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10 Things To Do In Camden this January

2019 is off to a great start! As always, Camden Town has plenty of interesting and fun things to do. Here’s our top 10:
  1. Veganuary

‘Tis the month to be healthy. This doesn’t mean sacrificing on taste. Camden Market has arguably the best selection of vegan restaurants and food stalls in the UK. Don’t just keep it for January, they are there all year round.

vegan food

  1. The Face exhibition

It’s on only until the end of January, The Face magazine was controversial and created a modern lifestyle movement. See their display of magazine covers near Kings Cross.

The Face exhibition

  1. Open a shop at Camden Market!

Ever wanted to? We’ve written an article with all the details on who to contact. Be it a small stall or a full shop, will 2019 be the year to join the Camden team?

Monopoly art Camden

  1. Play some retro games

80’s gaming is cool. Holborn Library are hosting gaming events to celebrate the old style games. If you are an expert gamer or have never played before, this is a fun evening out.

Game Over flyer

  1. Disco time!

The Gibson Brothers from France hit the Jazz Café on January 26th. Their party anthems will get your feet shuffling!

  1. Try a new restaurant

We recently visited the new restaurant in Coal Drops Yard – hicce – and loved every bite of food we had. Friendly service and incredible food.

hicce restaurant

  1. Jim James at Camden Roundhouse

Jim James is the vocalist of My Morning Jacket, and he comes to Roundhouse to perform his first ever solo UK show. Tuesday 29th January – if you’re a fan get your tickets now.

  1. See some live music

The Monarch in Camden has some great bands playing this month. From rock to pop to acoustic, this venue also has a good selection of drinks to enjoy while you listen to the bands.

  1. I am Ashurbanipal exhibition

The British Museum is showing an exhibition about Ashurbanipal, who was the most powerful man on earth. See the exhibition all throughout January.

  1. Living with buildings

This fascinating exhibition is at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road. Learn how building sizes, shapes, designs and colours interact with our emotions.

wellcome

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Camden Market’s Christmas Takeover

Camden Town knows how to throw a good party, and as the festive season approached Camden Market is getting ready to welcome Santa and his elves.

The Christmas Grotto will be activity themed where kids (and adults!) can join the elves in making toys and preparing Santa’s favourite gingerbread.

Children will help the elves decorate the fresh batch of gingerbread before meeting Father Christmas himself. Ministry of Fun has created the grotto, who are known to have produced some of London’s best Christmas grottos.

Book your tickets for Santa’s Grotto for dates between 24th November to December 23rd 2018.

naked dough gingerbread

To make the market even more like the North Pole there will be snow flurries every hour, and festive music on weekends from local choirs. Add to this the craft workshops and traditional fairground games and we’re all in for a festive treat.

To top it off the over 1000 vendors in the markets will be serving food and drink, many adding Christmas themed menus to truly get visitors into the Christmas spirit.

Camden toy shop

Christmas is coming to Camden, come and enjoy the atmosphere and pick up some incredible gifts to put under the tree.

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Camden Market voted one of the 7 Urban Wonders of the World 2018

Camden Market has been selected as one of the 7 Urban Wonders of the world in a poll conducted by Hilton Hotels who teamed up with LikeWhere using influencers and travellers worldwide.

The research considered local cuisine, heritage, architecture, culture, and diversity.

The Seven Wonders are:

  • Louvre, Abu Dhabi – Since opening in 2017, the Louvre, Abu Dhabi has instantly become one of the best art galleries in the world, featuring impressive installations, including Animals, Between Real and Imaginary and Japanese Connections: The Birth of Moden Décor.
  • Sydney Opera House, Sydney – The iconic Sydney Opera House scored high among travellers, not only for its cultural contribution to the city, but also its position as a very Instagrammable viewpoint, looking out to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

sydney-opera-house-australia

  • Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo – With food and flea markets scoring high on travel preferences, this mega fish market fits the bill for modern travellers. With major changes due to take place in October 2018, including relocation to a new site nearby, this is a wonder set to evolve.
  • Camden Market, London – Another one of the world’s most prominent food and flea markets, Camden Market has always had a rebellious and exciting persona, appealing to younger travellers throughout the decades.

Camden Lock We're Open

  • The Bund, Shanghai – As one of the city’s most historic features, this mile-long stretch of waterfront features 52 historical structures known locally as the ‘museum of buildings’.
  • Temple Street Night Markets, Hong Kong – The markets are one of the city’s most vibrant meeting points, showcasing cultures, foods and craft goods; a winning combination among modern travellers surveyed.
  • Albertina, Vienna – With history and art galleries continuing to be a major draw when on holiday, Albertina is one of the world’s finest examples. Set in a former Habsburg palace, but with modern, striking extensions, the building is also one of Vienna’s most photographed, with more than 70,000 posts on Instagram.

The survey included over 2000 18 – 35 year olds. Read the full Hilton article here.

If you haven’t visited Camden Market before, now you have even more reason to do so!

