Located in North West London, Camden is one of the best known and often considered to be among the most beautiful among the London Boroughs. Over the course of its long history, Camden has accumulated quite a lot of culture, atmosphere and character. This fact becomes evident quickly after just a short strolls on its streets.
Some of the best areas in Camden
The overall population density of Camden is 28 000 people per square mile, which is a bit above the average for London. The borough was formed in 1965 and today contains many fashionable areas. The most popular among those include:
- Hampstead – this NW3 district is very often referred to as Hampstead Village as well. It benefits from the very close location to Central London that all Camden districts enjoy too. The main feature of Hampstead is the eponymous heath – a hilly open green space that is rather popular with both locals and visitors to the area. Hampstead, in addition to being one of the most desirable residential areas of London as of today, is also a popular night-out location because of the eclectic mix of bars and restaurants that is to be found here.
- Gospel Oak is the right place for anyone looking for the perfect blend between a comfortable suburban development and the vibrancy of the urban area. Take a stroll along Oak Village and Elaine Grove and you will instantly fall in love with the place and start planning your move there. The Mansfield Conservation Area and the Kiln Place are other places of interest worthy of note here.
- Frognal takes its name from the main road in the area that lies on the western edge of the Hampstead Village. The first time that we find a mention of the name is in the 15th century, which makes Frognal one of the oldest settled places in the modern day Borough of Camden. While many places in the surrounding area have undergone much change in the past decades due to the construction of council estates, such are considerably less in number in Frognal. That is why, especially the central parts of the district, contain several buildings that are very notable from an architectural point of view. Frognall Grove, University College School and many semi-detached Victorian houses can be mentioned in that regard.
- Fitzrovia is a modern, busy Central London district, the eastern parts of which are considered traditionally to be part of the borough of Camden. The area is usually described as being pretty upmarket, and many celebrities have chosen to make it their home. This is the case today, but it used to be so in the past too. In the time when Fitzrovia was above all a bohemian neighbourhood Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw and Arthur Rimbaud used to live there. Actually, as soon as 2016 the district was described by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in London – this should demonstrate enough about the quality of life here.
- Chalk Farm is to be found right next to Camden Town – the centre of the borough – and contains both pretty upmarket properties and more affordable social housing. Local residents include the likes of Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller. If you are looking for the best live music venues, bars and restaurants in Camden, you are going to find many of them in Chalk Farm. The area is served by the Chalk Farm railway station, which is on the Northern Line.
Other places of interest in Camden
Enjoying a pretty central location on the map of London and boasting a long and interesting history, Camden contains a number of notable landmarks and institutions, such as:
- The Architectural Association
- Birkbeck, University of London
- The British Library
- British Medical Association
- The British Museum
- Friends House
- Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Goodenough College
- Lincoln’s Inn
- King’s Cross railway station
- Slade School of Fine Art
- St Pancras Hospital
- St. Pancras station
- Student Central
As you can see, here we are talking about some of the most famous tourist attractions and best reputed educational institutions in the whole of London.