Borough of Camden

Few places in the capital ooze cool like Camden. This popular Borough covers a large area but is more recognised for Camden Town. Its gritty, bohemian vibe has long-drawn a mesmerising mix of characters, from free spirits to punks, goths to rockers. And there lies its charm. Read on to find out the best places to live in Camden and also, what it is like to buy or rent in Camden.

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Best places to live in Borough of Camden

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Camden street

Street art and Regent’s Canal 

An explosion of colour, Camden sits in stark contrast to its more reserved Central and North-West London neighbours. This is a borough of rainbow street graffiti and pastel-painted townhouses, and also intricately decorated boats that glide up and down Regent’s Canal. One of Camden’s most popular attractions is a boat trip along the 200-year-old waterway. You can hop on at Camden Lock and journey all the way to Little Venice, right by Paddington Station. However, if you prefer to walk there is a canal-side path that will lead you straight there too.

Camden bridge

Camden’s musical connections

The area is most famous for its legendary live music scene, and its hundreds of venues span underground dive bars, authentic boozers and rooftop cocktail terraces. A Mecca for musical icons, Camden’s acoustic credentials have attracted the stars in their hordes over the years. It is also, the official stomping ground of the late Amy Winehouse – dubbed ‘The Queen of Camden’. Its stages were regularly headlined by the artist, who had a home in its heart at 30 Camden Square. Madonna played her first London show at local institution, KOKO. As well as this, Madness first started gigging in The Dublin Castle pub. And thousands of others have got rowdy crowds going, from Pink Floyd to Coldplay.

Camden Market 

Aside from this, the borough’s best-known for its namesake market, sprawled between the Camden Town and Chalk Farm tubes. In truth, it’s less market and more open-air theatre, split across three quarters – Camden Lock, Buck Street and the Stables. Always busy, but packed to the brim Fridays to Sundays, this is a 1,000 stall-strong mini metropolis, with vendors touting everything from cinnamon incense to Indonesian street food. Lots head for the Stables to pay tribute to Amy. It’s where sculptor Scott Eaten erected a life-size bronze statue of the singer.

Camden sign on bridge

Exploring further afield 

Elsewhere, there are antique book shops to browse in Kentish Town. And also, acres of ancient woodland to wander on nearby Hampstead Heath. Camden is a proper haven for foodies. Aside from the authentic market eats, there are cosy Italian pizzerias, atmospheric Pan-Asian spots and top-notch burger joints. Most of which serve their dishes with a side-order of quirky décor.

HomeViews reviewers verdicts on what it is like to buy or rent in Camden…

“There are many shops available. You can find many groceries stores, barbers, restaurants here, and the transportation links are very good.” – Verified tenant on Agar Grove Estate, NW1

“Expect plenty of choice for eating and drinking, from cutesy coffee shops to elegant gastropubs, and easy access to some of London’s most legendary pubs and live music venues. A large French population (courtesy of the Collège Français Bilingue de Londres) means there’s a generous helping of upscale bistros and wine bars in the area, too.” – Property Professional on Hampstead Gates, NW5

“Kentish Town (is) often overshadowed by its eclectic neighbour, Camden Town, but this place offers just as much in the way of quirky restaurants, authentic pubs and legendary live music venues (the 02 Forum being case in point). When you do want to wander along Camden Lock and sample the street food, though, it’s an easy amble (or tube stop) away.” – Property Professional on The Maple Building, NW5

You can find out more about living in Camden. Click on the developments below to find out about residents’ experiences on what it’s like to rent in Camden. Also, if there’s a Camden property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Borough of Camden

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One of best accommodation in London

Review Date Jun 2024

the area is served exceptionally well, under the Swiss Quarter building there is a bus stop and in front of it the underground, so in a quarter of an hour you can reach the center of London and any other area. Opposite there is a large Waitrose and about 300 meters away a large shopping center with a Sainsbury’s inside. Inside the building there is a very nice Italian restaurant Terra Terra with a covered room and an outdoor terrace. In the area there are many cafes, pizzeria, and some restaurants.

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I was in a studio, there were two of us and when my father came there was a sofa bed. The bed was comfortable king size, and the room space well organized and clean with very nice decor. All rooms have a balcony. The management is very courteous and available, in particular thanks to Selna and Aga who were always kind and helpful.

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We believed that the housekeeping every 15 days would have been not enough, instead it was okay considering that also at home we change our bed sheets and bathroom linens every 15 days, hence I think it is a sustainable solution

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We didn’t have any issues during the 3 months we have been there

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The interior of the building is great

Review Date Jun 2024

Nice location, underground, national and international rail service near by. The amenities are excellent.

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The interior of the building is great. The concierge are very nice and always there to help. The security of the building is great and well thought of when considering cctv locations. A lot of events and classes are held as well for residents to attend.

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The rent only system is different than normal landlord renting system, in a good way.

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They are very helpful and respond very quickly, great team.

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location and service great, flat is below average

Review Date May 2024

Great location, right beside coal drops yard with tons of variety of food and shopping. kings cross station is near by as well

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Beautiful place, but the flat has major construction issues. Been half a year since moving in and already the walls are cracking, glue for the toilet seat is coming off, and the shower shield is loosening too. Door lock has broken at least twice, and the chute doesnt work 60% of the time.

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If you prioritize living in a great and accessible place, this is it for you, but dont expect amenities to last very long. (Toilet paper construction)

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The building management always try their best. The receptionist are the best people ever. Issues, while VERY COMMON, gets fixed in a few days, and all due to the receptionist’s diligence in handling these matters as well as the engineers.

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Dear resident.

Sorry to hear about the issues in your apartment. If you would like to e-mail me directly I will get these issues corrected immediately. Thank you for your kind words regarding the service from the concierge team.

Thank you.
paul.hyams@relatedargent.co.uk

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Review Date May 2024

Quiet yet so convenient for Kings Cross and lots of great restaurants and shops locally and calm gardens

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Facilities are super; great gym and communal areas. Screen room and pool table are bonuses for us, and coffee, refreshment area very relaxing. Everything is well managed, and efficient. The concierge and management staff are all incredibly helpful and friendly.. Thankyou!

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It was even better than we were expecting – can’t think of anything we wished we’d known

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Needed to check water meter reading and this was quickly sorted.

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Dear Jane

Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy you are enjoying living at the Author Kings Cross. So glad you are enjoying all the amenities we offer.

Thank you
General Manager