How to spend a day in Camden Town, London
Camden Town is on your list of places to visit in London. Find out in this article how to spend a day in Camden Town and the best activities, excursions available and much more!
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Camden Town is known as one of London’s alternative districts. A succession of boutiques, each more original than the last, a slightly bohemian atmosphere and, above all, some very unlikely store fronts. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s on offer in Camden Town.
Camden Town is a great place to spend a few hours discovering this slightly different part of London. It’s also a great place to stay during your trip to London if you’re looking for something original and a local experience.
In this article, I share with you what to do in Camden Town, the best activities in my opinion, and also some tips for visiting this part of London. You’ll also discover how to spend a day in Camden Town.
Best things to do in Camden Town, London
Eating at Camden Market
When you visit Camden Food Market, you’ll discover that there are plenty of food stalls from all over the world. Whether you’re looking for Thai food or an American-style burger, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Camden Food Market.
There are a few places where you can sit down to enjoy your meal, but these places get taken up very quickly. So be prepared to eat standing up or sitting on stairs.
Visit the stores at Camden Market
As well as serving food, Camden Market has a wide range of stores to suit all tastes. You’ll find second-hand stores, manga shops and souvenir stores with lots of London merchandise. There really is something for every taste and budget.
Stroll down Camden High Street
This is the iconic street you’ve probably seen in photos. For me, one of the best things you can do in Camden Town is simply to stroll down Camden High Street, discovering the most unlikely and original shopfronts possible while listening to any style of music. Yes, every store plays its own music. It’s a great way to get into the Camden mood.
The street is also home to many alternative stores. Don’t hesitate to negotiate prices if you don’t see any on the articles. There’s often plenty of room for negotiation!
Photographing the Amy Winehouse statue
Take a stroll through Stable Market, part of Camden Market, and you’ll see the Amy Winehouse statue. The singer lived in the area for many years and also worked in various Camden Town venues.
For fans, you’ll find a giant graffiti of her just behind The Hawley Arms. It’s a place where the singer used to hang out.
Visit the Cyber Dog
Even if you’re not planning to shop at the Cyber Dog, I still recommend a visit. It’s virtually impossible to pass by without noticing. Two enormous statues of metallic robot dogs stand thundering at the entrance to the Cyber Dog.
The Cyber Dog is a bit like a nightclub, with music, neon lights and a night-time atmosphere. Nevertheless, it’s still a store that sells fairly fluorescent and original clothing and accessories. It has several floors, some of them reserved for adults.
Visit Camden with a guide
If you’d like to discover Camden Town’s lesser-known sights and secrets, I recommend a guided tour. You can find some tours on GetYourGuide, such as this one.
I think it’s a great way to discover the neighborhood’s hidden spots and learn a few anecdotes.
Sailing the Regent’s Canal
This is a rather unlikely activity to take part in, but one that’s really top-notch and offers a unique experience in Camden Town. There are several “cruises” of varying lengths to take you around Camden. The boat tour usually takes in the zoo, Regent’s Park and the Hampstead Road Lock.
You can book your tickets directly on getyourguide or by clicking on this link. This will help you avoid queues when buying your ticket!
Watching street art
Camden Town is home to some of the finest graffiti to be found in London. They’re easy to spot as you walk down the street.
Don’t hesitate to head off in the direction of Kentish Town Road, where you’ll find plenty of magnificent graffiti in every color! Buck Street and Kentish Town Road are also good places to see graffiti.
How do I get to Camden Town?
Camden Town is very easy to get to from London, using the Underground. If you’re coming from the city center, Camden Town is accessible via the Northern Line to Camden Town station.
From the station, it’s just a few minutes’ walk to the center of the district’s festivities and attractions.
When to visit Camden Town?
Camden Town is a place you can visit pretty much any day, at any time. And yes, you can even go there at night to party.
However, if you want to get the full 100% experience, I’d advise you to go at the weekend. It may be more crowded, but all the stands are open and the atmosphere is great. You can avoid the crowds by going early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Personally, I visited this place on a Tuesday. It was busy, but not overly so. Of course, some stalls were closed, but that didn’t affect my Camden Town experience.
Where to stay in Camden Town?
As mentioned above, Camden Town is also a great place to stay during your trip to London. It’s not necessarily the most popular area for travelers, as it’s not directly in the center of London. But Camden Town offers a taste of local London life. And what’s more, there are plenty of great places to eat too!
$ – Selina Camden