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?

  1. Camden Lock Market Camden Lock Place, (off Chalk Farm Rd), NW1 8AF
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Nov 30
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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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  1. Camden Comedy Club Upstairs at the Camden Head, 100 Camden High St, NW1 0LU
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sat Dec 20
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Beardyman

  • Critics choice
  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Fri Nov 28
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  1. Camden Lock Market Camden Lock Place, (off Chalk Farm Rd), NW1 8AF
  2. Wed Apr 2 - Sun Jul 5
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Cloud Nothings

  • Critics choice
  1. Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High St, NW1 8QP
  2. Mon Dec 1
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  1. Koko Camden High St, NW1 7JE
  2. Fri Nov 28
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19 comments
Mirella V
Mirella V

An epic meal at The Blues Kitchen, followed by their Sunday Blues Jam! Great end to the weekend in my books.

Start A
Start A

This Saturday the biggest street festival in camden in Chalton street near kings cross - the START festival of cultures in Somers Town. Watch this space www.somerstownarts.org Coming on July 12th, 2014.

Start A
Start A

The biggest street festival in Camden is actually in Somers Town in Chalton street this coming Saturday 12th from about 11am ... Great music and community and funfair for kids from bands from lipstick melodies, to world music. Look it up www.somerstown.org

Steph H
Steph H

Indulging on liquid nitrogen ice-cream from Chin Chin Labs. A perfect way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon after exploring the various food stalls.... 

Avantika G
Avantika G

The Elephant's Head on a Saturday night with crowds so loud the bartender can't hear your order - they read your lipsync. Lamb shish at First Choice and all the food stalls at Camden Lock Market.

Anne S
Anne S

My favourite thing in Camden is bar Fairly Square! Hidden down Red Lion Street in Holborn they sell amazing cocktails and chilled music every night!

Jonathan D
Jonathan D

Feed Me Primal, the only paleo market stall in the UK. Damn tasty food and Gem, the owner, is awesome! 

Nicos N
Nicos N

MTV, as I work there! :D

Cornel
Cornel

 Sometimes it's little things that make a big impact. Besides all the parties and food places in Camden, as a film buff, I was very excited to know I used to live on the street Alfred Hitchcock filmed a scene in The Man Who Knew Too Much with James Stewart and Grace Kelly. That was on Pratt Street and better, the house behind James Stewart is where French painter and poet Rimbaud and Verlaine lived (it's on Camden Street, right at the end of Pratt Street) and the partied hard in there after the came back from the pubs at the old Camden Market and Arlington Road. 


If that's not good enough then find the best Sushi at 
Asakusa (265 Eversholt Street NW1 1BA), behind Mornington Crescent tube station. 

Alex K
Alex K

Best place in Camden ... the Roundhouse.  Seen so many amazing concerts, plays, exhibitions there over the years and then to finish off the evening there is Marine Ices across the road.  What's not to like?

Cornel
Cornel

Sometimes it's little things that make a big impact. Besides all the parties and food places in Camden, as a film buff, I was very excited to know I used to live on the street Alfred Hitchcock filmed a scene in The Man Who Knew Too Much with James Stewart and Grace Kelly. That was on Pratt Street and better, the house behind James Stewart is where French painter and poet Rimbaud and Verlaine lived (it's on Camden Street, right at the end of Pratt Street) and the partied hard in there after the came back from the pubs at the old Camden Market and Arlington Road. 

If that's not good enough then find the best Sushi at 
Asakusa (265 Eversholt Street NW1 1BA), behind Mornington Crescent tube station. 

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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