Shopping in Camden. And drinks. And concerts. And etc…

Shopping in London is always an experience: Regent Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Soho, Kensington High Street and an endless etcetera… One of the places you should not miss under any circumstances is the Camden district, which has become one of London’s most popular, and probably most authentic, districts. Here you will find a mix of pubs, tea shops, restaurants and shops, all with one common denominator: alternative music.

A stroll along Camden High Street admiring the window displays is not to be missed. Their façades are just great. Punk clothing, vintage boots, tattoos … everything blends in a way that is as chaotic as it is harmonious.

While most people take the tube directly to Camden Town and stick to the main street and the markets, I have decided to propose an itinerary that will allow you to spend the whole day there, beginning right down in Regent’s Park, just south of Camden. Yes, a 24h route from Baker St to the heart of Camden. Here we go.

Part One, from breakfast to lunch:

Get up very early in the morning, eat breakfast and take the tube to Baker Street. I think starting the day off with a bit of popular culture is a good idea, and this is a great way to wake up.

Enter Regent’s Park, head for the Inner Circle to admire The Holme (mansion) and make the most of the occasion by stopping for a coffee. And if you are already hungry, have lunch.

Another option, if you’re traveling with children, could be to spend less time in the museums and take a trip to the zoo. Even if just for a couple of hours. The kids will love it. The zoo houses a wide variety of animals and offers many varied activities that many of us may not be accustomed to. The idea would be to do something like this:

After lunch, head to the heart of Camden.


The itinerary is as follows:

In the first part we had just crossed the park and were headed toward the aforementioned tube station, Camden Town. But be warned: it is closed on Sundays to avoid the chaos of so many people shopping and drinking. Along the way we will pass very close to The Jewish Museum London. If you have the time, it’s worth a look in, as the items on display range from the shoes of a gentleman murdered in Auschwitz to a tanner’s tools, jewellery, religious items, works of art, etc.


Once you have reached Camden – not before 3 pm – the fun really begins. Shops, shops and more shops. While I have marked out a route so you don’t get lost, the truth is that the best thing to do is dive right into Camden Stables Market, get lost in Camden Lock Village beside the canals and feast on fish and chips.


Before you know it, it’ll be dinner time. And as you’ve seen, you’re spoilt for choice here. From street falafels to the most chic restaurants. So make the most of it, after all, you’re in Camden.

After dinner, you’ll have noticed there are numerous pubs in the area. Choosing is a real dilemma if you’re only staying one night. Anyway, here are two pubs that are not to be missed:

The Monarch, quiet during the morning, very lively at night. And with live entertainment on weekends.

Hawley Arms, a famous pub that is a good meeting place. Which is it? It’s the one with the red façade.

After a pint or two, if you have any energy left, head to Chalk Farm tube station. It’s close by. And if you have time, at lease pop in to the Roundhouse. This was built in the mid-19th century as a place for repairing steam engines, though today it serves as a cultural centre that hosts art exhibitions in addition to theatre, live music, dance, installations, new media, etc. If you are a young creator, make sure to drop in. It doesn’t matter what time. There is always something interesting going on.

If you go to London, I hope you make a point of visiting Camden. There’s nothing quite like it. Remember you can download a free map of London from here as well as an mp3 audio guide to the city, the best way to see the sights while listening to descriptions of their history etc. If it were not for your camera, you could pass as unnoticed as any Londoner with their obligatory headphones.

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