Where to stay in London: Camden Town

Camden Lock markets

 

Whether you’re coming to London for the first time, or you’re a seasoned visitor – choosing an area to stay in can be tough.

Each pocket of London is so unique, it’s almost like twenty cities in one. What do you pick: the high-end shopping and dining of the West; the grungy and completely cool coffee culture of the East – or something a bit different?

Camden Town, in North London, has a little of everything.

Attractions

One of the best things about staying in Camden Town is the proximity to two of London’s best ever parks – Regents Park (10 minute walk) and Hampstead Heath (short bus ride). The British Museum is only a half-hour walk if you fancy it, or a very quick bus/tube journey.

Staying in Camden puts you right next to London Zoo – a favourite for families visiting the capital, and in the summer check out their Sunset Safaris for a fun after-hours party of great food, scintillating science and, of course, amazing animals.

And here’s a bonus: if you’re using London as a base for further Europe travel – you’re only a short walk from Kings Cross St Pancras station, where you can jump on a train and be in Paris in under 2 hours.

Nightlife

Camden is buzzing with great live music venues, bars, restaurants and more. The Roundhouse is an incredible live music/arts venue, Dingwalls often has excellent comedy, or try The Jazz Café if blues, roots and jazz is more your thing.

Have dinner at the ‘Babylonian-style palace’ Gilgamesh, get fancy at Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany, or be oh-so-English and grab fish and chips at Poppies.

Shopping

Of course, you can’t go past the famous Camden Market. Even if you don’t buy anything, a day spent wandering through the incredible sights and smells of the market will be one of your most vivid London memories. If you’re a fan of vintage shopping, this is where you’ll find it too – clothes, records, homewares, the lot.

Neighbourhood Vibe

Camden Town has an exciting, distinctive ambience. The people-watching you can do here is delightful – you’ll see a mix of punks, goths, tourists and hipsters pottering about the place. Take a turn off the main street though and you’ll find yourself in quiet, residential North London – with white-washed Georgian facades, tree-lined streets, window boxes – it’s surprisingly quaint.

Staying in Camden Town will imbue your trip with a lively North London personality, keep you well away from tourist traps and still give you excellent proximity and connections to everywhere you want to go during your stay.

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