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Top Things to Do And See in Camden

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Updated: 5 May 2017

Camden is one of London’s most iconic and distinctive areas. A huge player in the rock, punk and Britpop scenes of London’s last 40 years, this historic neighbourhood is known for being the stomping ground of many musicians, artists and writers. It’s not all about music, though: whether you’re looking for shopping, eating, or a great night out, Camden has it.

Check out our video above for some of our top picks!

Yumchaa

Revel in all things tea at two of Yumchaa‘s locations in Camden. In either spot you’ll find mismatched furniture, lashings of cake and more teas than you can shake a teapot at. Forget about your tasteless English Breakfast and embrace the beauty of Yumchaa tea.

Yumcha, 35-37 Parkway, Camden, London 

Chin Chin Labs

Rev up your ice cream experience with Chin Chin Labs. Situated on Camden Lock, here you’ll find ‘nitro ice cream’ with a flavours that run from Pina Colada to Sticky Toffee Pudding. Delicious.

Chin Chin Labs, 49-50 Camden Lock Place, Camden 07885 604284

Camden Market

Camden Market has been one of the main draws of Camden for decades. Sprawled under arches and down cobbled alleyways, the market attracts those looking for alternative fashion, accessories, music and merchandise. There are over 1,000 shops, cafes and bars here – good luck getting round them all.

Camden Market, Camden High St, London

Camden Lock | Photo by George Rex

Kerb Market

The street food outpost of the Kerb empire in Camden can be found at Camden Market, every day from 11am to 6pm (7pm on weekends). 34 street food traders are on hand to rustle up everything from healthy curries to smoked honey butter chicken.

Camden Market, Camden High St, London

London Zoo

It’s not all alternative fashion and innovative street food in Camden. It’s also the home of the oldest zoo in the world, London Zoo. This year, the zoo is launching a collection of overnight lodges, as well as adults-only after hours events aptly titled ‘Zoo Nights’.

London Zoo, Camden, London 020 7449 6200

Meerkat – London Zoo | © Paul Hudson/Flickr

Cyberdog

A mainstay of the alternative fashion scene, Cyberdog has kitted out ravers for decades. It’s a neon lit palace of futuristic fashion – think plenty of plastic and PVC. Far from your average Sunday afternoon shopping experience, Cyberdog pumps out loud electronic music and even hires go-go dancers.

Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London 020 7482 2842

Jazz Cafe

Jazz Cafe is one of Camden’s most stylish music venues, hosting live music and tribute nights with a focus on showcasing diverse acts from around the world. There’s also a restaurant mezzanine and a superb cocktail menu.

5 Parkway, Camden Town, London 020 7485 6834

Take a canal boat trip

In the summer you can pick up a waterbus at Camden Lock and take it all the way to Little Venice. You’ll cruise past famous people’s houses and right through the middle of London Zoo.

 

Regent’s Canal | © Garry Knight/WikiCommons

Go to a gig

You simply can’t be in the area without enjoying some live music. For huge headline acts, head to Koko or the Roundhouse, or check out up-and-coming bands in one of Camden’s many pubs. We recommend Dublin Castle and the Lock Tavern.

Find a good pub garden

Make the most of Camden‘s ‘anything goes’ vibe and settle in for a good afternoon drink in one of the area’s many quirky beer gardens. Try the Lock Tavern or the Hawley Arms for compact but cool spaces, or Proud Camden’s Secret Garden.

Learn a new skill

Pop by Camden Arts Centre to pick up classes in arts and crafts, and take in exhibitions, workshops and talks that centre around contemporary art and its role in the community.