In our series of spotlighting some of the most popular neighbourhoods in London, within easy reach of Dolphin Square and Pimlico, we’re taking a look at an area best-known for its artisan creativity and trading: Camden.
Our guide takes a more in-depth look at Camden and uncovers everything you need to know about the hustle and bustle of this Central London area. To wrap up, we’ll share why staying in serviced apartments near Camden guarantees you door-step access to the thrills of this hugely popular residential area.
At a glance: Camden
Since improving its rail services and development of the Grand Union Canal, this residential area with a population of some 270,000 has become one of London’s most buzzing areas, teeming with markets, music venues and welcoming alternative culture.
Famously known for the Camden Lock Village, Camden also boasts a range of attractions including the British Museum, the British Library, BT Tower, The Roundhouse and London Zoo.
Things to do around Camden: What to see and do
What started off as a small arts and crafts fair in 1974, Camden Markets is a diverse community of creative sellers making it London’s largest market; and arguably one of the UK’s best outdoor markets at that. Situated next to Regent’s Canal, there are more than 1000 unique shops to browse, stalls to poke an eye over, and a mouthwatering selection of bars and cafes serving up tasty trays and refreshments all day long. Expect to discover everything from trade and music to fashion and antique finds.
Uncover some of the sights found around Camden, including a bronze statue of the late British singer Amy Winehouse which is located in the Stables Market in Camden Town. Having become strongly associated with Camden Town, the statue was unveiled as a tribute to the songstress in 2014 and serves as a great reminder of the music she shared during her career.
At Primrose Hill, soak in magnificent rounded views of London’s iconic skyline almost 63 metres above sea level. This area of London is one of six protected viewpoints and attracts a lively reputation for both locals and international visitors all year round.
Restaurants near Camden
As well as having locations in Soho, King’s Cross and Dalston, Mildreds Camden is a favourite among Londoners alike. Serving their epic plant-based menu indoor and outdoors, it's recommended to enjoy a starter, main and dessert during your visit. Why not try the Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff ahead of time by using their recipe, here?
Laz @ Camden
Nothing beats great food and drink with a great setting. At Laz @ Camden, brick-lined walls and mid-century lighting portray an ambient and romantic dining experience to this small Mediterranean delight. Having sourced only the finest ingredients, expect dishes to taste so good you’ll want to go back for more.
Purezza are well known for “bringing Camden better food” which is certainly true for the largest vegan restaurant in the UK. At Purezza, they’re all about quality, service and sustainability which goes hand in hand with their 100% sustainable fit-out and carefully sourced items found on the mouthwatering menu. Why not take a look around before booking a table?
Camden Pubs and Bars
Simmons Bar | Camden Town
There’s a reason why Simmons Bar scores 4.5/5 stars on Google Reviews. With a signature Happy Hour that lasts five hours long, what’s not to love.? Dubbed the ‘best bar in Camden’, you can find Simmons Bar next to Camden Town Station where one can expect to see its popularity upon arrival. Want to host a party or event? Make use of the bar’s private party rooms to hire.
The Oxford Arms
Serving up a relaxing atmosphere, The Oxford Arms is the place to be in the heart of a bustling Camden. Not only does this establishment provide live sports fixtures alongside great food, The Oxford Arms hosts a range of seasonal events and live music, and also boasts an upstairs theatre- now you wouldn’t know about that if we didn't tell you. The rear garden with its heaters and seating provides the ultimate setting to unwind after a busy day, come rain or shine.
Be At One
Fancy a cocktail or two, or maybe even three? Be At One will quench your thirst with their selection of cocktails, shots, bombs, spirits and mixers. They will also cater to complex reservations if you need to book a party or event. Don’t forget to check out the Welcome Back Offers and save with pre-orders.
Green spaces and outdoors
As London’s largest outdoor sports area spanning some 166 hectares, or 410 acres of land, Regent’s Park combines open space with tree-lined pathways, wildlife and gardens, providing the ultimate scenic settings when you need to escape the busy streets of the capital. Downtime here is time well spent, however, there’s plenty of attractions on offer if you want to make the most of your visit. For example, the London Zoo boasts fun for all with it being home to more than 750+ animals. Or how about a show at the Open Air Theatre located right in the centre of the Park?
An extension of Regent’s Park and divided by the Regent’s Canal towpath, Primrose Hill is synonymous with spectacular views of London and the far-reaching. The hilltop park is a compact, village-like area with plenty of grasstops to be enjoyed.
Transport in Camden
In Central London, Camden boasts transport significance since it is home to three of London’s most important rail terminals (Euston, King’s Cross, and St Pancras). This makes the borough one of the most well-connected areas with rail links out to the West Coast, East Coast, North East & West England, the Midlands, and further on to North Wales and Scotland. Camden is at the heart of the High Speed 2 (HS2) services proposal.
If you’re looking to get around via the underground, Camden is served by the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, and Victoria lines. However, moving around on the surface is easy enough thanks to taxis, Uber’s and London’s bus services. Visit Transport for London to get full travel times and schedules.
Expect to find Camden on the quiet side since there are no motorways that run through this area. Albeit a few dual carriageways are dotted here and there, Camden Council put in place a borough-wide speed limit of 20 miles per hour, making Camden one of the safest areas for cyclists and pedestrians. Also, remember to keep an eye out for congestion zones.
How to get from Camden to Pimlico
Camden is about twenty minutes from Pimlico: get on the trusty Victoria line, then change to the Northern line at Euston. If you fancy a walk, the walk from St Pancras to Camden along the canal is one of London’s best, although obviously, it’s not the quickest way to get there.
Dolphin Square Serviced Apartments near Camden
Finding the right accommodation solution for your stay in London shouldn’t take up unnecessary time or energy. Dolphin Square’s serviced apartments offer all the convenience and benefits you need when away from home.
We believe in hassle-free living. Your corporate studio or apartment will provide the ultimate in comfort and sophistication, with contemporary furnishings, king-size beds, appliances, detailing and a wide range of facilities and amenities aimed at making your stay a pleasant and memorable one. Minimum contract: 90 nights.
Need to host your event? Our unique and spacious meeting space is in the heart of London. This versatile conference room offers a fully private space to host your event. Ideal for small executive meetings, residential conferencing, training courses or reception events.
Book your stay with us on your next trip to Camden
If you’re planning a visit to Camden, we would love to host you at Dolphin Square. Our Serviced Apartments offer the ultimate home away from home and serve as the perfect base, right in the heart of all the action. We have fantastic transport links, being a short walk from Pimlico Station, and offer a wide range of amenities located right on our doorstep.
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