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Camden Town, London

Camden Town is a neighbourhood in the Borough of Camden situated in northwest London. In the early part of the 19th century, Camden Town was a major location as a transport centre for the railways and canals. It was also a working class neighbourhood occupied bypublic housing and unassuming low-rise brick buildings. 

Camden Town has a history of alternative cultures that include the hippies in the 1960s and punk movement in the 1970s. Much has changed since gentrification crept into Camden Town but remains a working class neighbourhood with a strong sense of community. It has also become another lively and colourful part of London not to be missed by any visitor . Camden Town is always welcoming, attracting both Londoners and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the lively nightlife.

Camden Town by Silanov

Camden Market

Camden Town’s main attraction is shopping! The shopping scene here is the markets collectively known as Camden Market situated between Camden Town (Underground) and Chalk Farm (Underground) Stations. The markets comprises of small shops and stalls that include the Lock Market, Stables Market, Camden Lock Village, Inverness Street Market and Buck Street Market. However, the markets are so close together that you would not know one from the other. The area is a bargain hunter’s paradise offering plenty including clothes, accessories, books, artwork, vintage items and a host of knick-knacks.

Camden Market by TomasEE

Food Scene

Camden Town has one of the most varied food scenes in London. The stalls here offer a wide sampling of tasty snacks and meals from the humble donut to foods from around the world including Chinese, Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern and many more. The quality varies but the foods are generally good and definitely cheap. The food stalls appear just about everywhere in Camden Town but concentrated around the Lock and Stables Markets. There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants offering a diversity of cuisines. Eating out at these establishments is generally inexpensive and many open after the stalls have closed.

Regent’s Canal

A visit to Camden Town would not be complete without taking a short trip along Regent's Canal. The scenic canal passes through the heart of Camden and the markets. Along Regent’s Canal, you can take an interesting walk or even cycle upstream to Regents Park and London Zoo. The walk downstream takes you to East London passing through the Islington Tunnel. If you prefer not to walk, there are narrow barge boats operating on the canal between Camden Lock and Little Venice, passing through London Zoo and the Islington Tunnel.

Camden Lock by Adrian Pingstone

Music Scene

Camden Town has a vibrant music scene and home to some of the hottest venues with several clubs located in the area. The music scene here includes pop, jazz, blues, metal, indie and alternative music to name a few. Major venues include the Roundhouse, Dublin Castle, The Underworld, Koko, Jazz Cafe, Electric Ballroom and Barfly. Notable bands and musicians that have performed in Camden include the Doors, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Coldplay, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse.

Visiting Camden Town

Take the train on the Victoria Line and get off at Brixton (Underground) Station, which is located in the heart of Brixton and nearby Brixton Market. A short walk from Brixton Station is Brixton railway station, which serves the Chatham Main Line from London Victoria Station to Orpington and beyond to Dover. A number of London buses stop at various locations in Brixton including bus route numbers 2, 3, 35, 37, 45, 57, 59, 109, 118 and several night buses including P4, P5, N2, N3 and N35.

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