Proud Camden

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Nowadays, it might be the kind of club where you're likely to find Daisy Lowe slumming it, but this venue was once a stables for horses who had been injured pulling barges along the nearby canals. Nowadays, the 200-year-old, Grade II-listed former horse hospital plays host to far less lame attractions, focusing on Radio 1-ish indie-electro and synth-pop to delight the likes of Sadie Frost, Nick Grimshaw and other slebby visitors.

Venue name: Proud Camden
Contact:
Address: The Horse Hospital
Chalk Farm Rd
Camden
London
NW1 8AH
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm
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GirlAboutLondon
tastemaker

You know a show is bad when audience plants are a) needed, and b) just make you feel uncomfortable.

From the beginning the whole experience was bad. We went straight to the bar to get drinks when we arrived. It wasn't too busy but it took a while to be served- mainly because the lady behind the bar tended to serve people who just walked up to it, not people who'd been waiting. She was moaning to colleagues about 'all these vouchers I haven't seen before and no-one has told us about'. We wanted to get a pizza each but she told us we could only order food after the show because the kitchen was so backed-up with orders.

We got a drink and went into the show as it began.

I mentioned the audience plants- well, they (along with security) just seemed to constantly move people around and try get them to sing-along and dance. At one point I had one stand next to me and constantly talk. No idea what they were saying to me, it was totally inaudible over the music, but it was probably along the lines of, 'Isn't this fun! Sing! Ooh I love this song! Dance!'

We felt how the people behind us looked- totally awkward!

Even though we enjoyed most of the music and songs, not knowing all the words to all of them puts you under scrutiny from the performers/ plants/ security who seem to be checking on your level of participation regularly.

It got to the point where the 'fun' was so contrived we just wanted to leave, so we did.

We went back to the bar, ordered pizza- much to the delight of one of the guys making the food (not!-he was clearly annoyed no one was ordering burgers and his small oven wasn't big enough for the demand)-who was making a noise about how many orders he had and sarcastically encouraging more (shouting from the open kitchen, 'yes guys, just order the pizza, that's all we have..').

When we eventually got our pizza, it was surprisingly delicious. But the show? No, not good. Forced fun is never fun.

Anaelle
Tastemaker

Nope, nope, nope.


This place could have been such a great address to have in the books. The outdoor area looks so promising – large terrace with a nice, thought-through décor. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver at all. Staff is more than rude and very slow. After waiting 45 minutes for an order of burger and pizza, we had the joy of being talked down on by the kitchen staff who didn’t want to look our order up. He tried to give us two burgers that had been sitting at the bar for 20 minutes in exchange. No thank you! Worse is that we were only one of the four tables in the same pickle. Great! And when it finally arrived, the food was average at best…


As for the indoor bit, it looks promising too. Tiny booth with poles everywhere – it seems to be the start of a very fun night out. But unfortunately the ambiance is too trashy for my taste. And again with rude staff, it doesn’t help.


They are so many good places in Camden, please do not waste your time/money/energy there.

Neil K
Tastemaker

Proud Camden is quite unique venue with an interesting layout (due to the buildings original use as stables) which has been gloriously preserved and adapted with the stables now acting as private booths which can be hired, but at a price! The main building itself is not huge but rather long and thin, but the outside area adds a fair amount of space and is great for summer evening, and has a decent aditional bar and covered areas for when the weather turns. They do food too and generally the pricing is fairly keen to both for food and drink for the area. Generally it's definitely worth a visit.

Corina B
Tastemaker

Despite it being a pretty small venue I really enjoy going because it is always interesting to fluctuate between the different rooms they have available as each space has a different atmosphere and I think this is the reason I enjoy going so much. The location is great, and from my experience the music and the crowd are ok too, although not ideal. Would recommend for a relaxed night out.

Chelsey C
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The Secret Garden is suitable for even the British weather with heaters and canopies and if you're lucky enough to nab a seat in the snug then there is very little chance you will move from there all night!

Following on with the hot tub craze, they have installed one so near to the bar that the staff could practically throw you a drink. Not prepared for an al fresco dip? Proud also provide swimwear and towels so there are no excuses. Except concern for your personal hygiene.

The acoustic singers can sometimes be a little unpleasant - speaker feedback, down tempo songs and asking for donations at the end of their set, but if you are patient enough, the music inside is always worth waiting for!

Anon

It's relatively small, having just two small dance floors. It's fun to go to once or twice, but it's always packed and crammed full of people with no space to dance. I don't recommend booking a stable either.