Introduction to Camden
Camden is a place synonymous with music above all else; from its many rock, punk and heavy metal themed bars, clubs and venues to the sheer number of shops and stools associated with various musical cultures and their own varying items and accessories, the chances are that if you ask most people what they think of when Camden is mentioned in a conversation, it will invariably revolve around music or various musical cultures and subcultures. But beyond that is a large and varied area of North London with many things to offer to everyone.
History of Camden
Camden was originally named after Charles Pratt, the first Earl of Camden, a rather radical politician and lawyer who acquired the manor through marriage. In 1791 he began granting leases for the building of houses in the manor of Kentish Town, the land of which is where Camden Town now stands. It is also worth noting that in 1816 the Regent’s Canal was built through the area. But it was only after the mid 20th that Camden Town stopped being seen as an unfashionable place. One of the most important elements of Camden is its markets; opened in 1973, Camden Markets are an attraction to visitors week in and out without exception on pretty much every and any day.
Transportation in Camden
Camden Town underground station is a frequently used station on the Northern line, about 15 minutes by train from Waterloo. Kentish Town and Chalk Farm stations are right nearby and only a bus ride or a fast walk away. Transport by bus is really easy to almost any part of London. Its close proximity to Islington makes travel to there a very simple matter.
Going out in Camden
Being out and about in Camden is very popular among Londoners and tourists from all over the world, with its universal musical cultures such as Rock, Punk, and Heavy Metal, as well as other cultures like Drum and Bass and Hip Hop. The World’s End pub, only a couple of minutes walk from the station, has one of the longest bars in the world, offers a massive selection of beers, and it is commonly used as a venue for bands of the rock and metal genres, whilst the Electric Ballroom is a club which hosts gothic, alternative, metal and punk nights on different times of the month and is certainly an experience to put it mildly. If you are looking more for bars with less of an obvious theme, try the Camden Eye (which serves wood-fired pizza!) or the Blues Kitchen, which offers Cajun food and live blues.
Attractions in Camden
Camden Market is the most obvious attraction in London, with its numerous shops and stalls offering mostly an alternative flavour based around subcultures such as Goth, Metal and Punk, but also very much offer interest to anyone of any kind who finds unusual and intriguing items a fascination. The Roundhouse, formerly a Victorian railway shed, is now a massive venue offering live music, alternative theatre and circus acts; definitely worth exploring if you want to experience new things! Proud Camden is a live music venue for eclectic events well worth exploring, while the Camden Arts Centre and the Jewish Museum are both worth checking out if you want to learn about art or history in a way unique to Camden, respectively.