London NW1. Camden. London Property Area Guide.
“Camden is a state of mind”
Curious of Mind
Londoners, tourists and those curious of mind are all attracted to Camden and find their niche in it’s wondrous streets; whether it’s goth nightclubs, rummaging through the carnage that is Camden’s famous market or whiling away a summer afternoon at a charming eaterie, Camden caters for all.
At first thought, I’m sure the very word, Camden, conjures up images of a chaotic market, hordes of leather clad European teenagers with multiple piercings, stinking burger vans and the smell of ‘herbal’ cigarettes! Yes, it’s true, that is Camden Town – but it also has another side – a more genteel side.
Parkway, a fairly busy road that leads from Camden tube station to Regents Park is one of the more refined roads, dotted with nice restaurants, pubs, a cinema and other smaller shops. Even Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, The York and Albany is located at the top end of Parkway and lends an altogether different air from that of Camden lock!
Camden High Street is a bustling epicentre, numerous supermarkets, fast food outlets, stalls, and all types of shops are located here. Residential Camden descends in every direction from this point.
To the West are the particularly desirable roads, Albert Street, Gloucester Crescent and Alrlington Road. The east and south side of the High Street is where more social housing and ex-local authority properties can be found. Much of Camden merges into the surrounding areas, e.g. Gloucester Avenue is partly Camden but more often classed as Primrose Hill, just north of Camden Market is Chalk Farm but often confused as an extension of Camden Town and the area to the south is a cross over between Camden and Somers Town.
Other than the area to the West of the High Street and the elegant Victorian houses situated in and around Camden Square, there are not many houses and the principle mode of housing in Camden is blocks of flats or conversions and properties above shops.
Camden is located conveniently, just a short bus hop away from the West-End and is the gateway to North London. It is extremely well served for public transport and is within easy walking distance of Kings Cross and Euston Stations.
Secondary Schools within the area are good and there are good facilities for children and teenagers. Regents Park is up the road and Hampstead Heath a short ride away.
There is quite an eclectic mix of Camden residents. Many families live here and have done so for generations – originally Camden had a large Irish community but this is starting to dissolve. Many Camden residents are renting rather than home owners and it’s quite popular with younger people wanting their first rung on the renting ladder, often enticed by the laid back atmosphere, lower rental rates, nightlife and music scene the area has to offer.
There is a large amount of social housing, particularly the southerly quarter (heading towards Euston and on Hampstead Road) and also around Agar Grove and Royal College Street.
Every guise of human, heads to Camden Town on a Friday and Saturday night. The streets are teeming with bars, pubs and restaurants and there is a watering hole to cater for every genre. Whether it’s a goth nightclub, 1950’s themed pub, swanky cocktail lounge, jazz club or old fashioned boozer, Camden’s got it all.
This much variety has its down side – the area around the station can be grimy, grotty and has a higher crime rate than the rest of the borough. However, many people see this as part of Camden’s authenticity!
Soulfuly seductive Jazz: At the Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG
Get the velvet rope treatment at: Gilgamesh, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
Dance, drink and party to views of the lock at: The Lockside Lounge, 75-89 West Yard, Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
Best burger in Camden: Hache, 24 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ
Party all night at “shake” at the Electric Ballroom (Saturday night): 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP
– Good central Location
– Good transport links
– Good secondary schools
– Vibrant music scene
– Lively social scene and nightlife catering for all tastes
– Regents Park a stones throw away
– Cinema on Parkway
– Good choice of local shops
– Mix of social and ethnic groups
– Camden Market and Stables Market
– Roundhouse arts venue
– Can be a little grotty in places, particularly around the station and markets.
– Extremely busy on weekends – both locals and many tourists
– Lack of affordable, but highly desirable properties
As mentioned, there is no distinct boundary as the area merges into other areas such as, Primrose Hill, Kentish Town, Somers Town, Regent Park and Chalk Farm which are all part of the greater Camden area but generally speaking:
North – Hawley Road
South – Mornington Crescent
West – Park Village East
East -York Way
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Christ Church School, Redhill Street, NW1 4BD
Edith Neville Primary School, 174 Ossulston Street, NW1 1DN
Holy Trinity and Saint Silas CofE Primary School, Hartland Road, NW1 8DE
Netley Primary School, 30 William road, NW1 3EN
Our Lady RC Primary School, Pratt Street, NW1 0DP
Richard Cobden Primary School, Camden Street, NW1 0LL
St Aloysius RC Primary School, Aldenham Street, NW1 1PS
St Mary and St Pancras CofE Primary School, Polygon Road, NW1 1SR
St Michael’s Cof E Primary School, 88 Camden Street, NW1 0JA
Maria Fidelis RC Convent School (Girls School), 34 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA
North Bridge House Senior School (Independent School), 1 Goucester Avenue, NW1 7AB
South Camden Community School, Charrington Street, NW1 1RG
The Camden School for Girls, Sandall Road, NW5 2DB
Tubes & Trains
Camden Town and Mornington Crescent: Northern Line
Camden Road Overground rail station: with Services to Richmond and Stratford
24: Hampstead Heath to Pimlico
27: Chalk Farm to Turnham Green
29: Trafalgar Square to Wood Green
31 to White City
46: Farringdon Street to Lancaster Gate
88: Camden Town to Clapham Common
134: North Finchley to Tottenham Court Road
168: Hampstead Heath to Old Kent Road
214: Highgate Village to Liverpool Street
253: Euston to Hackney Central
274: Islington to Lancaster Gate
C2: Parliament Hill Fields to Victoria
N5: Edgware to Trafalgar Square
N20: Barnet to Trafalgar Square
N28 to Wandsworth
N29: Enfield to Trafalgar Square
N31: to Clapham Junction
N253: Aldgate to Tottenham Court Road
N279: Trafalgar Square to Waltham Cross