Camden Town Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Camden Town, North West London

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Living in Camden Town

Camden Town is known for its vibrant, artistic, and youthful air, as well as its many markets. It also lies on Regent’s Canal, and near Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill. Camden has great shopping, food and drink, and cultural/entertainment draws, and is a diverse and lively central London area. 

Ratings

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Community

Although not an especially tight-knit community, like some of the leafy suburbs offer, this area certainly attracts a few distinct types of people, from law and media professionals to literati and bo-bo (‘bourgeois-bohemian’) types. There are opportunities for business owners in Camden to connect with each other. There is also an active and proud gay community in Camden.

Safety

Although a pricey central location bordered by downright posh areas like Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath, Camden Town has a reputation for loud partiers. There are also concerns about drug crime, particularly around the canal and the tube stations late at night.

Parking

Parking (and driving) in Camden is difficult, but with such excellent transport links, there is little need to have a car. Resident parking costs depend on your vehicle’s emissions and allow you to park within your zone. Fewer people here own a car than in London overall. 

Nightlife

Camden Town is a bustling area with a large population of young and arty types, and there is an eclectic range of late-night entertainment available. Numerous nightclubs, bars, pubs, and live music venues surround the area near Camden Lock. Many late-night takeaways serve customers who stayed out late, and late-night transport links are good. 

Family Friendly

Camden Town is not for those looking to make a quiet, relaxed family home. Families would be better suited by neighbouring Hampstead Heath and Primrose Hill, where prices are higher, but there is more quiet and security. There are fewer children in this area than in London overall. 

Pet Friendly

Although a busy (and crowded) area, you are not far from vast green space in Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Hampstead Heath to the north. However, property prices in this area might mean you need to look for a flatshare, which can make it more difficult to find a place that allows pets.

Transport

Camden is located in Zones 1 and 2 and is served by both branches of the Northern Line. Stations include Mornington Crescent, Chalk Farm, Kentish Town, and Camden Town. It is within walking distance to Regents Park Station (Bakerloo Line), Edgware Road (Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith & City Line), Euston Square (Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan line, National Rail) and Euston Station (Overground, Northern Line, Victoria Line, and National Rail). You can also walk to King’s Cross St Pancras. Camden Road station offers access to the Overground. You are within walking distance of oases like Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, offering respite from the bustle of the well-connected central area that is Camden Town.