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Amy Winehouse Will Come Back To Life in 2019

An Amy Winehouse hologram will tour the world next year.

A hologram of Amy Winehouse is due to hit the road towards the end of 2019, will be projected onto stage with a full live backing band.

The hologram, which has in the past been used to bring artist such as Tupac and Michael Jackson, will be on tour and raise funds for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Amy Winehouse Singing

Amy Winehouse is one of Camden’s best known celebrities, having released two albums, ‘Frank’ and ‘Back to Black.’

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It’s 2 Minutes From Euston Station. Is It Better Than Brick Lane?

Drummond Street is London’s most famous restaurant street, in particular Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants. We went for lunch, took some photos, and had a look around. It’s been said that it’s “Better than Brick Lane”, so we put it to the test.

Drummond Street is a 2 minute walk from Euston station, and as you enter the street you’re greeted by the incredible Indian Spice shop. They opened in 1981 and the owner, Harish, is delighted to tell people which ingredients they need to make their own Indian foods. For those of you handy in the kitchen, this is a must visit. Take a look at the Drummond Street website.

For lunch we quite fancied some Indian food, which on a hot day didn’t seem like the best idea at first. We went to Diwana Bhel Phoori House, the UK’s first vegetarian Indian restaurant, and they had a beautiful looking buffet set out. For those who work in the area, not only do they get an extremely tasty meal, you can arrive eat all you can, and be out in just a few minutes. The food was spectacular.

Drummond Street Curry

Ravi Shankar, and the famous Chutney’s, along with the other restaurants, offer a weekly lunchtime buffet.

Ravi Shankar Drummond Street
Ravi Shankar vegetarian restaurant on Drummond Street

To finish off the visit we went to Ambala, the well-known Indian sweet shop and saw their huge selection of traditional Indian sweets. Fortunately, their staff explained to us the different flavours and types, so we of course choose the one with the coolest name and prettiest colour… and took a few with us for the week too.

We heard the laughter coming from Brizzi’s Italian restaurant, so dipped in to get a coffee. The wonderful and flamboyant Mr Brizzi himself made one of the best (and cheapest!) cups of coffee we’ve ever had, and showed us the downstairs restaurant. What a gem of a place! He’s been there since 1984, and his regular customers include Bono and Diego Maradona.

The shop that caught our attention, Bio-Organix, sells health products and supplements. Healthy tea, natural products to keep us in shape. What a great store. The owner is also happy to advise on healthy living.

Bio Organix Drummond Street
Bio Organix in Drummond Street

To put it simply, Drummond Street has the best Indian food in London. It’s historic and the restaurants keep to the original recipes – many of these restaurants still have the same chefs from many decades ago.

See more about the restaurants on shops on Drummond Street.

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Classic Album Covers Photographed In Camden Town

Camden Town has a rich history of music, art, and culture. It’s certainly played its part in the development of the British music scene. We take a look at some of the album covers that have been taken in the area.
The Clash – The Clash

This 1977 album from The Clash features an album cover taken in the Stables Market, and it’s appropriately the location for a classic punk rock album.

The Clash The Clash

The Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons

This album cover was photographed on Primrose Hill by Gered Mankowitz in 1966. Their ‘Between the Buttons’ album was released in 1967.

The Rolling Stones Between The Buttons

The Beatles – Abbey Road

One of the most famous albums of all time also has one of the most iconic covers. Abbey Road, named after the studio and the road they are crossing, is a timeless masterpiece.

The Beatles Abbey Road

David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

Yet another classic album, this time from David Bowie. The cover was photo’d at the K West in number 23 Heddon Street, W1.

David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

In the heart of the West End, The Oasis album cover was taken in Berwick Street. Look to the left and you’ll see the now closed down Select a Disc music shop.

Oasis whats the story morning glory

Madness – Absolutely

The second LP from Madness secured their place in musical history. The front cover shows the band members in front of Chalk Farm station.

Madness Absolutely

Greyhound – Black and White

The reggae band released Black and White in 1971. The photo, as you can see, was taken in Camden Town along the canal.

Greyhound Black And White

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Famous Bands Who’ve Played In Camden Town

Camden Town has a long history of being one of the most important places for live music in the world. We turn back the clocks to see who has played at some of the Camden venues.

KOKO, formerly known as The Camden Palace, hosted acts such as The Cure, Eurythmics, and the first UK show from a young rising star named Madonna. More recent performances include shows by Kasabian, Coldplay, Noel Gallagher.

The Dublin Castle, The Edinbro’ Castle, The Pembroke Castle and The Warwick Castle were each formed so that workers from different regions of the UK could have their own drinking spots. One of the main reasons was to keep them separated while drinking. Many drunken fights between the different groups led to the decision for each to have their own pub.

The Dublin Castle opened its doors to bands like Madness, Blur, The Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, and Amy Winehouse.

The recently closed The Good Mixer saw Britpop bands frequent their bar. Supposedly this is where Oasis and Blur used to drink and it is rumoured that the famous feud between Blur and Oasis started at The Good Mixer when one of the Gallagher’s said to Graham Coxon of Blur, “nice music, shit clothes.”

