon walk with the children.
Talacre Gardens is a quiet spot, more known for being a lovely open green area that is well used by budding footballers.
AN ECLECTIC RANGE OF
Apart from the many markets that each offers their own unique mix of modern and alternative clothing, fashion and accessories, there are also many “traditional” boutiques and stores.
The futuristic Cyberdog is a paradise of neon designs and outlandish clothing. It is a well-established brand with followers from all walks of life.
If you are eco-conscious then perhaps Araucaria grabs your attention. Indian influenced hand-made goods have grown in range and popularity since its inception. They hand-source all of their ingredients and as well as creating the goods, they also offer a wide range of Fair Trade goods too.
For a psychedelic experience, visit Funky Town Shop. Situated over 2 floors, it offers an array of colourful retro and vintage fashion and accessories. In Camden, there are hundreds of other outlets, stores, shacks and stalls to choose from, and you can only truly get a full-blown experience by visiting Camden and experiencing it for yourself.
THE PUBS & RESTAURANTS
If you thought the shopping scene was eclectic, wait until you experience the nightlife! There is a bar, nightclub or music venue to suit any taste.
One of the truly stunning bars is Blues Kitchen. The bar pays homage to America not only in music, but it also offers great food as well as a range of more than 50 bourbons. It is so popular the owner has opened another two other bars in London.
Boho Camden has a happy hour (for 3 hours) where it offers a wide range of cocktails on a 2 for 1 deal!
BYOC Camden have created an innovative idea. BYOC stands for “bring your own cocktail.” This is an excellent bar for a hen night where the bar staff will use the ingredients you bring and mix them with a range of their own syrups to create mouth-watering cocktails.
Camden Town has been home to a whole host of famous and influential people. For example, Charles Dickens had a second home in the area and Dylan Thomas, the poet, lived in Delancey Street. Many celebrities flock to the area for the scintillating nightlife, and it is Camden Town where the talented Bon Scott (AC/DC lead singer) tragically died after a night on the tiles.
Another tragic loss was Amy Winehouse who lived in Camden Town all her life until her death in 2011.
SCHOOLS & MEDICAL FACILITIES
There are a lot of schools that serve the Camden Town area. The best girls’ school is The Camden School for Girls. 88% of pupils that have attended have achieved 5 or more GCSE’s at grades of A-C. The national average of pupils achieving this grade is 61%. The school has a high moral code and is devoted to those with learning disabilities to help them achieve their potential.
The area offers an array of primary, preparatory and co-educational and independent schools as well as schools suiting the overall ethnicity that is in abundance in the area. More details can be found via search by school name, school type, and postcode on Schoolsnet.
There is also no lack of medical facilities in and around Camden, including University College Hospital, Camden Mews Day Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, St Lukes Woodside Hospital, and St Pancras Hospital.
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