One of my favourite areas to hang out in London is Camden Town. This musically historic neighbourhood of the UK’s capital has so much to offer, especially to youngsters with an appetite for a carefree good time out.
Camden Town is well known for its market. If you want to treat yourself with a present or maybe buy something for your family or friends, the Camden Market and the Stables Market are good places to do some shopping for very British souvenirs.
– Hint: some shops in the Stables Market do really good discounts 30 minutes before closing.
A nice thing to do on a summer’s day is to hop on a boat and take a ride on Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Lock. It won’t cost much and you’ll be able to relax with your friends while cruising down its mansion-lined banks.
Once the sun is down over Camden Town, the fun is just starting. There’s a wide variety of bars you can visit, many with live music. If you’re lucky you can see the next big band in the making for only a few pounds. Or if you pay a little more, some venues often have big names performing. Check outside Camden Town tube station for promoters giving away flyers which grant you discounts or freebies in some of the places around.
Some personal favourites:
Barfly: has hosted in the past bands such as Coldplay and Muse. This bar plays music in the first floor and if you pay a few extra pounds you can go upstairs where they have a stage with new bands performing. Every time I’ve been there, the music has been great.
The Lock Tavern: has live bands playing in the second floor some days , worth checking it out. It’s free, but try to get there early (9-11pm) if you want to enjoy the show.
Proud Camden: offering differing styles of live music depending on the day of the week, you need to figure out what type of music fits you better and check their calendar.
The Underworld: Saturday night at this place is one of my favourite evenings out in the city. Imagine a club where people dance, but to indie and classic rock like MGMT, The Killers, AC/DC, Muse, Blink 182, Pulp and even Black Sabbath. Not everyone’s cup of tea – but it’s definitely mine. Some days they also have really big bands performing live.
Jazz Cafe: affordable prices and a good ‘80s party on Saturday night if you’re in the mood for dancing to that decade’s greatest hits.See Also
The Camden Head: uncomplicated fun, perhaps the only place in all of London that comes to mind when trying to think of a bar that closes late and that doesn’t charge any cover to get in, no matter the time or the day of the week. Music is awesome too and they have lots of drinks for you to choose at affordable prices.
Koko: a former theatre in Camden Town, just in front of Mornington Crescent station, a really nice, classic and beautiful venue for gigs. Usually you need to get tickets in advance and prices vary depending on the artist who is performing, which ranges from new indie rock bands to Prince! You can have a great time here.
The Roundhouse: home of the iTunes festival in recent years, this is a venue where you can often see well established bands performing. The Smashing Pumpkins have been there, to name just one of many big names.
There’s really lots of fun things to do in Camden Town. In a nutshell, I would summarise it as pure uncomplicated fun.
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