Camden Town

Don your nose ring and challenge the norm in this creatively-charged north London neighborhood.

Leather, studs, and combat boots are common apparel in Camden Town, an alternative oasis away from the prestige of royalty and Parliament. More often than not, Camden Town’s building facades feature politically charged commentary and saturated hues that pay homage to Pop art. You don’t have to question authority to enjoy this north London neighborhood—Camden Town’s numerous pubs, music venues, and street markets exude invitingly creative atmospheres.

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On the Map

Camden Town is within LB of Camden and bordered by Somers Town, Kings Cross, Primrose Hill, Marylebone, and Hampstead

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 25 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 30 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 70 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 15 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 20 minutes on the tube

Crowds of Camden Town

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Camden Town's distinctive streetscapes greet visitors from the moment they exit the tube.

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Tourists, teenagers, and Londoners flock to Camden Town to walk, shop, and engage in spirited talk.

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In Camden Town, alternative is the norm.

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Embrace it.

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Colorful Camden High Street

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Camden High Street is unique, with an eclectic collection of vibrant shops.

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Maneuver the bustling crowds to catch a glimpse of each stall's cheeky merchandise.

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They also display a fine collection of mustachey merchandise, too.

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The famous Camden Bridge signifies the start of the neighborhood's vintage markets.

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Camden itself is a very nice part of london. It feels more "punkish" then the central and is that little edgier that we were looking for. We would everybody recommend going to the Camden food market (you can walk trough the flat to there), you will get delicious food and a very nice shopping experience."

Florian

Visited in 2013

The Stables Market: Hold Your Horses

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London's most popular market attracts vast numbers of people during the weekend. It brims with hundreds of shops and stalls selling everything from alternative fashion to old-fashioned antiques.

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There are some fixed stalls that remain open during the week.

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Camden Lock

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Camden Lock is a manually-operated twin lock that connects the East waterways with the West of London.

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Camden Lock Market's food stalls serve cosmopolitan treats.

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Order a snack and find a bench to watch the lock in action.

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Or take a trip along the canal to Little Venice, Maida Vale.

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It's peaceful when you go with the flow.

Camden Never Sleeps

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By night, the markets vanish to make way for the neighborhood's bars and clubs to set the scene.

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With iconic venues like The Roundhouse and KOKO, it's easy to start and end your evening in Camden Town.

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Camden's nightlife is as varied as its markets. Tap your foot to jazz and swoon to blues at Camden's cafes and dance clubs.

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And tip your glass to everyone.

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When the night is old and the dawn is new, a good selection of places to grab an early morning snack will revive you before going home.

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Proud to be Camden.

The Sedate Side of Camden Town

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The residential streets surrounding Camden High Street are characterized by intricate Victorian details and colorful front doors.

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Cooly ruddy and lovingly weathered properties flank Regent's Canal.

Connected Camden Town

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A tube station and multiple early morning through late-night buses make it easy to get to and from Camden Town.

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Or take the scenic route and cycle along the canal.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

After living his first twenty something years in the great land of Michigan, Tec Petaja traveled throughout central Asia, lived in Indiana and Hawaii, and finally found a home in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides with his wife.

Tec Pateja

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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Rebecca Duke has been working as a photographer for the last decade, after attending Central St Martin’s in London. Her work focuses on people, interiors and travel and has been published in The Sunday Times, Elle Decor and Conde Nast Traveller. Rebecca travels frequently for her work but loved working in her hometown of London for this project. London’s friendliness about this work took this ‘true Londoner’ by surprise.

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