Experience the buzzing music scene in Camden, where the canal’s a calm retreat from the colourful streets
Stroll through Camden on your first day in London and feel your eyes tingle with wonder. A visual feast, this eclectic neighbourhood is also a myriad of things to do and see. Once home to musical legends Bob Dylan and Amy Winehouse, enjoy some of the best live music in the world, spend hours exploring Camden Market, dine yourself silly and soak up the art scene.
Turn left outside the station and a host of high street shops and restaurants await. Check out the Blues Kitchen for authentic American diner-style burgers and awesome live Blues music. Or head in the other direction towards the lock, where the funky-coloured shops adorned with dragons, roses and skulls leap from the walls. Walk a bit further and enter The Stables. Once a horse hospital, this quirky labyrinth of original collectibles and vintage furniture feeds your mind and eyes.
Grab a homemade ice cream and wander along the canal. Wave to people on the boats, passing by. Hit Proud Galleries for a walk through rock’s iconic art history. Hang around and witness the transformation of this painstakingly restored venue from gallery by day to rock heaven by night. Need a moment’s calm? Hop on a bus to Primrose Hill for the best outdoor view in London (you might spot a few famous peeps sharing the green). Choose Camden as your home and have a vibrant base from which to explore all of London’s museums and sites, as well as UCL, SOAS, UAL and London School of Pharmacy.