All libraries in Camden to close!

For one day only, at least. On Friday 25 October 2019 Camden’s libraries will be closed for the day. This is to allow the library staff to attend a training and development day.

Having already invested £1.5 million in libraries, they’re continuing to promote excellence and the training day will be an important investment in staff.

There will be an extended loan period covering this date.  And the online services will still be available.

Normal opening hours will apply from Saturday 26 October.

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St Pancras International Beer Festival

St Pancras International’s Beer Festival is back for a second year, with free daily beer tasting sessions on the main concourse, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of a host of beer offers and giveaways available throughout a selection of the station’s pubs and bars.

As popularity of craft beers continues to rise, St Pancras International’s October Beer Festival is fast becoming a key date for beer connoisseurs. This year sees two full weeks of beer festivities at the station, celebrating its rich history with the brewing industry that stretches back 151 years.

Beer enthusiasts can also tune into Hoxton Radio on Friday 11 October, to listen to an exclusive all-day beer special, broadcasting live from the station. With exclusive interviews with some of the station’s best bar tenders and beer experts, Hoxton Radio will be tapping into the station’s brewing heritage.

As part of the festival, the station will be inviting its visitors to sample a number of different beers at a pop-up barrel bar on the main concourse, as well as some of the best brews from the station’s pubs and bars, including a Rugby World Cup Special Edition classic pale ale brewed with Japanese Sorachi. Tasting sessions will run daily, hosted by The Betjeman Arms, Sourced Market, The Barrel Vault and Le Pain Quotidien.

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5 Best YouTube guides of Camden Town

Camden Town is picturesque, and with so much going on it’s often documented in videos by visitors. Here are 5 of the best YouTube videos showcasing Camden Town as a tourist destination.
1. Talk a walk through Camden Town

2. A guide from Yellow Productions

3. 30 minute in-depth look

4. Eat. Sleep. Dream. Camden.

5. Rock ‘n Roll pub crawl video

Enough of the videos, now it’s time to visit Camden Town yourself!

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10 Things To Do In Camden this October

October. Christmas is coming at the speed of light! There’s always something to do in Camden Town, so here are 10 of the must-do’s.

1. Beer from Camden Town Brewery

Camden Town Brewery is available all throughout Camden. However if you’re further afield fear not, they have events planned across the country. Click to see if they’re coming to a town near you.


2. See a giant aubergine

You can’t miss it in the Stables Market at the North Yard. Try some of the incredible dishes on offer from some of the food stalls. It’s going to be tasty!

TheBigAubergine Camden Market3. Pub quiz at Lock Tavern

The fantastic Lock Tavern pub has launched a pub quiz! Fancy your chances? Head to the Lock Tavern pub on a Tuesday night.

lock tavern pub quiz4. Learn more about Camden

The Borough of Camden is more than just Camden Down. Click on the link above to see the areas that form a part of Camden.

5. Camden Oktoberfest

German beer all the way. October 5, 12, and 19th are the dates to enjoy Oktoberfest in Camden Town.


6. Christodoulos Panayiotou art exhibition

This is the first major UK exhibition of work by Christodoulos Panayiotou (b. 1978, Limassol, Cyprus). It brings together works from the last 10 years, many of which have not been shown in the UK before, and new commissions – activating Camden Arts Centre with a series of poetic interventions.

Christodoulos Panayiotou7. Shana Moulton exhibition

In Moulton’s first institutional solo show in the UK, new videos and sculptural installations commissioned by Zabludowicz Collection are presented alongside key recent projects. Worth a visit.

Shana-Moulton Camden8. Live music

You can’t say that you’ve been to Camden without having seen a live band. The Fiddler’s Elbow is a great venue to hear some local live talent.

9. Gary Numan at Roundhouse

The legend returns to Camden Town, this time hitting the stage of The Roundhouse in October. Prepare to be impressed.

Gary Numan10. Amazing African food

African Kitchen on Drummond Street is a real favourite. Unique, and delicious. You’ll enjoy every moment of it!

Africa Kitchen drummond

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Vagina Museum to open in Camden Town

There is a penis museum in Iceland. Yes, really. But there is no vagina equivalent anywhere in the world.

Florence and Zoe were pretty miffed when they learnt this but thought, there’s only one way to rectify this, by starting the world’s first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy.

Launching in November, the Vagina Museum will be hosting comedy shows, theatre plays and conversations all about the vagina.

The Vagina Museum is the world’s first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy. The project launched in March 2017 and ran pop ups around the UK. The first premises is opening in Camden Market in 2019 with a view to open a permanent premises in a few years time.

We have a vision of a world where no one is ashamed of their bodies, everyone has bodily autonomy and all of humanity works together to build a society that is free and equal.

vagina museum camden

There will be exhibitions and talks, such as Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them.

The address:

November. Vagina time.

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Giant Inflatable Aubergine installation lands in London

In true irreverent Camden Market style, a 10m inflatable giant aubergine installation was unveiled in London to mark the launch of its new restaurant and dining area.
In Camden Market style and to celebrate the launch of its North Yard new restaurant and dining area, a mini homage to the king of the nightshades commenced with the installation of a giant inflatable aubergine, a 400 free dishes giveaway and the launch of quirky and creative seasonal specials created by the North Yard traders, all dedicated to the purple vegetable.

