Camden area guide

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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.

Camden Market

What was once a treasure trove of fashionable bargains and unusual gifts is now mainly variations on an 'I heart London' theme, but Camden's markets are still worth shopping in if you know where to look. The section nearest the station (on the east side of the high street) is home to endless printed hoodies and cheap cotton dresses. The Lock Market hosts the best food stalls and some crafts and gifts. North of the canal is a maze of Stables Market, which was spruced up in the late naughties. Avoid its front of cheap Chinese food and hunt down the corner of vintage clothes and antiques stalls and Camden's emporium of neon clubwear, Cyberdog.

  1. Camden High St, (junction with Buck St), NW1 8NJ
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Where to eat in Camden

Arancini Factory

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 115 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PN
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Haché

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 24 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ
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Masala Zone

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 25 Parkway, NW1 7PG
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Porky's

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 18 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AG
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What's on in Camden this week?

The Lock Tavern Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Lock Tavern 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Apr 20
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  1. Pets at Home Camden Rochester Road, NW1 9JH
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Fri Apr 18
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  1. Jazz Cafe 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Jul 20
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  1. Camden Arts Centre Arkwright Rd, NW3 6DG
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Sun Jun 29
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  1. The Forge Arts Venue Delancey Street, NW1 7NL
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Mon Apr 28
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  1. Camden Market Camden High St, (junction with Buck St), NW1 8NJ
  2. Tue Apr 1 - Sun Mar 8
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Tarantino Night

  • Critics choice
  1. The Blues Kitchen 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Mon Apr 21
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  1. Camden Head 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sat Apr 26
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Chris
Chris

Good Human are looking forward to hosting an exhibition by Czech born artist Martin Krupik taking Good Human into the world of abstract expressionism this Thursday 28th July @ Good Human Studio's, 11 Leybourne Rd Camden Town. Exhibiting and working on projects with Artisland, NO ID gallery, The Foundry, Synergy, Good night beds, TAA and Prospect art gallery his work has reached a variety of prestigious venues and organisations. His work is an ongoing research into channeled art with influences including Kandinsky, Bosch, Pollock. Krupik sees the underground brought to the surface

Lucy
Lucy

Check out the monthly Pop Up Vintage Fairs in Hampstead. Next one on 24th July at St Stephen's Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 2PP. Fab array of stalls with vintage clothes, jewellery, accessories and homeware. Definitely going there to find some vintage treasures and enjoy afternoon vintage tea and cake! 11:00-16:00. 07716 295998. They're also on facebook.com/popupvintagefairs

Claire E Hind
Claire E Hind

Live Art,Poet & Musician END OF EXHIBITION PARTY NIGHT THURSDAY 10TH MARCH 6.30PM - 9.00PM Exhibition Open with mOrganic, Live Artist, Simon O'Connor, Poet & Malcolm, from Hats Off Gentlemen If It's Adequate, performing 2 acoustic music sets. A chance for everyone involved to come together, have fun, network, relax & enjoy... THE VALUE OF THINGS An Art Exhibition Of Value... 6th March – 10th March 2011 MAPALIM THE PARLOUR STUDIO & PROJECT SPACE, 181-187 QUEENS CRESCENT LONDON, NW5 4DS http://www.thevalueofthings.com/

jason Pablo
jason Pablo

No not really, if you visited eastlondon bricklane you'll be so much surprised and London is a such beautiful place to hang out in general agree?

Le gourmand
Le gourmand

Where are the inimitable Chin Chin Labs with their nitro icecream?!?surely the only reason to visit Camden at all...

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