Looking for some cool things to do in Camden? Look no further! Here’s my personalized guide for things to get up from day to night in Camden, London. Enjoy!
In the heart of North London lies the land of eclectic charm, punk rock, and buzzing markets. Yep, I’m talking about Camden.
One of the capital’s most eccentric areas Camden is far enough from Central to feel like you’ve escaped the London hustle, while still having loads of cool things to do.
So, if you ever find yourself in need of an alternative vibe with a beautiful canal to match, look no further than Camden Town. Here are 17 cool things to do in Camden for the day and night to make the most of your time in the area.
Camden: A Quick History
For the historically curious, you’ll be keen to know that Camden wasn’t always as infamously…well…Camden.
Before becoming a global hub for the curious and rebellious Camden was a quaint area in Kentish Town, housing the town’s famous pub “Red Mother Cap”. Named after the 1st Earl Camden, Charles Pratt who slowly redeveloped the area to house the scholars of London.
But the opening of Regent’s Canal and the railway in 1820 meant Pratt’s dreams were put to the wayside as working-class Londoners set roots in the area to work in the emerging factories and warehouses.
This inevitably caused the class split in the area that you’ll see today. But the mix of trade workers and the academically prestigious made Camden into a birthplace of acceptance, individuality, and above all, lots of souls.
How to Get to Camden
Less than 20 minutes outside of Central a trip to Camden is as easy as hopping on the Northern line. But if you’d like a bit more variety, here are all the options to get you to Camden in a split.
Tube: Arrive via Camden Town and Chalk Farm Road (both on the Northern Line)
Overground: Arrive via Highbury and Islington
Bus: Hop onto the 214, 168, 253, 24, 29, 274, 27 , 88 , 168 or the 31
Things to do in Camden (for Day and Night)
One thing to know about things to do in Camden is the vibe is totally different depending on what time you go. But in Candace fashion, I’m going to highly suggest you experience it all.
Turn a day of independent shopping and gorging on street food finds to a buzzing evening of nightlife, all under one Camden roof.
Without further ado here’s 17 cool things to do in Camden for day and night.
Things to do in Camden During the Day
1. Go Vintage Shopping
If you’re in the mood for a vintage find or two take up some retail therapy in Camden.
The perfect place to splash some pounds, Camden is renowned for its alternative (and relatively cheap) fashion finds. Despite their popularity, I always find vintage shops in Camden fully stocked with fresh pieces and closet gems, so be sure to pop into a few…
- The Vintage Collection for the biggest vintage store in Britain | Arch 59, Camden Stables Market, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH
- St Cyr Vintage for a huge collection of pre-loved goods from the 40’s to 90’s | 56 Saddle Row Camden Market, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH
- Retro World for a funky collection retro of vintage finds |Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH
- Rokit for classic vintage goods and sportswear brands | 225 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 7BU
2. Eat at Camden Market
It’d be hard to go to Camden and not find yourself roaming Camden market at some point. But here’s your reminder just in case.
With over 1000 shops and stalls to pursue you’re deliriously spoilt for choices. The market sells everything from art, to music, fashion, and food but if you’re anything like me, you’re heading straight for the grub.
My personal favorites are the giant burritos from the Mexican food stall right near the market entrance (the workers are super friendly!) and the Dutch Pancakes right outside Cyberdog…speaking of.
Pro Tip: Haggling is acceptable for many of the shops in the area, basically if you start walking away and hear “Wait, wait!!” you know you’ve got a deal waiting for you.
3. Venture into Cyberdog
If you’re looking for something a little more on the alternative side, don’t think twice about venturing to Cyberdog.
The three-story flagship sells everything from futuristic clothing to some very, very interesting sex toys. Walking through this Camden attraction almost feels like you’ve entered a weird nightclub of sorts, with neon lights, dancers, and raving music.
In fact, the Clash used to live and rehearse here, so you know it’s the real deal.
4. See the Amy Winehouse Statue
Three years after the tragic passing of the iconic Amy Winehouse, a bronze statue was made in her honor, right in the heart of Camden Market. Take a picture and pay tribute to a beloved legend stuck in time, adjacent to the Lock Tavern.