Throughout North London, free aubergines are being handed out to either take home and cook, or exchange at one of the North Yard’s restaurants for one of the 400 free seasonal dishes giveaway.

Showcasing the creative culinary talent of the restaurants, cafes and delis across the North Yard – the aubergine special dishes will be available throughout the installation’s month long residency. Dishes range from Baba G’s aubergine inspired burger with deep-fried spiced aubergine in a tumeric-tempura batter with a coriander salsa and Baba G’s chilli sauce, Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner’s Mindful Moussaka Burger & Aubergine Fries  (spicy double ‘lam’ patty, crispy-fried smoked aubergine, melted smoked cheeze, marinara, basil pesto, black olives), The Cheese Bar’s ‘Aubergine Melt’ and there’s even an aubergine cocktail, courtesy of FEST, to name but a few.

camden market food

The World famous Camden Market is celebrating its 45th anniversary with the revitalisation of its North Yard. Beautifully restoring the space and its surrounding former horse hospital buildings, the North Yard is to become the ‘Camden Market’ for the local Londoner. Shop for fine food produce and Great Taste Awards exclusives, see food and drink artisans at work – from handmade fudge to butchery and cocktail masterclasses – or enjoy restaurant style dining from some of London’s finest street food pop ups turned bricks and mortar sites. Located at the foot of the Amy Winehouse memorial statue and accessible via the Chalk Farm Road entrance, Camden Market’s North Yard is an opportunity for Londoners to enjoy a quieter, slower paced Market experience. The North Yard will be a constantly evolving hub, with further new openings scheduled for later in 2019.

Visit the market to make the most of the food specials!

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A new look Lock Tavern

One of Camden’s most established and coolest pubs, The Lock Tavern, has had a refresh and makes it even more desirable to visit.

A more spacious bar area, a brand new menu, and a carefully selected range of beers and drinks, along with regular activities and events, there’s a reason to pop in to Lock Tavern in Camden every day!

Starting with the new menu, if you’re looking for fish and chips, burgers, pastas, and their highly-recommended curried cauliflower, there is something for everyone. Take a look at the menu here to make you feel hungry instantly.



Their new Tuesday night quiz night, which starts at 7pm, is set to be one of Camden Town’s main quiz nights. A quiz with good food and drinks, what’s better than that?

lock tavern quiz night

Don’t forget about their upstairs section which regularly hosts music events, and the impressively large and welcoming beer garden at the back is an absolute must on a sunny day.

The owners and staff clearly care about the pub, the refresh makes it even more friendly that before, and it’s a good all-round pub for a quiet drink followed by a vibrant night out.

Get on down to Lock Tavern at 25 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ.

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You’ve been warned – this will make you hungry!

Most people in Camden pop out for an evening meal after work at least once per week, because of the wide variety of restaurants in the area. We’ve been visiting a place that many locals have discovered recently and keep returning to.

The new menu from Music & Beans on Camden High Street, not too far from Koko, offers food that has so much flavour it makes us hungry even looking at the pictures. For example, the braised lemon chicken is served with Jerusalem pita and humus and salad, the vegan meze plate has all sorts of goodness put together, and the Mediterranean Buddha Bowl with roasted chic peas, sweet potato, carrot, aubergine and peppers on quinoa if one of those dishes where you think to yourself, “can food really taste this good?”

music and beans pork

The slow cooked lamb shwarma is second-to-none, and the salmon and sea bass are prepared in a way that it’s delivered with plenty of flavour.

music and beans plate

Veg, meat, fish, or just a few starters in the mix too, you’ll have such a nice choice, and a reason to go back to try the next item on the menu.

They have a good drinks and dessert menu too, the hot caramel brownie with ice cream tops a perfect meal off quite nicely. See the full menu here.

While you’re there, try one of their coffees, quite possibly the best coffee in Camden.

Music & Beans is on 82 Camden High St, London NW1 0LT.

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New Retail Scheme for Hawley Wharf

A new retail scheme is planned for Hawley Wharf which is situated right next to the famous Camden Stables Market.

The investment firm, LabTech, has unveiled plans to invest and update the area known as Hawley Wharf which will see the development of an area that makes up 580,000sq ft.

The 30 railway arches will be restored as well as the existing warehouse buildings.


Already planned to open in summer 2019, the newly developed area will have 150 retail spaces and the largest farmer’s market in North London. In addition there will be more than 60 food and drinks locations, 195 new apartments, 60,000 ft of co-working space and entertainment space.

Coliers International will oversee the leasing the retail spaces for food and drink.

Hawley Wharf Camden
A CGI impression of the new Hawley Wharf layout

With the new development and shopping and eating locations the annual visitor numbers to Camden is expected to reach 50 million per year by 2020.

LabTech say that they are looking to take Camden “back to what it had before and creating what it is so famous for”.

Get ready for a new look and more vibrant Hawley Wharf.

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A New Brew from Camden Town

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.

Camden brewery home brew

The beer is made to go with pizza.

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