Where to stay in London: Camden Town
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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