Head north and you’ll discover a quirky, punk rock paradise.
Ah Camden, the beating heart of London’s alternative fashion, lifestyle and music scene (and the home of Secret London’s swanky offices). London’s ‘Marmite’ borough divides us all. But whether you can’t stand the thought of swerving through hoards of ‘tweenage’ market-goers or you’re in love with the bustling atmosphere, we’ve put together a Camden ‘highlight reel’.
1. Get some nitro ice cream at Chin Chin Labs
Chin Chin Labs have just opened a shop in Soho, but their original Camden location is well worth a visit. Their experimental flavours – grilled peach, beetroot chocolate, caramel Guinness – are frozen with the help of liquid-nitrogen and served in equally quirky fashion, with even whackier toppings. You can even have your scoop served in a brownie cookie hybrid. So wrong it’s right.
2. Take the London Waterbus down Regent’s Canal
If you don’t think there’s anything quite as thrilling as messing about on boats, we know you’re going to love this one. The London Waterbus runs between Camden and Little Venice, and provides a peaceful escape from the usual hustle and bustle. All you need to do is turn up at Dingwalls Dock in Camden Lock Market or at the towpath on the south side of Brownings Pool in Little Venice and pay onboard. It’s £9 for an adult single and £14 for an adult return.
3. Walk the Amy Winehouse street art trail
There’s loads of street art dotted around Camden that memorialises the late, great Amy Winehouse and you can find a map and more information on the walk here. If you’re looking for another way to pay tribute to Amy you can visit The Jewish Museum where, from now until 24th September, you’ll find the ‘Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait‘ exhibition.
4. Stuff your face at The Cheese Bar
This is the place in Camden that we all go when we’ve had a bad day at the office and need cheering up. The Cheese Bar is a guaranteed day maker. Think all the cheese you could ever want, in every different combination you could ever dream of, plus cheesy disco music (and wine, of course). You literally can’t go wrong with this place. It’s un-brie-lievable, guys.
5. Wander round Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park is a lovely green space set away from the potentially rage-inducing hustle and bustle of Camden Town. Ok, we know it’s not all entirely in Camden, but we think it should get a quick mention. Take a step back from the crowds and spend some time wandering round Regent’s Park, discovering its lovely gardens; the Avenue Gardens and Queen Mary’s Gardens get a special shout out here. You can also enjoy open air theatre here in the Summer or wander up Primrose Hill for a cracking view of the city.
6. Watch a film at Camden Beach at the Roundhouse
Camden Beach is back for Summer 2017 at the Roundhouse. This year they’ve teamed up with Big Beach Screen Events to bring you Big Screen on the Beach: a series of al fresco film screenings from 15th – 29th July. Tickets even include your very own deck chair (you don’t see that every day) and you can find more information about the screenings here. The beach will also be open from the 1st – 28th August for all to enjoy the sandy oasis for free.
7. Grab a pint
Another regular lunch spot for us Secret London staff, The Camden Eye offers some exceptionally tasty pizzas, 2-4-1 at lunchtimes. If you’re looking for more good pub grub and views of Camden Lock, check out The Lock Tavern. It’s a little oasis amongst the madness of the market. The Hawley Arms (said to have been a regular haunt of Amy Winehouse) is also well worth a visit – you can actually purchase chips by the pint here.
8. Check out Camden’s live music scene
We couldn’t exactly write a Camden round-up post without mentioning it’s buzzing live music scene, now could we? Check out the Roundhouse, The Electric Ballroom, The Camden Assembly (formerly The Barfly) and The Jazz Cafe – all their websites give you loads of info on what’s coming up. The Jazz Cafe also provides some excellent nosh, by the way.
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