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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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.

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Conspicuous Isolation

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Review Date Aug 2021

Situated in the leafy suburb of Hampstead has its benefits with respect to lower pollution, noise however is almost constant but instead of traffic noise we have leaf blowers and general construction noise

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The development itself is beautiful but I live in on the top floor of Lord Cameron House, the social housing building. We have a separate discreet entrance away from the main thoroughfare, so discreet in fact that we have great difficulty with deliveries they often cannot find building or the entrance to it leaving the residents standing on the street itself rather than receiving deliveries via the Video Entry System.
I mentioned the Top because I wanted too draw attention to the fact that even when the delivery person finds the right door I have to scramble to the lift down to the entrance to be able to get my delivery by which time they have often walked off having not understood the system.
In addition the poorly laid out apartment has poor ventilation with only a quarter window in the main lounge/kitchen, making it extremely hot in the summer (well above the temp outside) and extremely cold in the winter provided by the huge rooftop window which lets all the apartmenmt to escape.

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It takes a a long time to have issues investigated/resolved due to the demarkation of responsibility especially with respect to the building rather than fixtures.

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Would highly recommend !

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Review Date Aug 2021

This area is fantastic!

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The development is clean and well taken care of at all times. Quite enough and feels safe and secure. The facilities are fantastic, despite delay in some of them working it’s great overall. The design is lovely as doesn’t feel over crowded

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I wish I had known the project management or leasing team were separate to concierge

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Slight delay with some issues but overall great service!

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Harmonious living environment

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Review Date Aug 2021

I have been in this area for over two years, I am thinking am I able to find something negative about this area? My answer is no.
The area is beautiful very green , gardens and green areas are vey well looked after. The streets are clean and quite , no traffic noises ,very to promenade, and for children. Close to many form of transport facilities , easy access to central London. Variety of lovely Restaurant and coffee shops, to enjoy ,especially on sunny days.

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I am an individual who loves architecture and interiors design. In this development what I can see they have done , is to integrate the design with the surrounding environment in perfect harmony. Balancing the brick work with the modern design, We have big windows that allow not only a lovely view of the beautiful surrounding but also light and brightness into the rooms. The colour scheme been used in corridors ,doors walls, are neutral so that any kind of furniture or décor can be adapted to it. We have two lift facilities, bikes storage, beautiful garden, closed bin area so that there is no smell coming outside, The buildings are well looked after clean and secure there is an office with a 24 hr concierge that are courteous , always there for any queries .

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Do not put off by the fact that the underground is not at your corner , there are many buses that are so frequent and quick, plus there is the over ground also walking distance and also a train station.

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Great development with very friendly concierge

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Review Date Aug 2021

If you have to commute daily to work, Hampstead Manor is not the most conveniently positioned. It’s a good 15 – 20 mins walk to the closest station. However, you’re in close reach of West Hampstead shops and only a 20min walk to Hampstead High-street. There is also a shuttle bus that can take you to local stations, but we rarely use it. Perhaps if there were an online booking system, we would, but to be honest, we like the walk and extra exercise it gives us.

For us, this is more of a positive. Being positioned further from the station and main roads gives Hampstead Manor more of a suburban residential feel, where the only people in your area tend to be your neighbours.

If you have a car, you may also be disappointed as the development is part of a local council scheme, which prevents residents from acquiring a local parking permit. However, if you have 25k – 50k to spare (subject to having a two bed), you may be able to secure a parking space in the private underground car park.

Pricewise properties in this development are above average for what you would typically expect to pay for a 1-3 bed apartment. On initial offering, one-bedroom apartments were around the 750 mark, but are now in the region of 1 million. It’s hardly good value for money, but if you don’t need the space, you can at least say you live in Hampstead. Hampstead Manor is great for a short-term rental or investment, but if you’re looking to start a family, you’d be better off putting that money elsewhere.

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The design of Hampstead Manor is like no other development we’ve seen. We’ve always been against new builds as they lack character and quality, but Hampstead Manor is different. The development has done a great job of mixing old with the new. On the west side of the development, you have the old university campus, which has masterfully been redesigned to accommodate a set of luxury residential apartments. On the east side, you have a set of new builds that have been designed to complement the rest of the development. This contrast helps give the development a feeling of a stately home whilst incorporating all of the latest home technologies. What makes it more special for me is when I learnt that my mother was a student at the campus back in the 90s.

We can’t say a bad word about the management and concierge. The day and night staff are so helpful. If anything, the concierge is the best bit about the development. They work incredibly hard to keep the development in good order, ensuring we are safe and well looked after. Thank you for everything you do for us!

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The standing charges for cooling and heating are an additional compulsory cost, even if you have them switched off. You also have no option but to remain with their supplier (Clever Energy). Furthermore, the cooling and heating have a poor cost to performance ratio. The heating is very slow to come on and the cooling (comfort cooling) barely works.

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The building management has always been very quick to respond to any issues with the property.

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