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You know you live in Camden when...

Written by
Katy Horwood

Camden is one of the most famous cultural melting pots of the capital. Anyone is welcome, you can eat like a king for a fiver and bump into the latest super band in the local pub. Here are six more things you'll know if you live in Camden.

You can't move anywhere.

With Camden Market being the fourth most visited tourist attraction in the country, there’s certainly no shortage of bodies. The negative of that is a frustrating elbow fight to walk down your own high street everyday, but...

...You have an escape route (also known as the canal).

It runs straight through the heart of the market sandwiching it between the painfully trendy Primrose Hill with the uber cool Kings Cross and is an awesome place to while away an hour or so, watching the barges go by.

You occasionally smell of incense (and chicken chow mein). 

No matter how hard Camden tries to smarten up its act, there will always be an endearing shabbiness about the area. It's messy, chaotic and you will find food stalls next to fashion retailers, tainting that Friday night outfit.

You forget what silence sounds like.

Whether it’s sweaty mosh pits at local dives or the VIP area at the Roundhouse, Camden's music scene reigns supreme. You can even expect chart-worthy singers busking outside the tube station.

You're in a pub every day. 

And these are real, proper, bloody cool pubs, too. There's The Dublin Castle, The Hawley Arms, Barfly and The Good Mixer – and they have their fair share of rock 'n’ roll stories.

You wouldn't change it for the world. 

Bob Marley posters, Nirvana T-shirts, Dr Marten boots, queues outside the Electric Ballroom and punks chilling out on the bridge – Camden, don’t ever change.

Find out more in our Camden area guide.

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