As the cradle of counterculture and the home of loads of live music, Camden is the perfect place for a lively night out in London. From bars and pubs to nightclubs and music venues, here’s a guide to nightlife in Camden.
The London home of soul, jazz and disco, the Jazz Café is one of Camden’s most iconic venues. It has previously welcomed the likes of Amy Winehouse and Bobby Womack, and continues to host local and international stars in an intimate setting. With live music seven nights a week, there’s never a bad time to go; if you’re looking to dance the night away, a soul-themed club night takes over at the weekends.
Injecting some opulence into rough-and-ready Camden, King’s Club at South African restaurant Shaka Zulu is a huge nightclub situated above Stables Market. Saturday nights see circus performers, from contortionists to fire breathers, entertaining the club’s stylish crowd.
Taking over from Camden’s Proud, Fest is a club and restaurant housed in a 200-year-old former horse hospital in Stables Market. Visit for the cabaret club, the cinema and the heated rooftop.
Fifty Five Bar, with 200 different cocktails on offer, stakes a convincing claim for Camden’s cocktail crown. This is the perfect spot for happy hour (did someone say two-for-one cocktails?) or to kick off a big night out. Beware: it gets loud.
Lockside is a bar and terrace overlooking Camden’s famous lock, and at weekends it’s the place to be if you’re after hip-hop and R&B. There’s also a weekly karaoke night, a full bar and a menu of delicious American and Mexican dishes, perfect if you’re after unfussy food and an unpretentious night out.