Camden is one of London’s most popular alternative tourist destinations thanks to its fantastic street markets, vibrant food scene and esteemed musical heritage. It can be daunting finding somewhere to stay, so here are the five best hotels in Camden to help you decide where to base yourself.
Situated on the north-eastern edge of London’s beautiful Regent’s Park, the York & Albany Hotel is just over a five-minute walk from Camden Town station. It sits atop the York & Albany gastropub, owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, where guests can enjoy tasty pub grub accompanied by a glass of fine wine or washed down with a hearty pint. Be sure to check out the animals at ZSL London Zoo, which is just 15 minutes’ walk away.
Somewhere between a hotel, hostel and B&B, Camden BnB offers guests the chance to choose between ensuite rooms and those with shared bathrooms. It’s slightly removed from the often overwhelming bustle of Camden, with the market roughly 10 minutes’ walk away, but it’s less than a five minutes’ walk from Kentish Town West overground station. A complimentary breakfast is offered and, unlike most hostels and B&Bs, there is even a pool available for guests to splash about in after a busy day wandering around the markets.
While hotels can offer a lot, they are not always the best option for everyone. That’s where Camden Central Apartment comes in, offering guests the chance to stay in a stylish apartment right in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. This place is less than a two-minute walk from the world-famous market and just around the corner from Camden Town station, so it’s well-placed for exploring the rest of the capital, too.
Young adult travellers will feel right at home at St Christopher’s Inn Camden, one of a number of hostels operated by this group across London and Europe. The international hostel can be found above the Belushi’s on Camden High Street, a lively sports bar that sits equidistant from Camden Town and Mornington Crescent underground stations.
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Perhaps the kind of stay that friends and family will be dying to hear about? Look no further than the Gir Lion Lodge at London Zoo. It’s roughly a 15-minute walk from Camden Town station, but we’d be lion (sorry) if we said the experience didn’t more than compensate for that. It includes after-hours tours of the zoo, two-day zoo access, a two-course dinner, full English breakfast, parking at the zoo and more. Unsurprisingly, this place is extremely popular, so be sure to book far in advance.