Camden Town has a mix of every kind of property, from low-rise council blocks and small Victorian terraces, to four-storey Georgian terraces and handsome Victorian houses off Camden Road and along Gloucester Crescent.
Many of the flat-fronted Victorian terraces here and in the quieter roads on the Primrose Hill side of NW1 are housing association- or council-owned, with the council keen to encourage a mix of tenants and long leaseholders. In a characteristic local contrast, just around the corner from a terrace of housing association properties,
Many of the flat-fronted Victorian terraces here and in the quieter roads on the Primrose Hill side of NW1 are housing association- or council-owned, with the council keen to encourage a mix of tenants and long leaseholders.
The area attracts: professionals - especially in the arts and creative industries; lawyers; young City types who can’t afford Primrose Hill and the Left-wing intelligentsia. It is also becoming popular with Italian, German and French buyers, since the arrival of the Holiday Inn at Camden Lock put it on the tourist map.
Schools: local secondary schools performed better than average in the latest league tables and parents fight fiercely to get their children into top-performing Camden School for Girls (boys in sixth form). Private alternatives include North Bridge House and South Hampstead High. There is a large number of
Shops and restaurants: there’s a huge choice of bars, restaurants, clubs and pubs in Camden and quieter but varied dining in Primrose Hill. Camden High Street shops are quite shabby, with charity and fast-food outlets prominent. Regent’s Park Road has smart, individual shops.
Green space/culture: for an urban area, Camden is surprisingly close to green space, with Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park a stone’s throw away, Hampstead a 10-minute bus ride and the towpaths of the Regent’s Canal opening out from the market. The restored Roundhouse has live music, theatre, dance and circus, and Camden is gig heaven, with bands playing every night of the week.
Transport: Camden Town is on both branches of the Northern line, a plus point for convenience but a minus point for delays. The station gets so crowded at weekends that a one-way entry and exit system is in operation. Chalk Farm or Mornington Crescent (also Northern line) are more peaceful. Euston and King’s Cross mainline stations are walking distance
Local council: Camden (no overall control); Band D council tax is £1,332.