The London Borough of Camden includes a vast area of London covering of inner London, north of the West End and City of London. The area spans 22 square km and covers many vibrant areas such as Covent Garden, Holburn, Hampstead and Kingís Cross.
It is quite a new borough and only created in 1965 when the three metropolitan boroughs were combined. The three metropolitan boroughs were called Hampstead, St. Pancras and Holborn. Since this time, there has been huge development and expansion which has benefited residents, businesses and tourists.
The borough encompases a range of postcodes and area including N1 (Angel and King’s Cross ), N6 (Fortune Green, Highgate, Kilburn and West Hampstead ), N7( Islington ), NW1 (Somers Town, Camden Town, Kings Cross, Primrose Hill and Regents Park ), NW3 (Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, Belsize Park and Gospel Oak), NW5 (Kentish Town, Gospel Oak and Queens Crescent), NW6 (Kilburn, West Hampstead and South Hampstead), NW8 (Regents Park and St John’s Wood), W1 (Central London), WC2 (West End) and WC1 (Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury).
There are a huge variety of attractions to see in Camden which caters for all types of people with an array of interests. Some of the main attractions in the London Borough of Camden include Regent’s Park, Hampstead Heath, a number of theatres such as Shaftsbury Theatre and Bloomsbury Theatre as well as many more attractions, some of which are described below.
Regent’s Park which spans a huge area of 487 acres has a wide range of facilities and attractions which include sports areas, children’s playgrounds, many gardens, a lake and London Zoo. The best way to reach Regents Park is by tube and the closest stations located near the park are Regents Park, Baker Street and Great Portland Street.
Hampstead Heath is another vast area of parkland which is almost double the size of Regents Park and is located in the south of the London Borough of Camden. The main attractions here are the number of ponds which people can swim in and its location in the affluent area of Hampstead. It is a leafy and green area of Central London and is picturesque in the summer time.
Camden Market is one of the most renowned markets in London and is visited by both residents and tourists alike. Over the years the range of goods sold here has widened with shops and stalls now selling everything from books to jewellery, and clothing to art and craft. There is also a diverse mix of people which adds to the markets vibrant atmosphere. This is a great place to spend Sunday afternoons and is a must see in the London Borough of Camden.
The south west area of Covent Garden is located in the London Borough of Camden and is one of the best parts of the city. The area is teeming with shops, street performers, bars, restaurants and other entertainment facilities. The main square of Covent Garden is described as the heart beat of the area and is always full of people, performers and great energy.
There are three main theatres located in the London Borough of Camden which are Bloomsbury theatre, Shaftsbury theatre and the Dominion theatre. Of the three theatres, Shaftsbury theatre is both the oldest and largest in terms of capacity. It opened in 1911 and has a capacity of over 2,300 people. By comparison, Bloomsbury theatre is the newest and opened in 1968 and is by far the smallest with a capacity of just over 500 people. All three theatres have their own character and are renowned for showing great plays.
The London Borough of Camden also boasts an array of museums including the Freud museum, the Foundling museum and the Sir John Soare’s museum The Foundling museum refers to the story of Foundling’s hospital and has a great art collection.
The London borough of Camden is known as this great city’s cultural district and is a fantastic place to stay. It has great accommodation whether you are coming for a holiday, a short city break or a business trip. You can find hotels ranging from 5 stars to your small bed and breakfasts that are comfortable and cheap. Many of the small independent hotels can be found in most areas of the borough, however, for the more exclusive hotels, you will need to look in busy areas such as Covent Garden, Hampstead and Regents Park.
The best way to travel is by public transport as the borough has excellent bus and underground facilities. As the area is so vibrant and so full of life, the transport system needs to keep up with the sheer volume of people. This is done by a well maintained underground and bus system which links to any part of London.
Moving on to bars and restaurants, you can find all sorts of places to suit all types of needs. A range of cuisines can be found from Italian to Indian, Chinese to Middle Eastern and Thai to Mexican. Furthermore, this wide array of cuisine can be found in all the different areas within the London borough of Camden. For a great nightlife, you can find very upmarket bars to laid back, relaxed pubs. Angel, Hampstead, Primrose Hill and the West End are the best areas to find good nights out and a great atmosphere.