Dingwalls in Camden is a favourite venue of ours, and it has an amazing history when looking back at the bands who have played there. It first opened as a venue in 1973. Bands who played there include Foo Fighters, R.E.M, Imagine Dragons, The Drifters, The Darkness, The Strokes, and many more.

Electric Ballroom, the famous Camden music venue next to the Camden station. It has welcomed Snow Patrol, The Vaccines, Joy Division, The Smiths, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, and Garbage.

Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd

The Roundhouse has been a landmark in Camden for many years and the live performance space has seen many legendary performances. Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nils Frahm, The Who, The Doors, Dinosaur Jr, Machine Head are just some of the bands.

Jazz Café, now nicely refurbed, is still going strong. Over the years we’ve seen Don Cherry, the Herbaliser, London Elektricity, Archie Shepp, Cassandra Wilson, Baba Maal, Lee Scratch Perry, and a show from Cream’s Ginger Baker.

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Top 10 Things To Do in Camden Town

Camden Town is a must visit anyone coming to London. Famous for its music, markets, food and art, there’s plenty to do, so we’ve chosen some of the highlights for your visit. Here are our top things to do in Camden Town.

1. Camden Stables Market

If there’s one thing you must see in Camden it’s the Stables Market. Vintage clothes, CD’s and vinyl, food, household items and jewellery, and that’s just to name a few. It gets its name for having once been stables to horses, and a horse hospital. Now, it’s one of the largest markets in the world. It’s also where you will find the bronze Amy Winehouse statue.

Camden Stables Market

2. Shopping

Camden Town has independent shops with character. In the markets you will find trader selling clothing, antiques, fashion accessories, and more. Along the high street you will find some shops with eccentric decorations which can’t be missed. Whatever you do, make sure to visit the shops and stalls to remember your visit to Camden Town.

Shopping in Camden Town

3. Try all the delicious food places in Camden

Camden is blessed with some of London’s best restaurants. In the Middle Yard you will find KERB Camden, where stalls are set up to serve delicious street food, from burgers, wraps and international dishes to vegan and health conscious options. Looking to sit down after all the walking? Along the high street and side streets you’ll have plenty of choice.

Try all the delicious food places in Camden

4. Plenty of street art in Camden Town

On your visit to Camden you’ll notice the street art, a special part of Camden’s creative scene. Look out for the graffiti from famous artists and up-and-coming. Hawley Street, Hartland Road (or Artland Road as it’s sometimes called by locals) and Jamestown Road are just some of the places to visit.

Plenty of street art in Camden Town

5. Music venues such as Roundhouse host live bands

Every evening in Camden Town has live bands and artists performing. Camden is best known for its rock and punk bands, but nowadays you can hear anything from heavy metal to jazz and classical. For the bands about to break onto the scene visit The Dublin Castle, Camden Assembly, and Spiritual Bar. More established acts play at Roundhouse, Jazz Café, Electric Ballroom, and The Underworld.

Music venues such as Roundhouse host live bands

6. Take a walk or canal boat trip down Regent’s Canal

To get away from the hustle and bustle head on down to Regent’s Canal for a quiet but beautiful walk all the way to Little Venice. You’ll walk past London Zoo and magnificent houses, and importantly take in the atmosphere that the canal offers. Even better, take a canal boat tour.

Take a walk or canal boat trip down Regent's Canal

7. Stunning views of London from Primrose Hill

A short walk up from Camden Markets, Primrose Hill is one of London’s quaint areas. The highlight it to walk up to the top of the hill which offers spectacular views over London. On a sunny day, this is a spot that will give you memories forever.

Stunning views of London from Primrose Hill

8. Be sure to order a pint of beer from Camden Town Brewery

Camden has a lot of excellent bars, serving beer, wine, and cocktails. Hawley Arms on Hawley Road has a lovely roof terrace, Elephants Head is unmissable, The World’s End is huge and full of character, and The Spread Eagle on Parkway is recommended for a good pub lunch.

Be sure to order a pint of beer from Camden Town Brewery

9. Take a break in Regent’s Park

At the end of Parkway, the road that runs from Camden Town station, you will reach Regent’s Park, which is Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Enjoy the vast space and visit the inner circle for ponds, plants, and pleasantry.

Take a break in Regent's Park

Read our article about Regent’s Park.

10. Just Explore

There is so much to see and do in Camden Town. With its layout it’s virtually impossible to get lost, so don’t be afraid to stroll around, take in the history of the old buildings, see the markets, visit the boutique shops, and try the food stalls and cafes. Camden Town is truly unique, you’ll remember it forever.

People of Camden

In our first People of Camden series, we walked around Camden Town with camera in hand and met some lovely, interesting, and colourful locals and visitors. Take a look to see who we met.

 Keep on checking back for more #PeopleOfCamden, or Camden Punx as we call them, perhaps you’ll be featured!