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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Don’t fall for the outwardly appearance

Review Date Nov 2021

Close to Kings Cross and Camden.

Excellent transport links
Sainsburys local right next door and Waitrose a bit closer.
Area being developed massively so looks a bit rubbish right now but in the future has great potential.
Doesn’t feel too safe at night
Can be very loud, especially because of the club right opposite.
No issues with other building members or tenants.
Excellent reception staff.

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Where do I even start- we moved to XY Air in July 2021. The apartment looked in really good condition, freshly painted, good amenities and spacious 2 bedroom flat. We were so excited to be here.

However, our excitement was so short lived. In August, we stared noticing dampness on the walls in the living room and signs of leak were visible. We contacted our agent, who asked us to contact Camden Repairs directly and thus began the most tiresome months of our lives.

After contacting Camden repairs multiple times to flag them about a leakage, we were finally given an appointment to visit the flat in November. By the time it was November, the flat was literally in a derelict condition. The leak had caused all the walls to cave in and flooring started buckling and came off due to the water seeping into it.

Finally, in November the plumber fixed the leak however the apartment was in bad condition. We have been trying to contact Camden repairs every single since then to try and have someone replaster the walls and put new flooring but without any luck.

While those issues are the biggest, the apartment itself has multiple small issues that are frustrating to deal with.
-The windows don’t seal properly allowing loads of flies to come in the apartment.
-In summer, the apartment gets tooo hot.
-In winter the heating hasn’t been working in one of the rooms and Camden repairs can’t bother fixing it so sent us replacement portable heaters which just aren’t as effective.
-The lifts breakdown very often in the building.

Overall, the excitement of living in Central London, in such a great location has paled in comparison to the everyday problems we have had to deal with.

The only positive here is that the reception staff is super helpful, really friendly and really good with handling all the parcels that come in!

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Egg London next door which means it can get very noisy if the windows are open in the flat.

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The property agent has been awful at responding to any issues and has been of no help. The repair company is a nightmare to deal with.

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Prime location, modern studios, amazing management – Highly recommend!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2021

The Quarters Kilburn is conveniently located along Kilburn High Road. Multiple grocery stores, banks, restaurants, retail stores, and more are within 10-min walking distance from the building. Access to public transport is not a problem – there is a bus stop in front of the building, the Overground station is a 2-min walk, the Kilburn Park tube station is a 5-min walk.

The only downside is the traffic and pedestrian noise as Kilburn High Road is a busy street. However, the building’s windows muffle the noise well.

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I have been living in the Quarters Kilburn for 3 months and my experience so far has been nothing short of pleasant. Selna (General Manager) and the rest of the team are accommodating, friendly, and quick to respond. Tenants are always informed of events (repairs, etc.) in the building. The staff delivers parcels straight to the your flat from the reception area.

The building is very secure despite being located on a busy street. The studios are roomy enough for a single tenant, and the design is modern and functional. There are washer and dryer machines on the ground floor for the tenants.

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It can get quite hot inside the studios, especially during warmer weather. Also, traffic noise can be heard from the front-facing apartments.

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Management has been consistently quick in responding and in repairing issues in the building. They are always helpful!

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Dear Patricia,

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience while staying at The Quarters Kilburn.

We are so glad to hear that management staff of the building, the design and functionality of the studios and the location are making your stay memorable.

It’s been an absolute pleasure having you as a guest at The Quarters Kilburn.

Warmest regards,

The Quarters by Bravo Team

Highly recommended

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Review Date Nov 2021

Very close to a variety of stores and to Overground/tube which makes the flat very convenient.

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The building management is very good and well organized. Maintenance team responds quickly to guest requests. The flat has a lot of storage options and it’s very comfortable for one person stay. Also the design is modern and nice. I would recommend it to my friends.

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The agent had informed me about facilities etc before I moved in.

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Management team responded quickly to any problems I had

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Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review.

We are glad you would recommend The Quarters Kilburn to your friends and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed of a great building management, our efficient maintenance service and the modern design of the studio.

We take pride in making sure our guests have a wonderful stay and they find an ideal and convenient location to live.

Warmest regards,

The Quarters by Bravo Team

Nice and cosy

Verified Resident
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Review Date Nov 2021

Great area, has links to underground, and bus stops are all nearby which is very convenient. Has several grocery stores and other small but nice restaurants and cafes. Generally a nice place to stay at and is about 30 mins away from areas like Soho which is also pretty close for London. The only downside is having lots of traffic noise, which kind of makes it seem like it’s always pretty noisy inside the room, especially if you’re working from home it can be distracting.

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Building and property management is great, all requests so far have been dealt with in a timely manner and staff and maintenance team are very friendly and happy to help with any issues. The property manager Selna created a safe and cosy environment and is always there to help and answer any questions.
Overall design and facilities are good, the building is always clean and minty fresh. There’s a laundry room for the building, its clean and not too busy but resembles a university one, took a little time getting used compared to having a private washing machine.

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Standard room doesn’t have an oven, so if you like to bake or oven cook it might be needed to buy a portable one in case you need to. I knew this before moving in but turned out I need it more often than I thought.

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All requests are dealt with right away, excepting to see if soundproofing of the window to reduce outside noise can be helped with.

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Dear Adel,

Thank you so much for your great review and constructive feedback.

We take pride in making sure that our guests have a memorable stay with us.

It is lovely to hear that the location is convenient and that you enjoy of the building facilities, design and cleanliness.

Your comments will be shared with the team as we always welcome any feedback we receive and information about the areas which we can improve in.

Thank you for staying at The Quarters Kilburn