Camden Town may no longer be the focus for London’s youth culture, but the best hotels in Camden will let you explore an area whose legendary rock music heritage lives on in a raft of live music pubs, such as Amy Winehouse’s former haunt The Hawley Arms, as well as in famous large venues such as Koko, the Jazz Café, Underworld and the Roundhouse. And the neighbourhood still has plenty of atmosphere (for now at least: the current redevelopment of Camden Lock Market might see that change), with bass thumping from market stall speakers, the scent of street food permeating the air, and the goths, punks and tourists still there if you look carefully. It’s also home to some excellent restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany, above which is a chic boutique hotel - and one of our picks of the best hotels in Camden.
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The best hotels in Camden
This small budget option is situated at the Chalk Farm end of Camden, opposite the celebrated Roundhouse – so it’s a good bet if you’re seeing a gig or performance there. The 33 en suite rooms are basically furnished, with cream walls, plain white bed linen and flat screen TVs; bathrooms have complimentary toiletries. You won’t find much in the way of design inspiration here, but if you’re after a simple and clean budget room in Camden with free wifi and a café (the Coffee Lounge) serving breakfast, this is worth considering.
This Camden Town hostel, above the grungy Belushi’s bar on Camden High Street, is known for its friendly staff and young party vibe. It’s not a chic option – with bunk-style beds, scuffed wooden floors and basic shared bathrooms – but it offers up the standard backpacker-hostel facilities (free wifi, lockers and complimentary breakfast) from a conveniently located space. If you’re in town to enjoy Camden’s renowned nightlife then this might just be your place.
Situated above Gordon Ramsay’s eponymous restaurant, this John Nash-designed townhouse is a great place to get several slices of classic London life at once: Regent’s Park and London Zoo are within spitting distance, while the music pubs and canal paths of Camden Town beckon. The nine individually-designed, cosy rooms are decked out in classic British style, with period antiques, luxurious fabrics and rich hues. As well as the standard mod cons of an upmarket hotel, rooms also feature ghd hair straighteners.
Camden Town is a stone’s throw from London Zoo, in Regent’s Park. And if you want to swap the wildlife of Camden for some actual wildlife for a night, then consider a stay at the zoo’s Gir Lion Lodge. Open since 2016, the ‘Lodge’ consists of nine colourful wooden huts with verandas and double or twin beds, housed in a recreation of a classic Indian village – complete with crumbling temple and sloping forest surrounds – next to the lion enclosure. As well as breakfast, a two-course meal and two days entry to the zoo, guests are treated to special nighttime and dawn zookeeper tours.
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