Camden is an area of London well known for its raucous live music scene, amazing venues and long spanning history. What’s more, it’s short distance from central London makes it a perfect area to explore, whether going for the day or the night. With the summer on the horizon, Camden is a definite contender for the travelling tourists favourite part of the city. With tasty restaurants, shopping extravaganza’s and some of the best bars in the city, you’ll find it hard not miss your flight home or your check in at the Shaftesbury Hotel Collection. Below are some of our tips for spending a day (or more) in Camden.
Check out the Street Market
Camden Market is one of the most popular parts of the area. Perhaps it’s the delightful street food, ranging from Chinese buffets to speciality cuisines, or the diverse range of vintage street stalls, but Camden Market has retained a bursting at the seams popularity since its inception back in the 70’s. Whether you’re looking for a great range of vintage jackets, smoking paraphernalia or antique trinkets from around the world, Camden Market has it all and a buzzing atmosphere which will keep you shopping at great value prices.
Next month the Camden Fringe comes to town. For off West-End prices and quality entertainment, you can’t get any better than the Camden Fringe. Over several Camden venues, you’ll be able to find a range of theatre, spoken word, comedy and cabaret performances catering to any tastes. From the 30th July till the 26th of August, the Camden Fringe is the perfect escape for the summer months. If Edinburgh is too expensive and you’re a theatre and comedy lover visiting the capital, then the Camden Fringe is the perfect starting point.
Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill
If you’re visiting London and looking for that perfect parkland for a breath of fresh air, then the area of Regent’s Park near to Camden, most notably the iconic Primrose Hill is the perfect gander for you. With walks taking you across the park and into the city centre where you can find the executive rooms of Kensington, Regents Park is a perfect example of what London parks can offer. From the amazing lakes and the nearby Camden Zoo to take advantage of, summer wouldn’t be the same without Regent’s Park.
Camden Lock isn’t just a market. With a range of venues and bars alongside restaurants and a beautiful canal side walk to take, Camden Lock is the perfect Camden location to enjoy the scenery and see some of its true character. Whether it’s a canal side pint or a cycle along the winding paths, Camden Lock is the perfect place for a mental snapshot of the area.
KOKO and Dingwall’s – Two of London’s best music venues
Whether it’s a brash punk band or an underground folk act, you can find plenty of great music every day of the week in Camden. With KOKO and Dingwall’s leading the way for the Camden music scene, you’ve also got the diverse and electric Camden Roundhouse and the nearby Kentish Town Forum to keep you boogying all week long.