To celebrate the launch of Cuckooz latest and most iconic launch, we've put together a list of all the best things to do in Camden Town. From eclectically eccentric marketplaces to low lit bars and historic theatres - we've tried and tested something for everything.
This one needs no introduction… unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 50 years, you’ve likely heard of Camden Market. Formerly the infamous melting pot of punks, goths, trend setters and the avant garde, Camden Lock, Stables and Inverness Street Markets have changed somewhat significantly over the years, but still retain their original and incomparable edge.
With over 1,000 market traders setting up shop on any given day, Camden Market is one of London’s most thriving places to shop – meaning if you can think of it, you can probably buy it here. Notable stalls include the many antique stalls inside the Stables market; selling everything from old cameras to comics and leather goods, to masses of vintage clothing outlets, jewellery stalls, corsetiers and outfitters of the eclectic and the bizarre.
Temple of Seitan has made headline after headline in the past few years for their insanely tasty mock-chicken alternative to fast food. Though their mothership belongs in Hackney, their Camden branch is open ‘til late, making it a hot post-boozing spot for the partygoers of Camden Town. For those looking to reduce their meat consumption – or for Vegans craving a little good old fashioned soul food, Temple of Seitan is a fab alternative.
*Honourable Vegan mention goes to Mildred’s Camden for also providing nothing-short-of-a-miracle mock chicken and other tasty delights.
The Roundhouse has been something of a famed establishment for many years now. Originally built by the London and North Western Railway in 1847 as a house for the railway turntable, the building fell into disuse before the Second World War and after 25 years of dilapidation, opened it’s doors once more as a Performing Arts venue. The opening concert was the 15 October 1966 All Night Rave, in which Soft Machine and Pink Floyd appeared at the launch of the underground newspaper International Times . Fast forward to today, and the venue regularly hosts a number of esteemed musicians and artists, alongside moving theatrical performances and it’s own charitable programme; The Roundhouse Trust, which educates 11-25 year olds in live music, circus, theatre and new media.
4. Jazz Cafe
For Jazz lovers who can’t afford to cough up a night at Ronnie Scott’s – this ones for you. Serving up live music 7 nights a week, Jazz Café regularly opens is doors to some of the most esteemed talent in the business. Most concert tickets have two options; restaurant seats for those who prefer to sit back and take it all in, and standing for those who prefer to get amongst.
Every buzzing borough should be paired with a wide open green space; and luckily Camden has one of the best in the whole City. If you’ve feeling fit enough to climb the summit of Primrose Hill, you can view the whole of London on a clear day, and Hampstead and Belsize Park to the north. The town itself has a charming village feel, where you can potter about on a lazy weekend, stopping off for brunch and a spot of celeb spotting whilst you’re at it.
6. Green Note
Green Note is an award winning live music venue in the heart of Camden. Hosting folk and roots music in a cosy, intimate atmosphere – this is the perfect spot for those looking to cosy up in a community setting during the winter months.
Camden Arts Centre Is a venue where contemporary art exhibitions regularly take place in conjunction with their educational centre, including studios which schools can use free of charge and in which people of all ages and abilities can learn skills in ceramics, painting, drawing and writing as part of the courses programme. Exhibitions often display the work of emerging local and international artists – making it an inspiring destination to visit. For those looking to step away from the beaten crowd and settle down with a book, their gardens are open all year round.
In today’s turbulent political climate, it can be good to find something to take the edge off. Luckily, help is at hand in the shape of Camden Comedy Club, which hosts a regular roster of some of the best names in the biz, including Harry Hill, Alan Carr, Russell Howard, Bridget Christie, Ava Vidal, Stewart Lee, Rich Hall, Sara Pascoe, Nick Helm, Roisin Conaty and many more. With stand up 7 days a week and a cosy pub downstairs to wet your whistle, it’s the perfect venue to shrug off those rainy London days.
9. Walden Books
There are many hidden gems in London tailor made for bookworms, but Walden Books is one of our favourites. Selling a curated selection of rare and first edition books, specialising in literature and the visual arts, this quaint and little known bookshop is quintessentially British, and well worth the visit whilst you’re in town.
Because no Cuckooz list is complete without a Flea market recommendation, this one gets our shout! Though the Camden markets are jam packed with retro odds and bobs, you’ll find a more curated collection at this flea – including mid century furniture, handmade crafts and artisan jewellery alongside a veritable feast of artwork and bric-a-brac.