Often overlooked by tourists who don't venture north-west of the heart of London, Camden is one of the best places in the capital for people watching, shopping and generally taking it all in. The Borough attracts the more bohemian, creative types, and therefore local activities are always that little bit different. Here's our rundown of the top five things to do in Camden.
1. Take in some live music
You can't swing a trendy cat in Camden without hitting a live music venue. From spit-and-sawdust pubs to the massive Roundhouse venue, the achingly cool Electric Ballroom to the much-loved Dingwalls, you can sample superb live music every night of the week in Camden. Locals would probably cite the Dublin Castle as a must-visit for die-hard music fans.
2. Sample some street food
Due to its fantastically cosmopolitan demographic, Camden is a real hotspot for sampling cult cuisine from all over the world. Head to KERB Camden Market where you can fill your boots - and your stomach - from a choice of 35 different food stalls.
3. Hit the market
There are few locations that can offer the vibrancy, diversity and all-out craziness of Camden Market. Whatever you're looking for, you're likely to find it among the intricate maze of market stalls. But if you're not a fan of crushing crowds, it's best to go to market during the week. Camden Market on Saturdays and Sundays is quite the force to be reckoned with.
4. Check out urban art
Have a stroll up and down any of Camden’s main or back streets and you'll come across myriad murals, graffiti pieces and portraits which have been lovingly applied to brick walls, buildings and even the pavements. If you fancy heading to an actual gallery, it's arguably a two-horse race between the Camden Arts Centre and Proud Camden in the Stables Market.
5. Stroll along the canal
The Regent's Canal towpath runs through Camden and offers some thoroughly English canal-side ambling. Locals like to grab their lunch from a nearby market stall and chill on the banks when the weather's fair, and there are plenty of historical points of interest including the cobbled Diagonal Bridge in the middle of Camden Lock.