A visit to Camden Town gives you a soothing pleasure. Originally known to be a calm residential area since late 1790s, it changed in 1816; with the Grand Union Canal being built thought the Regent’s Canal leading to development and improvement of the railways. In 1973 the Camden markets were developed and the area soon grew to become a bustling element in London.
What Camden is Today
Visitors from around the world and swarms of locals hunt for trinkets in the famous markets and take a stroll past Regent’s Canal into this part of west London; that is why it is a good idea to stay at cheap hotels in West London like Paddington Hotel London, to get the best of this area. You can take in the magnificent buildings and sample the world’s cuisine while listening to some soul lifting music. The once “unfashionable locality” is now an alive and vibrant locality, home to many famous personalities like Walter Sickert, Amy Winehouse and Dylan Thomas, to name a few.
Travelling to Camden
Travelling to this area is made very easy because of the Camden Town or Chalk Farm Tube station. You can use the bus service as well for an alternative experience. If you happen to have the Visitor Oyster Card, it makes things much easier; you can pre-order it or purchase it the station or airport. If you stay at hotel near Madame Tussauds & Hyde Park you can choose to walk the few kilometer stretch on the Canal side, hire a cycle or even the infamous London taxies referred fondly as the “cabby”.
The Markets of Camden
The kaleidoscope of markets stalls and numerous retail outlets is sure to keep you on your toes all day. Right form vintage curios to futuristic works of modern art, it is the greatest treasure hunt that you will experience. Camden Lock Market offers books, clothing and jewellery while Camden Lock Village is known for its numerous knick-knacks. What we originally know as Buck Street market has some of the best fashion spreads in the world. The Inverness Street Market has an array of footwear, clothing and souvenirs, alongside the original fruit stalls; while the Stables Market gives you a range of household items, antiques and clothing. Food stalls and quaint restaurants are widely spread through all the markets, offering delicacies from around the world. Right from pan-Asian cuisine and burgers to large mugs of home brewed beer, you will go back will a hearty stomach to your hotel near Madame Tussauds & Hyde Park.
Soul Music in Camden
Known for its live music scene, the area has some legendary venues with famous band tags. Make sure to check out the Underworld, Koko, and the Electric Ballroom. The Jazz Café and the Blues Kitchen is also a place to stop if you are into those genres, and if you are looking for something more original, head to the Black Cap from some of the glittering drag acts. The area also offers theatrical performances, art installations, short film screenings and small gigs, aplenty. If you stay at budget & cheap hotels in West London, the reception will be able to provide you will a guide to the current program round up.