Camden

A Guide to Living in 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.

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’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.

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.
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Modern and hi spec development in an ideal location, within a £3bn regeneration project.

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Review Date Jun 2020

The King’s Cross redevelopment has been incredible, you can see why this development has been the most expensive in Europe. From the new modern shopping centre, the weekly canopy markets, everyman cinema to dishoom, the area has everything. Not only that but to the amazing transport links you can be in Edinburgh, Cornwall or even Paris and Amsterdam in hours. The best part is that there’s still so much development left to happen, including a new food court, leisure centre and arrival of the new Google HQ.

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Great design in the flats and the communal areas. Done to a very high spec, with highest quality materials. Most flats offer incredible views of London, with clear views stretching from the shard and St Paul’s to Canary wharf. Polite and helpful concierge always there to help and there 24 7.

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Nothing, everything was per expectations. Make sure you find out about the area and the amount of investment in the area long term. This was the big seller of King’s Cross.

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Responded well to issues and helped with snagging and defects

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A dream flat, amazing value and in the most incredible location

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Review Date Jun 2020

Absolutely amazing flats, the value is incredible compared to other Kings Cross flats two minutes down the street.
Concierge are friendly and accommodating and there is a real sense of community in the block of flats, due to the WhatsApp group we have and socials we attend.
Kings Cross St Pancras station is on the doorstep, connecting to the rest of London, the UK and Europe.
Kings Cross has developed so much even in the 2 years we have lived here. There are so many bars, restaurants and offices creating a real buzz. Kings Cross management do regular events and I feel honoured to live in this location.

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I cannot fault the flat, the design is to the highest specification and we have had absolutely no issues since moving in.
I love how soundproof the flats are, I have never once heard our neighbours.
Concierge are 24/7 and are so friendly and helpful

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I wish I had known just how quickly Kings Cross would be developed. We were initially worried that all the plans would never happen, how wrong we were! The area is beautiful and we are so lucky to be part of this community!

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I genuinely cannot think of anything I could improve, this flat has completed exceeded our expectations and we intend to stay here for a very long time to come.

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Good design and location let down by poor management.

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Review Date May 2020

This is a great area on the north side of Granary Square and Coal drops yard which is fantastic. Unfortunately currently let down by the mismanagement of the empty ground floor retail units and lack of street cleaning by both Camden and Islington councils.

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Good design which blends in well with existing buildings and Im sure will stand the test of time, sadly Camden the developer has not included any communal facilities making it difficult for residence to come together as a community which i feel is a great shame especially as they sold the development as coming with community space and use off the rear gardens. To date Savills have proved to be very poor at managing the development putting all their efforts into sales and very little into after care and management.

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I wish I had checked the lease thoroughly and checked against seller promises.

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I would like to change the developments Management

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Fantastic place to live

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Review Date May 2020

Lift facilities work very well as well as the security of the development

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Design is fantastic building management is good as its clean most of the time. However alarms have gone off before without people coming out straight away to help. The bin area is always kept clean and maintained. Overall the facility is overall a good standard.

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All viewing for both flats was done in a very professional manner and timely.

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Location is fantastic and the flat is very modern.

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