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Famous crossing gets a makeover

The famous zebra crossing at Abbey Road Studios received a new lick of paint, taking advantage of less traffic during the lock-down period.

The zebra crossing at Abbey Road became a London landmark when four musicians, called The Beatles, crossed the road while being photographed. The album, which came out 50 years ago, has made the crossing a must-visit for Beatles fans from across the world.

The council decided that during the UK lock-down period, with traffic almost non-existent, that is was the perfect time to give it a refresh. By looking at the pictures, it looks like they did a great job!

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Stay Indoors and Read thanks to Camden

Camden Council has launched their digital library service – all the more reason to stay inside.

The digital library is free for Camden residents to use who have a library card at one of the Camden libraries. It’s also available to those who create an account online and join the library.

There are 1000’s of books available online to read, and also opens up an impressive back catalogue of content.

With many people have more time than usual on their hands, and trying to keep the kids entertained and educated, this is a great way for Camden residents to access numerous titles.

To log in, or sign up, simply click here to access the Camden Council digital library.

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Camden Town Before and After by The Secret Artist

The Secret Artist has updated their paintings of Camden Town to reflect the lock-down situation.

In a painting previously created, The Secret Artist depicts a bust Camden High Street with visitors walking towards the markets. With the current lock-down imposed by the government, the people have been removed from the photo.

The Secret artist does paintings of houses, shops, churches, streets, monuments and any interesting buildings in Kentish Town, Camden, and beyond.

Find out more about their work here.

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Best Amy Winehouse live performances

Spending your time indoors and looking for ways to up your mood? One thing many Camden Town locals, and those who have visited Camden Town can to, is sit back and enjoy the best works of Amy Winehouse.

Below we’ve put together some of our favourite performances of Amy Winehouse over the years. Sit back, enjoy the show, and remember the great Queen of Camden.

Amy Winehouse: Valerie

Amy Winehouse: Medley

Amy Winehouse: Rehab at Isle of Wight

Amy Winehouse: Love is a Losing Game

Amy Winehouse: Me & Mr Jones

Amy Winehouse: Stronger than Me

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Camden Market Closes

Following the announcement form Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Camden Market will be closed until further notice.

With the spread of COVID-19, the Prime Minister has announced that all shops will close nationwide, apart from food shops and pharmacies. All other non-essential shops will close.

Social gatherings of more than two people are prohibited, unless they are members of the family with whom you live.

Other locations such as libraries, swimming pools, places of worship, and gyms are all closed too.

These may appear to be extreme measures, but they are necessary.

Camden Market will open once everything returns to normal. Remember, you can still support the traders that sell online by visiting this link.

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Virtual Tour of The British Museum

The British Museum is one of the most wonderful museums in the world. Now they’ve made the tour virtual.

The virtual tour of British Museum gives online visitors an overview of their exhibits, and it shows the grand scale of the building and number of exhibitions becomes clear.

See The British Museum Virtual Tour

It’s fascinating, educational, and entertaining too, and useful if you can’t be at the actual museum itself.

The British Museum is dedicated to human history, culture, and art. It was established in 1753 and the closest tube stations are Goodge Street, Holborn, Russell Square and Tottenham Court Road.

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Here’s how to support businesses in Camden

The shops, restaurants, food stalls and many others have had to close. This breaks our hearts as they are some of the most wonderful people, with enthusiasm and smiles all year round.

It’s important that we, residents of Camden and visitors who are located throughout the UK and even abroad support these businesses. It’s easier to do than you thought. Many of the traders have moved to selling online until their shops and restaurants can open again.

Please, click these links, do some online shopping, and let’s keep these shops in business until they can open their doors again.

To Home From London: Souvenirs from Camden Town and London

Naked Dough: Delicious cookie dough. Perfect for the work-from-home treat

Miguel’s Pizza: He’s not at the restaurant to make pizza, but he’s got amazing T-shirts!

Turkishde-light: One of the most beautiful stores in Camden are selling lights online

Sweyn Forkbeard: Got a beard? Got a man with a beard? Keep it in good shape

Sknfed: Vegan and organic skincare products. Feed your skin

Read The Label: Soaps, moisturisers, body butters. Keep looking good under quarantine

Dressupbaby: Cool clothes for cool kids

E&E Jewellery: Necklaces, rings, bracelets, and other beautiful jewellery

Authentique: Need wine and cheese? Free delivery around Camden. Call 020 3609 6602 or e-mail

Bird Restaurant: Fried chicken and waffles. Order through Deliveroo

Purezza: 10% off food if you use the code ZEN10. Order for delivery

Hygge Pygge: Order bread, milk, etc for delivery to Camden. DM them to make an order

Hook Camden: Fish and chips from Camden, delivered by Deliveroo

The Cheese Bar: Order your cheese online and get it delivered to your front door. Yummy!

