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March 2017 / Area Guides / by Sophie Hampton

Camden

Sandwiched bang in the middle of gentrified NW1, Camden Town is the edgy, bohemian sister of Belsize Park and Primrose Hill. From its markets to its live music, this pocket of the capital has long-secured itself as a hub of youth and vibrancy.

Architectural highlights
The buildings in Camden Town are a varied mixture of styles and periods – most of them are Victorian but there are a number of early Georgian terraces. Camden Town is also the proud owner of some unusual architectural treasures such as popular music venue, The Roundhouse, a converted Victorian railway shed and The Carreras Cigarette Factory (now Greater London House), an art deco building noted for the large black cats that guard its entrance. The Regent’s Canal runs through Camden Town.

Smartest Streets
Gloucester Crescent, Albert Street and Regent’s Park Terrace are some of the most sought after streets in Camden. The area also has some equally lovely, but less well-known areas, which smart buyers are starting to clock onto, such as Camden Square conservation area.

Who’s there
If a Londoner has sung, written or painted at any point in their lives, chances are they had a stint living in Camden Town. Past residents include Charles Dickens and Morrisey but the ones you are most likely to bump into now are Orlando Bloom and Camden favourite Alan Bennett on his much-loved bicycle.

Entertainment
The main selling point of Camden is that it will never fail to entertain you – known for its live music, popular venues include The Jazz Café, Barfly and KOKO. If it’s a pint you’re after, Camden offers a range of much-loved pubs with gardens, where you’re likely to end up celeb-spotting. During the day, The Stables Market is open for business and with 700 shops and stalls to browse, you’re bound to find something to buy, wear or eat.

Education
The Camden School for Girls is an impressive secondary school with 74 per cent of students receiving at least five GCSEs ranging from A*-C. In its most recent Ofsted report it was a described as “rightly deserv[ing] the outstanding reputation it has among parents and in the community”. Nearby Hampstead and Highgate offer a range of independent schools and in Camden Town itself, there’s Lily Allen’s all-girls primary school, The Cavendish.

Travel
There are plenty of Underground options; the area begins at Chalk Farm station and ends at Mornington Crescent station with Camden Town station located on the high street in-between.

Trivia
The Windsor, Dublin, Edinburgh and Caernarfon Castle pubs are now popular watering holes in Camden Town, but they were originally built for railway workers, to stop nationalist fights.