Chalk Farm Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Chalk Farm, North West London

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Living in Chalk Farm

Chalk Farm, an area named for its station, is sandwiched between two neighbours with very disparate identities. 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. Primrose Hill, however, is a pretty neighbourhood is a family-filled, villagey corner of London. You’re also likely to spot a celebrity or two in this posh hub for media people from TV presenters to newspaper editors.

Ratings

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Community

Chalk Farm is an area caught between the posh quiet and charm of Primrose Hill and the energetic alternative vibe of Camden Town, and doesn't have a particular identity or community of its own. 

Safety

Half of this neighbourhood lies in an average crime area, while half is in a high crime area - Camden Town is a crime hotspot in an otherwise safe region. In 2014/2015, the crime rate and violence against the person rate in Haverstock ward were just slightly higher than for London overall, while both rates in Camden Town and Primrose Hill were multiples of the London rate.

Parking

This is not an especially easy area to park, though with a resident's permit, it would be manageable. Car ownership in this area is lower than in London overall. The area is central enough to make driving unneccessary. 

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

Access to good schools, huge parks, the London Zoo, and the availability of large (if expensive) homes make this an excellent place to raise a family, if you can afford to. Schools are generally good. There are generally somewhat fewer children in this area, but Primrose Hill is known to be an excellent family neighbourhood, though Camden isn't. 

Pet Friendly

Close to several major parks, this would be a good place to own a dog. 

Transport

This neighbourhood is centrally located in Zone 2 and on the Northern Line. Accessible tube stations include Camden Town, Chalk Farm, St John’s Wood, Camden Road, Swiss Cottage. Major stations nearby include Euston, King's Cross, and St. Pancras, which offer access to most Underground lines in addition to mainline rail services and trains to the airports. The area is well-served by buses.