Camden Watch Company: Count down the hours with a watch made in Camden Town

Pamban: Chai tea of all flavours can be ordered online for delivery

Metal Rooster: Innovative, stylish designs from the heart of Camden Town

Makers Cabinet: Support these incredibly talented artists, creatives, and designers

Pepita Coffee: Beautifully decorated coffee containers, with tasty beans inside

Greenberry Cafe:  Freshly prepared food and treats available for takeaway

Black Widow: Alternative fashion with corsets, jackets, pants, tops and more

Moomin Shop: Authentic Moomin products for exciting home decorations and gifts

Skinny Dip: Clothing, bags, accessories, beauty products. Very cool lifestyle products

Hausparty: Steak meals with fries and salads. Order via Deliveroo

The Camden Grocer: Fresh produce and artisan foods from the heart of Camden Market

Camden Art: DM them to get some unique and quirky are, only found in Camden Town

Share this page with your friends and in online groups. Together we can help supports these Camden Town businesses.

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Coronavirus: Camden Council Leader Georgia Gould’s message to Camden’s communities

Camden Council has released a statement about the Coronavirus situation.

Camden Council has answered many questions that residents are concerned about. Their statement reads:

  • We will keep vital services running – even if they have to be delivered in a different way
  • We will ensure no Council tenant loses their home because they are affected by COVID19
  • We will ensure that those who work for care providers don’t have to choose between their wage, their health and the health of those they support
  • We will help to ensure everyone has access to food whether they are unwell, isolating or caring
  • We will support, encourage and mobilise the huge community spirit which exists in Camden – sign up to volunteer

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said:

“The Prime Minister’s announcement this evening stresses again that we all need to listen to public health advice to keep ourselves, our families, our neighbours and our communities safe. New guidance means everyone should be minimising their social contact, reducing unnecessary travel and staying at home if they or anyone in their household has any symptoms. Please follow the daily guidance coming from the government and take extra care if you are over 70, if you are pregnant or have underlying health conditions.

“It is now clear that the coronavirus pandemic is set to challenge us all in ways the like of which many of us have never experienced before. Amid the uncertainty one thing is for sure: we will need to work together and help each other out over the coming months. Our day to day aim in Camden is that no-one should get left behind – and this will focus our efforts as we face up to the crisis.

“I want to speak to everyone who has worries and concerns. I feel these too – and we do not know exactly what the coming months will bring. But we can control what we do, what actions we take on a personal and collective level. And today, I set out five initial commitments we are making to respond to this crisis.

“Firstly – we have robust plans in place to keep vital services running during this period, in particular care for older people and those with disabilities. We will be managing our workforce in a sensible way, and according to national guidance, to ensure we remain resilient. We will be flexible and are prepared to work differently if necessary to support our residents. We will also be introducing services in direct response to the virus including rigorous cleaning of our estates, leisure centres, libraries and public facilities.

“We will not allow any evictions from our council housing if there is clear evidence that the resident has been unable to pay rent as a direct result of the coronavirus. We urge Government to give clear guidance on evictions and ensure that no-one is deprived of a home and shelter at this time because of their health. We urge other landlords to do the same. Nobody should have to choose between their home and their health.

“Equally, no-one should choose between a wage and their health. We understand for employers and small businesses this is a really difficult time. We are speaking with our Business Board and the Federation of Small Businesses about the support they need. We will support those working for our care providers by ensuring they are no worse off. We urge businesses and Government to follow this lead.

“Today we met with community groups and businesses to talk about the issue of food accessibility and how we can ensure everyone has access to food whether they are unwell, isolating or caring. This week we will share the outcome of this work we are doing to get food to people’s homes, particularly those who are vulnerable or those with families.

“Finally, we will support, encourage and mobilise the huge community spirit which exists in Camden. I have received many emails over the last few days asking how you can help your neighbours to keep them safe and supported at this time. Camden already has so many voluntary and community organisations, faith groups and tenant and resident associations with long-standing community relationships and experience of getting things done. We are working closely with them to support mutual aid networks in communities. Anyone who feels they can help can sign up to volunteer – join the effort.

“This is going to be a tough period and things will change every day – but we can get through it by thinking of each other with every action, and taking care of our neighbours along with ourselves. Our communities make Camden – and will help us through this.”

This is good news for residents of Camden, however the situation needs to be monitored on a day-to-day basic as the pandemic spreads.

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St Patrick’s Day at Camden Market

Put it in your diary: March 14th is St Patrick’s Day and celebrations will be taking place across the market.

London based Irish musicians will perform at numerous locations throughout Camden Market from 1pm – 5pm.

Try the pop up cocktail bar from new Irish potato spirits brand Muff Liquor Company, and Irish Street Food too.

To top it off, the Ireland vs France Six Nations rugby match will be screened too.

There are many bars and pubs across Camden Town that will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day in style, be sure to visit them to enjoy the electric and friendly atmosphere.

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Amy Winehouse Music Walk of Fame plaque unveiled

Camden Town is home to the Amy Winehouse Music Walk of Fame plaque, in honour of the Queen of Camden.

The plaque was unveiled in front of many fans and celebrities. Her parents, Janis and Mitch Winehouse, were in attendance too.

Amy Winehouse passed away in Camden Town in 2011 aged 27.

The singer is considered by many to be the Queen of Camden, having lived in the area, worked at the market, and performed many of her early concerts there.

The Amy Winehouse statue can be found in the Stables market. In her name the Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up.

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