Beautifully alternative, Camden Town.
Arriving in Camden Town, with it's colourful streets and main attraction, the Camden Market, always brings an instant smile to my face. Stepping out of the underground station that first time, or jumping out of my taxi is always heartwarming.
The bustle, colour and the incredible aura is what attracts me the most; what I like to call Brunswick, Melbourne x 1000, Camden Town is an uplifting place where it is a great experience just to walk down the road.
My days in Camden are spent shopping on the high street plus wandering through the markets or searching for street art, and my nights spent rather inebriated, catching up with friends at the Hawley Arms, Good Mixer; the Monarch or Belushi's.
Every second I spend in Camden Town is treasured and I cannot wait to go back. Upon returning the redevelopment of the Camden Lock Village will be underway, or possibly completed, and it will be very interesting to see the change it creates to the area.
CAMDEN HIGH STREET
The beautifully eclectic, colourful, quirky, and cool Camden High Street attracts enormous crowds of Londoners and tourists alike. On any day of the week here you will find yourself immersed in large crowds of people shopping and navigating the high street. Walking up Camden High Street from the either Mornington Crescent or Chalk Farm underground stations on the weekend is almost kaleidoscopic, one second you're walking by rather drab, grey and brown brick building's, plus have plenty of personal space, and the next second, cross the Camden High Street and Kentish Town Road junction (or the rail bridge if coming from the Chalk Farm direction) and bam, crazy colour injection come at you and personal space begone. If you're someone who hates large crowds possibly save this one for a Monday or Tuesday, although, it can become very busy any day of the week.
THE CAMDEN MARKET
Established in 1974 the Camden Lock Market was the first of 5 markets to open and become what is collectively known as the Camden Market, the UK's largest street market and one of London's top tourist destinations, which attracts more than 100,000 people every weekend.
READ MORE: Camden Market.
THE HAWLEY ARMS
CAMDEN SQUARE &
AMY WINEHOUSE'S FORMER HOME
Located approximately 15 minutes walk from Camden High Street (10 minutes walk from Camden Road Overground Station), you will find Camden Square and the location of Amy Winehouse's former home. The house at number 30 (and the trees across the road) have become an unofficial shrine since the singer's untimely death on the 23rd of July 2011, serving as a place many of her fans flock to leave flowers and notes of respect. Being a gargantuan fan of Amy Winehouse and her music, visiting number 30 Camden Square was a must for me during my first visit to London back in August 2012.
CAMDEN STREET ART
One of the top places in London to view amazing street art along with the Leake Street Tunnel, Shoreditch and Brick Lane, is the colourful Camden Town. Nestled along the side streets off Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road you can find artwork from many well renowned, international and local artists such as Otto Schade, Onesto, Pegasus and Gnasher.
READ MORE: Camden Town Street Art.
CAMDEN TOWN MAP