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.

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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.

Feeling privileged to live in Kings Cross

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Review Date Mar 2021

Kings Cross is an incredible place to live , and N1C is a real oasis . It’s surprisingly quiet as we are quite a way from any main roads in Plimsoll, and we have the great landscaping , shops, restaurants, facilities that are here in the Redevelopment zone , as well as views over the Canal.

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Plimsoll is well designed and a joy to live in. We also benefit from Argent being a very responsible and far-sighted developer, who is crucially thinking of the wider picture for the developments role in the community.
Facilities are good , and life is made to be very easy for residents here with 24hr concierge , good security in the building and the surrounding development and plenty of parking availability for guests and residents.

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Surprised how amazingly easy it is to get everywhere – can walk to the city or west end in 20-30mins , tube there in 5mins – pretty much everywhere in London is accessible in 30 mins or less- and of course when we can, go to Paris ( or even Nottingham to watch my football team ) in a couple of hours .

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There is still considerable building work going on in the redevelopment zone ( including the new theatre that we are excited about) , but this was always known about when we purchased so we have no complaints.

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Thank you for your taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We’re pleased to hear that Plimsoll is a joy to live in and that you enjoy living at King’s Cross and benefit from many of the amenities in the neighbourhood.

Comfortable living in a prime location

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Review Date Jan 2021

Love being a few steps away from Coal Drops Yard & Granary Square, and a ~12 minute walk to King’s Cross tube stations.

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You can tell that design and amenities were front of mind for the builders of Plimsoll Building – it feels more like a high-end hotel than an apartment block, which isn’t a bad thing! To name a few of the facilities, there’s a gym with most equipment you could need, a bike storage room, and an observatory with a terrace. The 24/7 concierge support is also fantastic in terms of package delivery and overall safety, and the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful.

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The walls are quite thick – we rarely hear noise from our neighbours through the walls.

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The landlord has been slow to fix maintenance issues, but that’s not the fault of Plimsoll.

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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 at the Plimsoll Building and that the concierge team are friendly and helpful.

Absolutely love this place

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Review Date Jan 2021

Being so close to Coal Drops Yard the area has a great selection of upmarket shops and many great restaurants. With the regents canal so close there are lots of opportunities to go for runs, or walks, and there are a few small parks (Gasholders Park is great) for walking dogs or picnicking in.

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I absolutely love the Plimsoll Building – it’s light, beautifully designed, and modern, with facilities like a gym, a winter garden with 12th floor balcony, a reading room with piano, a conference room, and more.

Apartments are well spaced and specced, and the fittings are all top class: down-lighting that’s stunning (and nourishes plants), built in dishwashers, and heated mirrors in the bathroom so they don’t steam up. The designers thought of every little detail.

The building is wonderfully maintained and is stocked with friendly concierge staff. I love it here.

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The council tax is on the higher end of the scale (£150-200/month for a 1 bedroom), so one definitely pays for the nice area we’re situated in.

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We’ve really struggled to get our landlord (actually the managing agency) to fix our dishwasher. It’s been 6 months of emails, and nothings actually been done.

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