Top 10 Camden

From live music venues to the best shopping - here's 10 tips for exploring Camden Town.

Whether you're a rocker, cool kid, metalhead, hippy, vintage queen or muso, you'll find something to delight you in this fun part of North London. Enjoy!

1. Shopping 

If you love Camden chances are you love shopping! Take the Tube to Camden Town, then head north along Camden High Street past stores selling Doc Martins, goth and punk clothing, body piercings, tattoos and more. Allow yourself a few hours to explore the extensive Camden markets. Top tip: Don't miss the futuristic styles of Cyberdog.

2. Vintage

Camden is one of the top places in London for vintage gear. In Stables Market you'll find stores and stalls selling new and second hand clothes, shoes, accessories, homewares, posters, furniture and music on vinyl. There's also lots of new, retro-style stuff, plus vintage-style hairdressers and beauticians (try Dappa Boutique on Chalk Farm Road).

3. Pubs

There are loads of great pubs in Camden. Chill at the Hawley Arms or The Lock Tavern; rock with the rockabillies at The Elephant's Head; kick on until way past your bedtime at The Good Mixer; hobnob with emos and metalheads at the Hobgoblin; or drink a toast in the Spread Eagle just off Parkway.

4. Live music

From Pink Floyd and The Doors, to Madness, Blur and Amy Winehouse, Camden was and is one of the most happening places for live music in London. Catch world-famous acts or the Next Big Thing at The Roundhouse, Dingwalls and The Dublin Castle. Try Underworld for metal and The Jazz Cafe for jazz, blues and retro.

5. Nightlife

As well as Camden's wide selection of pubs, and live music venues, there's plenty of fantastic bars and clubs. Barfly is great for a late night boogie, Proud Camden's quirky setting attracts a hipster vibe, Koko hosts everything from bands to burlesque, plus there's plenty of boutique taverns and cocktail bars. Try The Foundry, Fifty Five and The Black Heart.

6. The Canal 

A visit to this area is not complete without spending some time along Regent's Canal, which runs through the heart of Camden and the markets. From the picturesque Camden Lock you can take a boat tour to Little Venice (and back, naturally).

7. Eating 

You'll get the world on a plate in Camden. Find fab cheap eats at Camden Lock Market, get your BBQ meat fix at Q Grill or Shaka Zulu, kick it up a notch at the Gordon Ramsay's York & Albany, or experience a crazy cornucopia of pan-Asian delights at Gilgamesh. Top tip: Be a Brit, eat fish and chips at Poppies.

8. People 

Camden is ideal for people-watching – from the colourful characters on the street and behind the stalls to celeb spotting in nearby Primrose Hill. Whether you're waiting to meet a friend or just need a bit of down-time, park yourself near the Lock, grab a coffee and watch the world go by.

9. Animals

After seeing Camden's weird and wonderful human inhabitants, you can visit the cool creatures at nearby ZSL London Zoo. Here you'll find exhibits including Tiger Territory, Gorilla Kingdom and Penguin Beach as well as a fantastic kids' area with water play and a petting zoo.

10. Folk music

Cecil Sharp house is the home of English folk music, holding an astonishing archive of sheet music, recordings and manuscripts documenting the history of traditional English folk dance and song. The venue hosts regular talks, workshops and family-friendly events such as Ceilidhs, Morris Dancing and more.

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