Located just north of the city, Camden is a borough of contradictions. With markets and the Camden Lock filled with small crafts and other knick-knacks made by hippies and club kids, a bit farther into the NW postcode resides some of London’s most beautiful Georgian homes and a large residential community filled with families.
The area is always bustling with tourists and locals alike, all wanting to visit the many markets. The Stables are old industrial buildings that have been converted to sell vintage clothing and antiques. Another interesting market is the Camden Lock village near Chalk Farm, an area filled with independent boutiques alongside small restaurants.
The area is popular among families and the younger creative crowd, given the six markets that serve the borough, but also because of the proximity to green spaces. The borough is well served with parks and open areas, from Regent’s Park to Primrose Hill, and it extends all the way to the Hampstead Road Lock alongside the Regent’s Canal.
The nightlife in Camden is diverse and unique. There are old blues bars and some eclectic pubs that still show signs of the area’s alternative past. Wandering the streets in the evenings and during the weekends, you see a somewhat unconventional side to London. Perhaps not everybody’s cup of tea, but Camden has managed to avoid overt gentrification and retain its rough-around-the-edges charm.