Camden

Few places in the capital ooze cool like the Borough of Camden does. The 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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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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Review Date Sep 2020

Lovely, safe and beautiful area

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The development offers a beautiful blend of old and new, immaculate landscaping and superlative facilities. We love living here. The concierge are extremely helpful and lovely too. The new addition of a driver (within certain hours) is an amazing service too.

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No parking. If your flat doesn’t come with a parking space then there aren’t any other options. It is impossible to get a permit via Camden council and the Management do not even allow residents to rent off members who do have private parking spaces which seems a bit unreasonable if they are not being used.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

It is quite expensive compared to other developments near by, but then again the facilities probably make it worth more.

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Beautiful development

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Review Date Sep 2020

Good location close to both Hampstead and West Hampstead

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Very nice design and facilities. Build quality not great. Numerous small faults have had to be put right. The pool and gym are fantastic and my flat is a good size for the money (given the NW3 location). Having air conditioning is great in the summer.

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The build time. The build was delayed for almost a year.

What is the best feature of your home:

The view over the grounds is lovely with lots of light coming in.

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Great place to live

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Review Date Sep 2020

The best of the old and the new. A development of character and high specifications in a quiet and well maintained part of London

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Hampstead Manor is a well designed mix of new homes and period conversions. The nature of the site with flats and houses make it a perfect place to live compared to the cookie cutter developments so often seen in London. Facilities are great (gym and pool) and gardens extremely well maintained. Onsite security and concierge service ensure a peaceful community. It is a mixed and friendly community. If you are after a character home without wanting to sacrifice modern amenities you will struggle to find better in the area.

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Completion deadline slippage was always communicated later than anticipated.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Sometimes slow but always fixed at the end so no complaint.

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Superb

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Review Date Sep 2020

Really excellent area, great communities and local amenities

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Property management is superb, all issues sorted very promptly and to a high standard. Whatever issues I’ve had, they’ve always sorted them out and replied to all of my emails. The facilities are always kept to a high standard and it is very clean and tidy

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How nice everyone is around here

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The great neighbourhood, everyone is so friendly and nice

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