If you find yourself bored by the more traditional aspects of London tourism, Camden Town offers a fascinating alternative destination that contains formative elements of London’s cultural history over the last fifty years and beyond. Camden is the logical conclusion of a place that’s been trendy for decades. Hippies, punks, Goths and nameless modern indie kids blending their cultural signifiers with zeal. The first stop for tourists should be Camden Market, a dizzying maze of colours, delicious food and crazy clothes. From vintage to cyberpunk, the market represents a very specific alternative cultural history, and is a fantastic place to spend the day, and that’s without getting started on Camden’s extraordinary range of pubs, restaurants and live venues.
Just up the road from the tube station, the Holiday Inn London Camden Lock is the best situated of the Camden Hotels. Featuring all the modern amenities, plus a quality Mediterranean restaurant in the form of Terranea. Many of the bedrooms look out onto scenic Camden lock and the bustling high street.
Ifor Evans Hall is a university residence in a very desirable part of town. Like all uni halls, it’s a modest affair with not too much in the way of customer service, but the rooms are comfortable, private and above all affordable.
Alternatively, the two star Camden Lock Hotel is a pretty typical family-run place, with furnishings a little worn but rooms essentially clean and comfortable.
Hotels in Camden are close to Camden Town Station, which is on the Northern Line at the intersection between the East and West branches.
Camden Town is a major junction on the Northern Line and is adjacent to Chalk Farm and Kentish Town in the north and Mornington Crescent and Euston in the south. Located in Zone 2, in the London Borough of Camden it's one of only eight London Underground stations to have an air-raid shelter underneath it.
The popularity of the area with its high street shops and famous markets is almost entirely due to Camden's associations with popular culture. Synonymous with Rock, Punk, and Goth subcultures for decades, the markets are a popular place for young people to buy 'alternative' clothing, make-up, jewellery and records. Furthermore, because of the area's notoriety many visitors choose to stay in Camden Town hotels.
There are many good hotels near Camden Town Station and other low cost options such as youth hostels for backpackers are also available. In fact, Camden Town hotels vary widely in style and there are options for all tastes and budgets.
Regents Park is just a short walk from most of the hotels near Camden Town Station, a large and picturesque public space; the park has rose gardens which are beautiful and fragrant in the spring and a boating lake with ducks and geese during summer. The London Zoo, which is also worth a visit, is to the north of the park.
The Roundhouse is close to several Camden Town hotels such as the 5 star St Martins Lane retreat. It became a popular music venue in the 1960s. Originally a railway building, The Roundhouse re-opened in 2006 and has seen a recent revival. It hosted concerts by The Doors, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix in its heyday and has since seen performances by the likes of The Streets, Oasis, British Sea Power and The Kooks.
Other notable venues in the area include The World's End and has been a public house since the year 1778. It was originally known as 'The Mother Red Cap' and then 'The Red Cap' and it featured in the film Withnail and I.
Miso Noodle Bar on Hawley Crescent offers Japanese inspired dishes such as hot ramen broth and stir fries while Veg on Kentish Town Road serves a cheap vegetarian Thai Buffet. If you can't resist an Indian meal there's The Bengal Lancer on Kentish Town Road and many open-air, small, market kitchens operate in the Camden Lock area serving hot food to go.
The majority of Camden bars are dominated by Indie, Punk, Goth and Rock vibes. KoKo which used to be called 'The Camden Palace' hosts well known acts from around the world and is especially known for the Dance and Rock musicians who perform there. The chameleon-like, Electric Ballroom becomes part of Camden Market by day and turns into a rock club and music venue at night.
For a cocktail bar in the heart of Camden try Lock 17 on the canal, candle lit and contemporary, the bar has leather sofas and features DJs and occasional live performances. Alternatively, why not have a laugh at Jongleurs, Camden's famous comedy club which is also at Camden lock, comics to have performed there include Julian Clary, Jack Dee, Ruby Wax and Steve Coogan.
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|3||Holiday Inn London Camden Lock||0.3km|
|Regents Park Residence||0.7km|
|3||Camden Lock Hotel||0.7km|
|1||Ifor Evans Hall||0.7km|
|Old Town Apartments||0.8km|
|3||Travelodge London Euston||0.8km|
|2||Ibis London Euston||1.4km|
|3||Corner House Hotel||1.4km|
|4||Novotel London Euston||1.6km|
|4||Renaissance St Pancras London||1.6km|
|4||Melia White House Hotel||1.6km|
|3||Premier Travel Inn London Euston||1.6km|
|4||Hilton London Euston||1.7km|
|2||Lisa Court Hotel||1.7km|