Thinking of moving to Camden?
If you’re looking for a lively and eclectic place to call home, Camden could be the right place for you. From the colourful streets, exciting music scene and regular celebrity sightings, Camden offers an entirely unique London experience.
Nestled into North London, along the banks of Regents Canal, the NW1 and NW5 area is known for its alternative culture scene. Residents enjoy the busy streets and markets and a very busy night life all week long. If you want to be close to live music venues, amazing green spaces and have almost limitless culinary options, Camden should meet all your needs.
The borough of Camden, as it exists now, was created in 1965 when the boroughs of Holborn, Hampstead and St Pancras were combined. However, there have been settlers in the area since the Mesolithic age.
Camden Town, the heart of the borough, is named after the first Earl of Camden Charles Pratt. Thanks to its location on the river and the excellent transportation links, the area enjoyed great growth during the 18th and 19th century.
In the 1970’s the warehouses and locks were transformed from relics of the industrial age into tourist destinations, and the area has grown in popularity ever since.
The Camden culture
Camden has a unique culture built on an eclectic, alternative and diverse population. This special energy attracts a very youthful demographic, with the majority of the area’s residents being aged between 18 and 35. Moving here, you’ll experience the vibrant sense of community, which uniquely for London has residents staying for years, upsizing instead of moving out.
Key to the success of Camden is the amazing music and food culture. In fact, the area’s the fourth most popular tourist destination in London. The neighbourhood’s famous live music venues have launched many huge music careers and become staple nights out for the locals. Visit the infamous The Dublin Castle, Electric Ballroom, Jazz Café, and The Camden Roundhouse to find your own rising star.
If your thing is exploring new cuisine, you’ll struggle to find anywhere better than Camden. From cheap street food from around the world to luxury restaurants in the stylish Primrose Hill area, you can find almost anything.
If you’re new to the area or want to learn more before your move, our Area orientation service was made for you. Enjoy a personalised tour of Camden and handpicked hotspots that meet your needs.
Things to do in Camden
With so many things to do in the bustling area of Camden, we’ve managed to shortlist our favourite activities:
• Camden Market – visit one of the world’s largest eclectic and alternative fashion markets, where you can find clothing, accessories, music and books.
• Cheese Bar – located inside Camden Market, this is a must for cheese lovers. With specialist cheeses, and a cheese-based menu, this is a must try.
• Visit Odettes – this luxurious Primrose Hill restaurant from Bryn Williams is one of our favourite places to visit. End your meal with stroll through the leafy streets.
• Walk the Grand Union Canal – nothing takes away the stress of the day like a long leisurely walk along the water.
• Find a rising star – the musical legacy draws rising artists and established pros from across the world. Head out to a live music venue and see a new artist on their rise to the top.
Where to live in Camden
Due to its popularity, Camden Town is one of the most expensive places to live in London. The area is popular with young professionals and city workers, who are drawn in by the lifestyle, transport links and varied housing market in Camden.
You’ll find a mixture of Victorian and Georgian terraced houses, apartment blocks and large Victorian homes around Camden. And if you are looking for a modern property, there are new developments like Belvard Point and XY residential available.
The upmarket, more exclusive area of Primrose Hill is favoured by families and professionals but homes here come at a premium, with the average sale price being well over £1.5 million.
There are, however, affordable properties available: apartments are priced most reasonably, and houses in the Greenland Road and Georgiana Street areas offer more for your money.
If you need help finding your perfect Camden home, let our Home finding experts help.
Family life and schools in Camden
Camden might seem like an unusual choice for a family, but the area is actually a popular family location and has excellent schooling options. Two of the most popular and best performing schools are Camden School for Girls and the Regents High School.
Camden Town is very busy and has a reputation for eccentricity, and also unfortunately for petty crime. So many families look to the Primrose Hill area when moving to Camden: it’s quieter, safer and has great access to green spaces.
If you’re new to the area and moving with a family, our School Search experts are here to help match you to the best schools for you family’s needs.
Camden benefits from great travel links, being located in Zone 2 with access to good bus routes, tube stations, and being highly walkable.
The main tube station is Camden Town, from which you can access the Northern line and the London Overground services. For more tube lines, you can easily walk to other tube stops such as Kings Cross St Pancras or Euston in under 20 minutes. There is also a good bus service running to and from Camden, and a large number of cycle routes for those looking to avoid public transport.
How can we help with your Camden move?
If you are looking to move to or from Camden, we are here to help. We have the local knowledge, as well as 120 of experience in expert removals. No matter what your needs, we have the home moving knowledge to make your Camden move easy.