Since the center of London’s alternative music scene, Camden buzzes with energy. But its creative spirit is not restricted to gig places. You’ll also find it in the neighborhood’s many shops, markets, and restaurants. A day is simply not enough to take in everything the area has to offer you.
10 am: Start with a Wholesome brunch
Step out of Camden Town Tube station and Have a stroll along Camden High Street, the neighborhood’s a busy thoroughfare. It’s here where you’ll get a sense of Camden’s anarchic soul – take in colorful shopfronts, hear the buzz out of tattoo parlors and love street performers and buskers. You ought to become Camden Market, but you’ll need to fuel up before you begin shopping. There are some fantastic brunch choices in Camden, but if you are trying to start your day the healthy way, stop off at Mildred’s on Jamestown Road and fill up on one of the restaurant’s great vegetarian breakfasts.
Having a full stomach, you now have the ability to research Camden Market. It is easy to while away the hours researching the maze of stalls and vendors spread out along Regent’s Canal, under railway arches and even in horse stables. You can purchase everything, from alternative fashion to retro antiques and handmade gifts. Do not overlook Cyberdog, a three-floor neon-lit store dedicated to rave culture, complete with live actors.
2 pm: Catch some world-class road food
When you do start feeling peckish again, Camden Market’s West Yard food hall serves up some of the very best international road food in London. Culture Trip recommends picking up some halloumi chips from Oli Baba’s and – if the weather’s right finding a spot along Regent’s Canal to sit and revel in your food at sunlight. For dessert, head to Chin Chin Labs to experience ice cream as you have never had it frozen with liquid nitrogen and served up in a variety of inventive new flavors.
3 pm: Take a cruise across Regent’s Canal onto a waterbus
After all that shopping, it’s time to unwind. From Camden Lock, you can jump on a narrowboat and take a leisurely cruise along Regent’s Canal. The London Waterbus Company runs hourly excursions that take you past pretty residential homes, through London Zoo — together with the opportunity to enter the zoo in a discounted price – before finishing up at exquisite Little Venice, a manicured canal place. A round trip from Camden Lock to Little Venice should require a bit under two hours.
5 pm: Sip a pint at a mythical Camden pub
Camden’s many bars will be filling up at this time, particularly on weekends. There are plenty of beer gardens to enjoy in the summer season, with the roof garden at Fest Camden, located in the Stables Market, especially good. For something a bit more rough and ready, visit The Hawley Arms, a favorite of the late Amy Winehouse, who lived in Camden.
8 pm: See some live music at one of Camden’s many venues
Watching live music is the perfect way to round off your day in Camden. The area has been the city’s go-to incredible gigs, together with the likes of The Clash, Jimi Hendrix and, of course, Amy Winehouse having played a number of the first UK shows here. Whether you would like to vibe to jazz and soul in the Jazz Café, have a look at a new action at the Roundhouse or dancing the night away at KOKO, the options are endless.