Lock Tavern

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Lock Tavern

This Chalk Farm Road DJ bar, music venue, kitchen and poshed-up boozer is something of a Camden institution. It's certainly still pretty popular, too, given the size of the crowds continuing to squeeze themselves into the main bar, large garden, buzzy upstairs space and impressive roof terrace overlooking Proud Galleries and Camden Market. 

It's mostly about the music, with DJ nights and live sets attracting plenty of credible acts. There's a slant toward indie and dance, but don't be surprised to catch some boogie, funk, folk, soul and hip hop, too. 

A short food menu leans on classic pub grub, with burgers, Sunday roasts, fish and chips and cheese toasties providing the stomach-liners. Beers are continental big-hitters such as Amstel, Moretti, Leffe and Modello.  


Venue name: Lock Tavern
Address: 35 Chalk Farm Road
Transport: Tube: Camden Town/Chalk Farm
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  • Rock and indie Thursday March 22 2018
  • Rock and indie Friday March 23 2018 - Saturday April 28 2018
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  • House, disco and techno Saturday March 24 2018 - Sunday April 29 2018
  • Rock and indie Sunday March 25 2018
  • Rock and indie Thursday March 29 2018 - Monday April 2 2018
  • Pop Wednesday April 4 2018
  • House, disco and techno Friday April 6 2018 - Saturday April 7 2018
  • Funk and soul Saturday April 7 2018 - Sunday April 8 2018
  • Punk and metal Friday April 13 2018 - Saturday April 14 2018
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Fantastic place with a relaxed and welcoming vibe, wicked selection of beers and a really beautiful roof terrace covered in fairy lights! Definitely a favourite :)


A perfect little pub in the heart of Camden. Food and drink is relatively reasonable, (though I was a little disappointed by the toasted cheese sandwich I had in there on my last visit!) and then best thing about it is the upstairs, outside terrace! Perfect for catching a little after work sun in the summer and large enough to leave you with space to sit and chill.

One word of advice: don't attempt to see a gig here. The space is tiny and you can't really enjoy the music, you pretty much just stand, trying to hold your ground and not being squished!


I don't know about this one.

I visited the Lock Tavern for the first time yesterday, for a gig I was really rather excited about - but was left quite disappointed (although not by the band). The pub barely has enough tables to host a bigger crowd; ten, perhaps twenty people can comfortably take a seat, but everyone else is doomed to stand. Badly lit, which could be attributed to mood, but the food counter's electric light buzz kills any mood you may have built up in hopes of a good night.

The beer is pricey, with a small bottle of Longboard costing £5 (it's less in M&S, come on!), although a good selection is available. Food is also higher priced than my preference, but in all fairness, the loaded pulled pork nachos hit the spot.

The gig space is the big problem here though.

Not noticing the band had started playing, we were about five minutes late to the upstairs room - by which time we were virtually unable to enter the space. Not only are the narrow stairs and tiny room an incredible fire hazard (*points shaky finger at foolish youngsters who understand nothing*), it also completely defies the point of having a gig space. By the end of the show, we managed to squeeze nearer to the stage, but the squishing and pushing and constant shoving by people around you make it hard to enjoy the music.

I don't think I'll be returning.

My favourite bar in Camden. Spacious interior, friendly, good selection of beers and decent menu (the pie and mash is sublime). Perfect meet up place for al fresco drinking as the beer garden downstairs is massive, and there is another outside area upstairs. Great place to dance and hook-up on a weekend. All-round good vibes. Love it!!


Solid roast cauli, feta and squash salad and excellent chill vibe earlier in the night allow for four stars. I'm dinking a star bc it seems no one has an idea what the hell is going on DJ wise. With no sign of an advertised DJ playing 20 minutes after he/she was supposed to (this past Friday night), I asked the bar staff what was going on. I got a nebulous answer that a DJ should go one "at some point." Um yeahhhh no, I got things to do and places to be.

The salad portion is quite generous, with the feta, cauli and squash tossed well. I only managed to finish half as it was quite filling. I had the rest put in a takeaway box. For 7 pounds only this was a great value.


A large and very pleasant roof terrace for the summer months, as well as an outdoor beer garden out the back and a prime location right next to camden's lock market. This is definitely one of the best pubs in the area for a summertime drink. I can't vouch for the food, but would definitely recommend for a cheeky tipple.

Came to see a gig in the upstairs room and it was brilliant. A really small intimate venue with good sound and atmospheric lighting making a great setting for a little week night gig.  A good selection of beers and a massive  garden which is decked out with fairy lights making it look super pretty. I imagine being so close to Camden it gets busy on the weekends, but was definitely a nice chilled vibe on a weeknight.


Definitely one of the nicer and more welcoming pubs in Camden. It has a good amount of space but fills up quickly. The garden and the roof terrace are always packed on a warm day but if you can get a seat, it's a nice place to while away the time. Food is average, drinks aren't cheap but are comparable for the area and the music can be hit and miss (again, like similar venues). The atmosphere is a little hip and a little young but, even if that's not your thing, it's a good place to go.  


Perk number 1 of the Lock Tavern: it's 15 minutes walk away from my house, right in the heart of Camden.

Perk number 2: the entrance is free and it's open much later than most pubs in London.

Perk number 3: the beer garden and terrace are decorated with fairy lights which never fail to bring joy to my little heart.

Perk number 3: they have free gigs over the weekend and possibly sometimes during the week.

Perk number 4: well, they serve drinks and that's a good enough reason, right?

Little recommandation: perfect for a first, rock'n'roll date.


Having staff that know their products is something I really appreciate in a bar, especially one that has sick live music and a massive beer garden. I always bring folks from home here and they love it! Inviting, friendly and a great selection of beer!

Visited Camden this weekend and was told to check out the Lock Tavern, which is opposite the Camden market stables me and few friends headed down there on Friday night, the pub was relatively busy, that picked up throughout the night there was a great energy about the place and really welcoming, nice bar and door staff the pub it self offers a lot of accommodation for space and peoples different needs. unexpected that the pub had a second landing there is a really nice roof Terrance that looks onto the lock so you get so see and feel the buzz that's going on around Camden, my personal favourite is the funky mid floor landing with some kind of hut bar this room which leads to the roof Terrance has a really great sound system, the bar staff where really smiley and full of character, we all really enjoyed ourselves, anyone visiting Camden check out this pub.x

I'm a local and love the vibe of this place and contrary to ol' Jacques below, quite enjoy the female staff (as well as the gentlemen.. hello boys) as they are attentive and an easy to chat to bunch. Seems there's a new sheriff in town who's turned this place around! They also have a totally fabulous beer garden, perfect to catch the last of the summer sun in the evenings with some Pimms & a cigarette. Easy peasy!

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The female staff in this pub are a joke. If they're not sulking or pouting on a quiet evening trying to insist you pay for gassy froth they just pulled from the bottom of a barrel, they're messing around, dropping glasses and spilling pints as punters await patiently for their drinks at a packed bar. Either way, serving you is a major inconvenience to them. This pub is not alone in this regard, but the standard of service is one of the worst I've encountered in London.