The moment you step outside the tube station, Camden attacks the senses. Bass thumps from the market stalls' speakers, the scent of street food and incense permeates the air, and goths, punks, pushers and tourists shove past, giving the area an unorthodox charm. Come to Camden for the atmosphere, but stay for the cheap restaurants and awesome live music scene.
Things to do in Camden
Pubs in Camden
Camden has a great selection of pubs, ranging from traditional boozers to dolled-up and DJ-ed gastropubs. Here's Time Out's guide to the best pubs in the Camden area.
You're not short of bar options in NW1, but use this list of our favourites to make sure you end up in one that will mean maximum satisfaction. Read on to see Time Out's recommendations for the best bars in Camden.
Clubs in Camden
As a place that revolves around music, Camden is unsurprisingly home to some of the most renowned clubs in the capital. Koko has had a long history as a famous venue, but it is now known as a premier indie club. Electric Ballroom has played host to some of the biggest names in music before they were stars. So get ready for a great night out, as we show you the best places to go clubbing in Camden.
Live music in Camden
Camden Town has more than its fair share of iconic music venues. Up near Chalk Farm station, The Roundhouse has hosted Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, and Koko (formerly Camden Palace) was the home of Britpop. But these days the best gigs in Camden tend to happen on small pub stages, at places like The Barfly, where up-and-coming indie bands keep the racket going seven nights a week. Here are the best places to catch gigs in Camden.
What's on in Camden this week?
The Midlands band play scuzzy, snotty, grunged-up punk
Camden Lock Market
Offering an eclectic jumble of street food, clothing, gifts and more, Camden Lock Market is a characterful shopping experience. The market may have started...
Camden Street Art Tours
Explore one of Camden's many colourful sides on a two-hour walking tour that's suitable for all ages. Discover street art in hidden corners, hear more about...
Buttoned Down Disco
A hugely popular monthly indie-disco night that mixes trendy indie anthems with banging dancefloor-fillers, plus a few guilty pleasures
Hampstead Comedy Club
Veteran comedian and promoter Ivor Dembina hosts this cosy, Saturday night comedy club a few minutes from Camden Town tube (the club's now moved from the...
The Violet Crab
Live acts and over 100 new commissions turn the gallery into an immersive cabaret experience.