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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Beautiful building

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Review Date May 2021

The Kings Cross Estate has 24 hour security, paramedics, and Met police. Very safe, public parking in the Tapestry building, estate services look after the estate very well. Lots of green space and the best transport Linus in Europe.

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The best apartments are in the south facing tower looking over the 8th floor garden. The ones at the back of the tower have terrible bathrooms, the shower is crammed next to the bath and both are behind a glass wall. It takes time for the hit water to come through so you have to stand away from cold water. Terrible design from Johnson Naylor. Hard to believe a professional designer would produce such a scheme.

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Cannot believe how quiet this apartment is. The 8th floor garden is a gem.

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Needs a wider bath and extra towel rails in en suite.

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That Red Brick Building

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Review Date Apr 2021

Except for the railway noises, everything else is perfect! 🙂

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The red brick design stands out from the rest of the building in KX estate. The gas holder park (big gigantic circular with grass in middle) was a perfect place to chill and hangout with friends. During summer time, it is also a ideal spot for sun bathing.

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Before I moved in I would like to know if I have any neighbors living next door as sometimes they can be loud.

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I love my apartment, studio space is just enough for me.

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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re happy to hear that you enjoy living at Tapestry and are making good use of Gasholder Park in the sunshine.

Peaceful living in the city centre

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Review Date Mar 2021

Local shops are all fantastic, though I wish a 24 hour convenience store was a little closer. Open spaces are beautiful, transport very close, very quiet for how central it is

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The development is overall fantastically designed, both from an exterior and interior design standpoint. Different textures make the interiors feel inviting and the outside is easily recognisable. Management are really helpful and I often end up just having a chat with the concierge as they are so friendly. I haven’t had much experience of the amenities yet due to covid but the garden is beautiful and peaceful.

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Handyside sports pitch is really easy to book, make the most of it if you like badminton!

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Management has been really help overall and very friendly

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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re happy to hear that you enjoy living at Tapestry and the concierge are helpful. We hope you enjoy the wider amenities as the Covid restrictions ease.

Love life at Plimsoll

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Review Date Mar 2021

This is a unique part of London which has been enhanced by thoughtful development. I love living here, just do t like it that the secret is out!!

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The building is managed impeccably. There is an efficient concierge service. The car park is easy to access as is the garbage system. I tend to enter mainly through the car park entrance as that is more convenient so I don’t get the full benefits of the beautifully designed front entrance. The common parts are always kept clean.

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Once you live here it’s even better than you imagined

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The building management have always been very helpful

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Thank you for your taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re pleased that you enjoy all the facilities and love life at Plimsoll.

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