Located in North London, Camden is known for its famous markets, music scene, crazy shop fronts and, its grunge and punk history. But it’s also home to a canal, beautiful parks and one of the best views in London.
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Camden is one of the most popular neighborhoods among tourists. It is one of the few neighborhoods in London where you can mix punk and grunge with colorful London charm. Related: 10 Charming Things to do in Covent Garden
The punk parts of Camden are pretty commercialized and kitsch these days (I personally am not a fan). If you are able to brave the crowds, having a drink and hanging out along the canal is something you can’t miss.
Our walk took us from Camden, via a very scenic stroll along the canal, to neighboring Primrose Hill, which is almost as different as it gets from Camden. Primrose Hill is calm, with beautiful homes, and the famous park on the hill with gorgeous views. (The British A-listers of music, film and television tend to have homes here.) Related: A Guided Walk Through Hampstead Village
Camden has plenty of pubs and bars to choose from, some of the best food stalls and a fun atmosphere. If music is your thing, then this is the place to be as it’s home to some music venues where the most legendary artists and bands have played. The likes of Oasis, Blur and Jimi Hendrix have played at the Roundhouse. Related: 17 Things to do in London Bridge
If you like a good market, Camden is also the place for you. There’s the Stables Market, which feels like a town within a market – there are such varied stores and stalls.
We also stopped by the Horse Tunnel Market, and the Camden Lock Market, both of which were buzzing and lively. By way of refreshment, we chose to stop at Chin Chin for an incredibly indulgent hot chocolate.
Next up… the canal. It was lovely to get away from the busyness of the markets for a moment. There are some quirky, humorous canal boats, plenty of cyclists and even a floating Chinese restaurant!
Finishing the walk by ascending up Primrose Hill was the perfect way to do it. The vast greenery is a treat in London, and the views are well worth the stroll. Don’t forget to stop by Regent’s Park Road.
How To Get to Camden
Chalk Farm Station (Northern Line underground)- if you want to stop at Stables Market first
Mornington Crescent (Overground)
Camden Town (Northern Line)
When to Visit Camden
During the day around 10-11 am crazy during the weekend to avoid the crowds
What do Do in Camden
- The Roundhouse
- Stables Market
- Horse Tunnel Market
- Camden Market
- Chin Chin Labs
- Gloucester Avenue/Gloucester Crescent
- Gillbey’s Yard
- Walk along the Canal
- Primrose Hill/Primrose Hill Park
- Chalcot Square
- Kelly Street
- Street Art
- Camden High Street
- Regents Park Road
- Anima E Coure
- Camden Coffee House
- The Fields Beneath
- Doppio Coffee Warehouse