5. Peep the Colored Houses at Hartland Road and Chalot Crescent
When it comes to pretty houses, Notting Hill usually gets all the buzz. But if you wander a stone’s throw from the market, you’ll be hit by rows of beautiful pastel-hued houses just waiting to be found.
Head to Hartland Road followed by Chalcot Crescent after your market buzz to experience a colorful (and quieter) side of the area.
6. Wander into Holy Trinity Church
A church is far from what comes to mind when you think of cool, but it’s all about exploring right? Have a quick awe at stunning Gothic architecture at Holy Trinity. Just a short walk from Hartland Road.
7. Have a Bite at Poppie’s
It’s not London without some fish and chips. And it’s not Camden without a Poppie’s. Taking you back to the 1940s this family-run joint is filled with some of the crispiest fish and chunky chips you’ve yet to taste.
Pair it with a sit down around the memorabilia aesthetic for the full Poppie’s experience.
8. Browse Camden Street Art
Rivaling with the likes of Shoreditch Camden’s got a thriving art scene worth remembering.
The best of the best can be found on Camden Lock, Camden Road, Hawley Street, Castlehaven Road, Kentish Town Road, Chalk Farm Road, and Jamestown Road. Or just use this map.
Where to Find Street Art Map
9. Visit the Jewish Museum
Bringing Jewish history to life; a museum visit is a beautiful addition to your day out.
A place for all to learn about Jewish history, culture, and heritage the exhibitions are filled with artifacts, including the profound Holocaust Gallery.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Jewish history, or simply want an interesting pastime I highly suggest going. You can buy your tickets here.
10. Mosey Around Regent’s Park
Just a short walk from the market is the deliriously beautiful, St.Regent’s Park.
Famously known as one of London’s most revered Royal Parks, I’m convinced there’s nothing that can’t be solved with a stroll around Regent’s Park.
Bask in a bit of North London charm amongst the backdrop of spilling fountains, vibrant greenery, and enough views to make you “ooh and ahh” all day.
11. Stroll Down Regent’s Canal
You can’t visit Camden without a little riverside stroll. A calm oasis of breathtaking views Regent’s Canal is the perfect city escape.
You can walk all the way up to Little Venice for some exploring or simply sit along the banks at Camden. Either way, you’ll enjoy every minute.
Read More: Things to do in Little Venice, London
Things to do in Camden at Night
12. Go to Primrose Hill
As the suns sets in you’ll definitely want to head towards Primrose Hill.
A little pocket in Camden Primrose Hill’s village-like area is a great pit stop for your night out. Walk up the grassy hilltop to meet spectacular sweeping views of the city.
13. Go to an Open Mic Night
In addition to its electric vibe, Camden is also home to some of the best open mic nights in the city.
14. Relax at the Jazz Cafe
Fill your night with soul at Camden’s very own Jazz Cafe. An iconic speakeasy you can spend the night sipping cocktails and swaying away to the sweet sound of London blues.
Every night brings something different, so you’ll never be bored with a visit. Oh, and they’ve got a restaurant too!
15. Have a Cocktail on Fest Rooftop
If you happen to be around Stables Market, it’d be a waste to not have a cocktail at Fest.
Cabaret, comedy, and clubbing are all on offer here. But the rooftop is the real showstopper. And the lush terrace and garden fit with views across the area will leave you nothing short of a night well-spent.
16. Take on the Night at Koko
If the party moves ya, get your best dressed on and head to Koko.
One of London’s most buzzing music venues you can dance the night away to indie, rock and dance, all under one roof. Nights here have been some of my best, especially their Reggaeton nights! Be sure to see what’s on here.
17. Have a Pint at the Hawley Arms
If you’re looking for a more laid back evening, call it a night at the Hawley Arms. Pint in hand (and perhaps an English dinner to match) you can rest cool knowing you’ve spent the evening in one of Amy Winehouse’s most frequented pubs, and an interesting set of clientele.
Places to go in Camden Map
Final Thoughts on Things to do in Camden (for Day or Night!)
Day or night there’s always things to do in Camden. From a lazy morning to a lively night out, I hope this gave you some ideas to make the most of your time in a place that’s ever-surprising, and very, very worthy of some memories.