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This north London borough has so many faces: tranquil canals with weeping willows, genteel Regent’s Park, storied, tavern-filled Bloomsbury, punky Camden Town. Here, you’re close and connected to London’s centre but embraced by more relaxed, residential neighbourhoods. Scoot back on the Tube after a day of exploring, and unwind at one of these B&Bs in Camden.
This sunny little B&B is close to north London viewpoint Primrose Hill and the genteel neighbourhood of the same name. Snug, functional rooms with the odd bit of dated decor mean it’s more of a pragmatic crashpad than a sink-into home from home, but the family-run service and approachable staff take it to the next level. A continental breakfast is included, or splash out on a delicious full English.
Another Bloomsbury townhouse with affordable rooms, the 100-year-old Penn Club is a member’s establishment and guesthouse with Quaker connections (check out the literature in its red-carpeted living room). The handy location is the main draw – rooms are slightly old-fashioned, in a mismatched-furniture, school-carpet sort of way – but there’s a homey feel to its thick bedspreads, quiet rooms and heaving bookcases.