The City, London

Written by Christianah Babajide


Camden is one of London's liveliest boroughs and the centre of the capital's underground music scene with a plethora of seductively snazzy venues.

Located in the heart of London borough of Camden, it stretches from Angel Islington to Hampstead’s Whitestone pond in the North and has been identified as one of the 35 major centres in Greater London.

Camden is home to a mixed, colourful and vibrant community in North London – the area is known for its busy markets; attracting young professionals, city workers, artists and creative ones – like myself!

Shops and Stalls

Camden Town offers visitors a huge choice of bars, restaurants, clubs and lively pubs in the area – you’re spoilt for choice really! The Queen’s Crescent Market (open on Thursdays and Saturdays only) is one of Camden’s oldest street markets known to sell decent food, discounted clothing and a wide variety of household products. Camden markets are a major tourist attraction at weekends, selling goods of all types, including fashion, lifestyle, books, food, junk/antiques and more bizarre items which are quite popular with young people – especially those searching for “alternative clothing.” Camden’s fine dining establishments are as diverse as the people who visit the tourist hotspot – the food shops and stalls offer everything from delicious jerk chicken to gourmet chicken burgers.

Parks and Green Spaces

Despite being in an urban area, Camden fosters a plethora of green spaces on Primrose Hill, Kentish Town City Farm and Hampstead Heath. The green spaces have helped improved the quality of life for people living in, working in and visiting the area. Camden Council manages 68 parks and open spaces, many of which are important historically, such as former burial grounds, manors, private gardens and London squares. Hampstead Heath is one of London’s most popular open spaces – the grassy public space sits astride a sandy ridge, running from Hampstead to Highgate. On a sunny day, the massive area of fields is full of graceful swans and provides calm and serenity for nature lovers or those of us who like to escape the City from time to time. So, take a deep breath, relax, and grab your own patch of grass in one of Camden's many green spaces.

Getting Around

Living in Camden Town is both exciting and convenient. The area is on both divisions of the Northern line – one of the busiest underground lines in Zone 2 but also one of the fastest. The northern line travels from Edgware and High Barnet down to Morden – the southernmost station of London underground. The good thing about living in Camden is you can benefit from quick underground service to major central location such as Kings Cross, Old Street or Leicester Square. There are also several bus links operating from Camden to destinations across the Capital. For those who have had enough of the tube and prefer travelling on wheels; Camden has many bicycles and cycle routes available in the area. If you intend to drive whilst living here – luckily the parking limit in Camden allows you to park at any time within the zone you are in.

Housing

There’s a mix of property types in Camden – ranging from Georgian and Victorian terraces to low-rise council blocks and larger (and expensive) houses towards Primrose Hill. The beautiful street of houses of elegant self-detached early Victorian properties is full of colourful inspiration and will have you wondering if you’ve mistakenly wound up in Shoreditch. However, houses aren’t exactly cheap with the average house price around £930,000 while the average flat price is £680,000. Despite this, Camden houses are in high demand; many choose to live in Camden due to the vibrant surroundings and students usually start with renting a flat with their university mates before upsizing to bigger homes as time goes on. The east side of the borough is generally cheaper than the West – for example a week’s rent in Kentish Town won’t be more than £100 whereas in posh Primrose Hill, you’ll be lucky If that covers two days!