About the Area
Camden Town, or simply Camden, is a district of central London that is best known for its lively markets, shops, and music venues. This area is located in the northwest part of the city, between Regent's Park to the west and King's Cross Station to the east. This part of the city is often associated with alternative culture and lifestyles, and many of the local establishments cater to this unique and distinctive clientele. The area is also home to its fair share of financial and professional institutions, including accountants, solicitors, and consultancy firms.
Places of Interest
Camden Town is a popular destination for shopping and open-air markets. In the area are five different outdoor markets: Camden Market, Camden Lock Village, Inverness Street Market, Camden Lock Market, and Camden Stables Market. In addition, the Electric Ballroom hosts an indoor fashion market, although it operates solely on Sundays. At these markets, shoppers can find a wide assortment of jewellery, fashions, crafts, antiques, books, music, souvenirs, and much more. When the weather is nice, Camden High Street comes alive with street vendors, food stalls, street entertainers, artists, and multitude of shoppers, tourists, and local sightseers. To the northeast of Camden High Street sits the Roundhouse theatre, on Chalk Farm Road. This world-renowned concert hall regularly hosts music and theatre productions by big-ticket performers, as well as noteworthy local acts. Popular restaurants in the area include Asakusa (Japanese) and ElParador (Spanish) on Eversholt Street, Mestizo (Mexican) on Hampstead Road, and the luxurious and exotic Gilgamesh (Pan-Asian) at Camden Stables Market on Chalk Farm Road. There are also several smaller art galleries in the area, mostly around Camden Stables Market, as well as on Royal College Street. On Camden High Street, you will find all major banks such as Lloyd's, Nat West, HSBC, Halifax, etc.
Camden Town is served by two main tube (underground) stations: Camden Town station and Chalk Farm Station. Both are part of the Northern line. Camden Town station is one of the busiest stations in London, and provides access to Camden High Street and Camden Market. Chalk Farm is the next stop to the north, and provides access to Camden Stables Market. There is also plenty of bus access, as the area is served by a number of major lines including the 214, 24, 274, and 88. There is also an overground rail station, which is served by the North London rail line. Driving and parking can be a major problem in Camden Town, especially around the markets. The nearest parking lot is at the London Zoo, which is about a 10-minute walk from Camden Market. Street parking is usually very had to find, and often comes with short time limits and high prices. Although the area can be busy, cycling to Camden Town is also an option. There are several docking stations for Barclays Cycle Hire bikes. In addition, Camden Cycle on Eversholt Street also offers a bicycle hire service on a more long-term basis. Camden can also be a beautiful part of town to walk around, but again you should be aware that crowds can be thick during market season.