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 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 Camden

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Great property for young professionals and young family.

Review Date Jun 2022

Great range of shops and restaurants all within 5min walk, from high end to high street and chain stores to independent stores. Convenient transport links with multiple tube lines, buses, large train station and even Eurostar.

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Concierge team is friendly and helpful; Building’s exterior and interior both look reasonably nice and modern; Presentable seating area on the ground floor but not much facility other than that although probably not necessary as there are multiple gyms and cinemas within 5min walk.

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The service charge is quite high given there are not much facilities provided within the property.

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Concierge team is responsive and helpful but the management team that is not on site are slow on responses and do not find as helpful when there are issues.

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Amazing location, modern styling

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2022

ArtHouse is in the heart of the Granary Square development – plenty of restaurants and bars, and quite a good range, from high end places for foodies in next door Coal Drops Yard, through to street food market by the Art School area. Waitrose is the on-site supermarket, which stays open late til 10pm – very handy if not the cheapest. Most of the year, it’s reasonably quiet off-peak, but gets busy in summer on the lawns.
It never fails to amaze me now the lawns are completely cleared of any litter each morning, leaving it pristine – the management of the area is really impressive.

Having lived here for eight years now, I’ve really seen the growth of new shops, in fashion, interior design, tech (Samsung’s London flagship is in Coal Drops Yard) – this reflects the artistic feel to the neighbourhood (the art school is a few yards away of course). It has a cinema, a leisure centre very nearby, and of course the combination of Kings Cross, St. Pancras, Eurostar and the tube make for an amazing set of public transport options.

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ArtHouse is a modern design both inside and out. It has an urban feel to it, neutral palette of external colours, mostly grey, which helps to keep it not looking too dated in years to come.
Inside, the apartments are a high quality build – fixtures and fittings like oak floors and really solid kitchen units. And many come with in-built air conditioning (useful as the apartments can get warm in summer and are very well insulated!
Car parking is available under the building, but it is quite expensive if you take it up.
Arthouse doesn’t have an onsite gym, which some developments offer. Personally, I’m more interested in the 24-hr on-site concierge, as I value security highly.
The building has had some design issues since it opened in 2014, although these have almost all been resolved now, mostly at the expense of the developer, so no real on-cost to the owners or tenants.

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For a new build in 2014, I expected the heating to state-of-the-art. It is underfloor and very effective, but I had expected the heating controls to be easier to understand!
The biggest positive surprise is how well managed the overall Kings Cross estate is – security staff are all around, friendly and visible. The neighbourhood has become very popular, and yet they keep it safe and clean – a great thing to see!

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The building management works through a management company, which has three residents as Directors on its board. This ensures that there is representation and that structure has worked well to keep a focus on everyday issues like lift repairs, waste management, redecorations and so on.

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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re delighted to hear that you like the design of ArtHouse and find the concierge team reassuring.

Fantastic Kings Cross living

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2022

We love our apartment and the whole development at Kings Cross finding it an uplifting and vibrant place

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The cultural opportunities on-site and in the surrounding area are many, there is a fantastic market at weekends, a large Waitrose on site and many excellent eateries on-site and nearby. Add to this the outstanding transport links as well all that central London has to offer, making this a difficult to beat package

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The concierge service has surpassed our expectation with their helpfulness

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Building management have been helpful as have residents meetings with management

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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re glad to hear that you enjoy living at King’s Cross and benefit from the many amenities and transport links in the neighbourhood.

Super comfortably and cosy living

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2022

Good:
– Lovely canal and greenery
– Very kid-friendly
– Variety of shops and restaurants
– Canopy Market
– Huge Waitrose with wide selection and cafe/bar areas.
– Free community sports pitch
– Activities/events: film festival, music festival, art fairs, etc.

Bad:
– Next to busy and noisy main street
– City dust

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Good:
– Location
– Close walk to King’s Cross and St Pancras stations
– High grade appliances
– 24/7 concierge
– Basement car park
– In-built air cooler system
– 24/7 hot water
– Underfloor heating
– Maximises natural light

Bad:
– Lack of in-building facilities (gym, pool, etc.)
– High management fees
– Grey-green building theme (would prefer warmer colours)

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Building insulation is great during winter, but can get warm/stuffy during summer. Which bedrooms are colder/warmer throughout the seasons.

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Building management are overall ok, but response times could be faster.

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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re happy to hear that overall you enjoy the amenities at ArtHouse and the events that take place on the wider King’s Cross estate.