London is famous for being an excellent place to go on holiday. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend break in a city or fancy going for a whole week, there are so many things for you to explore.
Due to the sheer size of the city, it’s impossible to be bored when you’re in London because there is something to satisfy even the most difficult of people to please in your life.
From theatre to fashion and art to music, literally everything is within your reach in the Big Smoke and one area that brings together a lot of these activities is Camden, which you’ll find in the north-west of the city.
We’ve pulled together a couple of our top tips for things to see and do in this area and we hope that you put them to good use when you’re exploring Camden Town.
Even if this isn’t at the top of your list of favourite things to do, we’re sure that you’ll feel differently when you get to Camden Town, thanks to its low-key approach to retail.
This laid-back atmosphere is cultivated by the fact that Camden has a veritable labyrinth of open-air markets that run the whole way through it. Some of the vendors have been working at the same stands for decades and know their way around this bit of London with their eyes shut. Not only this, but they’ll have a great knowledge of history and facts about Camden, so you should ask them and hear a story or two during your time here.
There are lots of shops scattered around but we recommend that you stick with the markets, if not for the bargains then for the local culture that thrives through them. For books and jewellery head to Camden Lock Market, if it’s accessories and unusual items you seek then Camden Lock Village is your best bet, but if you’re after some delicious food then Stables Market is where you’ll want to go.
Follow the music
Camden is known for being a home of live music in London, thanks to its array of famous venues that have launched the careers of many big-name acts and singers.
For bigger bands – with names you’re likely to recognise – we suggest that you pop along to Koko, which has seen people like Bastille and Banks play on its stage. The Underworld is well known among the metal, rock and punk crowd who live in London, so if you’re a fan you’ll really appreciate this venue.
If you fancy a bit of a mix, then Electric Ballroom is a good shout because it has different DJs on each of its three floors. The owners host various kinds of nights, including industrial, goth, punk, drum ‘n’ bass and techno to name just a few.
Of course, you don’t have to go to a specific night or gig to enjoy music in Camden, as many of its pubs and bars have live music every night of the week. Jazz and blues are the most common order of the day in the pubs of the area, which make for perfect music to accompany your pint or glass of wine.
For somewhere great to stay when you’re on holiday in London, look no further than the Park Grand London Kensington. This is one of The Shaftesbury hotels in London and is perfect, whether you’re staying for a few nights or a couple of weeks.
To get to Camden from the hotel, walk four minutes to Earl’s Court Station and take the Piccadilly line for 12 minutes to Leicester Square Station. From there, transfer to the Northern line and ride it for nine minutes to Camden Town Station and you’ll have arrived in under half an hour.