The weather has got colder, the night draws in faster, and the Festive Season is approaching. London is a magical place around this time of year with celebrations and times of joy.
There are many things to do around Euston, Kings Cross, Camden Town and the West End to celebrate the nearing of the end of 2018.
The British Museum is always an impressive museum to visit with its historical and free exhibitions. The Bloomsbury Theatre or the Charles Dickins Museum, or the truly interesting Wellcome Collection.
It’s also a busy time with shopping, for gifts and treats. As the cold sets in it’s a good idea to keep warm – either indoors at one of Euston’s museums or shops, or some warm food.
Drummond Street is home to some of the UK’s best Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants serving warm, freshly prepared meals all following traditional recipes. Restaurants such as Ravi Shankar, Chutney’s or Diwana are all well worth a visit, or try some incredible Italian food from Brizzi’s, some Asian food from BinBin Q, or the delightful African Kitchen.
Top off the meal with some shopping – traditional Indian sweets from Ambala, or flavoursome spices from Indian Spice Shop, or heath products (perhaps planning a new year detox?) from Bio-Organix.
All that said, nothing beats a day of shopping and sight-seeing in London followed by a nice, warm meal at Drummond Street.
Transport for London chose a Saturday night to update their tube map which includes an interchange at Camden Town, showing the short walk from Camden Town underground station to Camden Road overland station.
You can’t sneak these things past our eagle eyes, TFL!
Camden Town station is on the Northern Line, and is a central changing point for those wishing to travel southbound via Bank or Charing Cross, not northbound to either High Barnet or Edgware.
At busy times on weekends it’s recommended to take a short walk to either Chalk Farm station or Morning Crescent station to avoid the crowds.
Camden’s Stables Market is always full of activity and during the festive month they’re certainly getting into the spirit of things. A Christmas grotto for the kids? Festive music? Craft workshops? You’ve come to the right place.
When it’s cold we like to eat warm food. Good, warm food that is. Drummond Street has quite possibly the best Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants in the UK, mixed with an African and Italian restaurant too. After shopping, go eating.
Christmas. We think Santa, presents, food, wine, family, and good times. However in Camden we have a few special local additions to this tradition.
Camden Town is blessed to have what is now considered to be one of the best UK breweries – Camden Town Brewery. Like many tables around the country there will be a few bottles of wine and beer on them on Christmas Day.
It’s always good to support local business (that’s our excuse anyway) of which Camden Town Brewery is one. You can stock up on beer form their Brewery just off Prince of Wales Road, online or through craft beer shops and supermarkets.
Confused which beers to get? Camden Town Brewery has a helpful page introducing you to the range of beers available.
Bio Organix owner, Bak, is a winner of the sought-after Camden Inspire Award from 2017. We caught up with him as the Camden Inspire Awards 2018 approaches.
How did you come across the Camden Inspire Awards last year?
I got an email from Georgie and participated. It was great- first time- obviously we got the award and it was very exciting.
How has your experience been ever since? Do you believe it has helped you in terms of growth? I’ve seen the poster on your wall, do you think small things like that helped?
Definitely, it did to some extent, when we got the award we posted on social media and people were appreciative. Whoever voted always asked by email or otherwise that we got it and it was a really nice experience to see people’s engagement. We got very good feedback through the process and my customers were very excited.
You won the prize for most vibrant retail – what do you think differentiates you from other contestants?
We are slightly different from other contestants because we are an ethical type of business, with a focus on healthy products. I believe that we are differentiated because of the type of products that our store has and our customers can appreciate the healthy, environmental and ethical aspects of our trade.
What do you think it takes to be the most vibrant retail business around?
Number one the vibrant business category has really excited customers who want you to be here, not die quickly. They support your business and allow it to thrive in the community – they are even more enthusiastic than we are! It’s a small business, healthy, natural – those things all play a part in the success of the store! Offering our customers a good service, including a discount, fair prices and be appreciative of your local customer base.
What’s one piece of advice to someone that wants to start a vibrant retail business in Camden?
My advice would be to have the skill and business knowledge, but even more so have the passion and the vision. If you have that, then you can bring the creativity, energy and enthusiasm into your work. Without those elements, the business will tire and persistence will fade away after some time. This is especially true given the challenges of the modern businessman, and the economic struggles. Having passion for your job entails being connected to your customers, and there’s no better way to create strong bonds other than having enthusiasm for what it is that you do.
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.
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.
Christmas is coming to Camden, come and enjoy the atmosphere and pick up some incredible gifts to put under the tree.
Camden Town Brewery has teamed up with Homeslice to make a beer just for them.
Beer and pizza, what a fabulous combination. Camden Town Brewery has created a crisp, easy-drinking lager for Homeslice. The Pilsner-based lager doesn’t have the ingredients on the tin because the recipe will change seasonally.
A new documentary, Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, has been announced.
The new documentary will follow the story of the making of her last album, Back to Black, which shows unseen footage of Amy and interviews with producers and musicians such as Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi.
The bonus on the DVD/Blu-Ray/digital documentary is “An Intimate Evening in London,” with footage of Amy Winehouse’s performance at Riverside Studios on February 10th 2008. That was she night she won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year (Rehab) and accepted it over satellite linkup.
This is the follow-up documentary to “Amy”, which was released in 2016 and went on to win the Oscar Award for Best Documentary.
We’re looking forward to watching the new Amy Winehouse documentary, due for release November 2nd 2018.