Camden Town is one of the most edgy and alternative areas in London. Although newer developments can already be found in some parts, Camden is full of old-school London vibes that bring out an authentic atmosphere which attracts people with the same personality and style. While Camden Town attracts an impressive number of 28 million tourists annually, it’s home to more than 200,000 diverse residents.
Camden Town is a place for those who feel like they might not belong in the posh and prestigious side of the London life. It’s a place that's full of personality, a place to get yourself lost in the vintage shops of the Camden Market, a place to enjoy cuisine from around the world, a place to people watch, and a place that’s easily connected with the rest of London, served by the Northern Line that can take you to Central London in a matter of minutes.
Camden Town’s well-connected to London city centre with plenty of buses as well as the Camden Town and Mornington Crescent tube stations, both of which can take you to central London in just a couple of minutes on the Northern Line.
The best place about Camden Town is that the area is pretty average when it comes to price. While you can definitely find some expensive parts of the neighborhood, there are plenty of places for people on a budget.
Monuments and Parks
Don’t forget to take a selfie with the statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden Market! Camden is also known for having one of the most beautiful parks in London, called Primrose Hill, where you can enjoy a fantastic view of some of London’s tallest buildings.
Food in Camden Town
Cereal Killer Café
Fans of cereal, rejoice - Cereal Killer Café is a must try if you’re looking for that special cereal you used to eat as a child but can’t find it anywhere. There’s a good chance you might find it in this ceral-themed cafe, located on the ground floor in Camden Stable Market.
- Address: Stables Market, Mezz 2, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH, UK
MooBoo - Bubble Tea and Bubble Waffles
Bubble waffles are on the rise, so why not combine them with other bubble-related things like the popular Bubble tea? MooBoo is a small-but colorful shop with plenty of yummy choices. They even deliver bubble tea to your home.
- Address: 84 Parkway, London NW1 7AN, UK
Chin Chin Laboratorists
London's ice cream season might last for only a few non-consecutive days, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat yourself! Chin Chin Labs’ ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen and is totally fat-free.
- Address: 49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF, UK, United Kingdom
Ma Petite Jamaica
Ma Petite Jamaica is the place to be if you’re looking for delicious Carribbean food in Camden Town. The interior of the restaurant is true to its name and the food is not only delicious, it’s also pretty affordable.
- Address: 4 Inverness St, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ, UK
If you’re a burger fan and have always wanted to try the difference between a regular burger and something gourmet, Haché is the place to be. The restaurant is known to experiment with unique flavours that will definitely awaken your taste buds.
- Address: 24 Inverness St, London NW1 7HJ, UK
Bars & Clubs in Camden Town
The Jazz Café
A restaurant, a club, and live music gigs, The Jazz Cafe is for those who love to sway to the rhythym of live sounds. The cafe also holds themed nights dedicated to some of my favourite music!
- Address: 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG, UK
Electric Ballroom is located in the heart of Camden Town and a must-go at least once! The concert venue has been around for more than 70 years and hosted some of the most legendary musicians, including Prince, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
- Address: 184 Camden High St, London NW1 8QP, UK
If you’re a fan of craft beer, BrewDog will give you all kinds of butterflies in your stomach. It all started off with two employees and one dog back in 2007 and turned into 750 employees and one dog by 2016!
- Address: 113 Bayham St, London NW1 0AG, UK
Fifty Five Bar
If you’re into cocktails, the Fifty Five Bar is a must-try. Boasting a large selection, you’re bound to find a cocktail that fits every mood. Pro tip: go during happy hour deals - you won’t regret it.
- Address: 31 Jamestown Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7DB, UK
Who would’ve thought that a horse hospital could become one of Camden Town’s greatest clubs? Proud Camden features live music in the afternoon and turns into a club after dark. Perfect for student nights - make sure you check out their amazing roof garden.
- Address: Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH, UK
Shopping & Markets in Camden Town
Although Camden Town features plenty of shops, the one worthy of a mention and the one everyone wants to see is Camden Market. It all started with 16 stalls and soon developed into a community of traders. From food to antiques, you can truly find everything you’re looking for in Camden Town. The area comes with plenty of history that’s definitely worthy of a visit!
What you can find in Camden Town:
- Vintage shops
- Essential oils
- Food stalls
- Fairy lights
- Knick knacks
Special mention goes to Cyberdog clothing, a fun shop featuring futuristic clothing, perfect for rave parties. If you're looking for awesome glow-in-the-dark clothes and upbeat music, this is the place to be. Fun fact: This is where Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen found their funky clothing in Winning London!
Address: 842 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH, UK
Tattoo and Piercing in Camden Town
While you’re browsing through Camden’s stalls, you might find yourself having an urge to get a tattoo or a piercing. I can personally vouch for these three as the best tattoo and piercing places in Camden!
One of my favorites - the staff is super friendly and I always go to the same guy when I decide on a new tattoo. Perfect for piercings as well as tattoos.
- Address: 188 Camden High St, London NW1 8QP, UK
I got all my piercings done at Cold Steel and I’ll always come back - they’re extremely professional and put up with absolutely zero nonsense.
- Address: 238 Camden High St, London NW1 8QS, UK
Another staple when it comes to piercing and tattoo services. It’s Camden’s first tattoo shop and the one that’s been open the longest!
- Address: 232 Camden High St, London NW1 8QS, UK
Camden Town Tips
Camden Town is always busy, but if you want to avoid the crowd, we recommend checking it out during the weekday mornings.
And that's it for our guide on things to do in Camden Town. Did we forget to mention your favorite place? Let us know in the comments!
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