What To Do in Camden

You've seen Cyberdog. What else does Camden have to offer?

Camden Borough. We’ve all been to the market and tried the street food and nervously avoided eye-contact with the punks. But what else does the borough have to offer?

Here are a few places to help get you started.

Q-Grill-Camden-TownEAT Q GRILL

Obviously you’ve got the myriad stalls of street food, but if you fancy a sit-down meal in an actual restaurant, try the Memphis-style food at Q Grill. Their tagline is “Raw. Grill. Smoke.”, referring to their three main categories of food. Find seasonal, locally-sourced veg at the ‘raw bar/salad counter’ or enjoy some charcoal-grilled beef, chicken, pork, prawns or salmon that has been smoked onsite. Stop buy for brunch, lunch or dinner, because who wants to be getting up early for breakfast?

29-33 Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town
Northern Camden Town

ZSL-Zoo-Camden-TownEXPLORE ZSL LONDON ZOO

This one is perhaps a bit of a curveball, seeing that zoos are generally filled with tourists and annoying children. However, they’re also filled with cutest, most ferocious and weirdest animals. Guessing you knew that already. What you might not have known though, is that aside from opportunities to get up close and personal with lions, penguins and meerkats,

ZSL London Zoo, also offers a delightful afternoon tea with champagne in the garden. Hopefully you won’t have to share it with any of the residents.

Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
Northern
Camden Town

Chin-Chin-Labs-Camden-TownTREAT CHIN CHIN LABS

At Chin Chin Labs, they make your ice cream right in front of you. Anywhere else this would require waiting 4-6 hours while they periodically stir the slowly freezing ice cream, and would be incredibly boring. Here, it takes a few seconds thanks to the magic of liquid nitrogen.

The weekly menu features unique flavours and combinations like ‘Burnt Butter Caramel’ or ‘Mango and Green Tea Chia’, and always offers vegan, fat-free (yet still somehow creamy) sorbet options.

49 – 50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8 AF
Northern Camden Town

Regents-Park-Camden-TownRELAX REGENT’S PARK

An unprecedentedly large expanse of green, the Grade I listed Regent’s Park is the place to go if you want to relax. Spanning 410 acres, you can visit the previously mentioned ZSL London Zoo, walk along Regents Canal, or check out the view from Primrose Hill, one of London’s 6 protected viewpoints.

Top of the list though, is a visit to Queen Mary’s Garden. You’ll feel like you’re in wonderland in the luxurious rose garden. Fun fact: the garden has about 12,000 roses and 85 different breeds of rose. Ok, that wasn’t fun. But it was a fact.

Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR
Northern
Camden Town

The-Jazz-Cafe-Camden-TownMUSIC THE JAZZ CAFE

After a winter hibernation, The Jazz Cafe is back for summer under new management. Something of a misnomer, many, if not most, of the acts that perform at The Jazz Cafe are not jazz bands. That said, we reckon we’ll get over the misleading moniker quite quickly due to the music, with live shows from 7pm and a variety of club nights from 11 onwards.

In its 25-year history, the venue has hosted the likes of Adele, D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Cameo, Shola Ama and Bobby Womack; while upcoming highlights include Maverick Sabre, Kelis and Wacka Flocka Flame.

5 Parkway, Camden Town, NW1 7PG
Northern
Camden Town

Music-Boat-Camden-TownINTERESTING THE MUSIC BOAT

A gondola with a difference, The Music Boat takes you on a relaxing boat ride down Camden Lock while serenading you with live music and great chat.

While the idea of sitting on a wooden boat for 45 minutes might sound a little uncomfortable, The Music Boat is decked out in blankets and cushions making sure that your boat tour truly is a little slice of paradise. While the musical and nautical experience boasts the likes of Niall Horan, Laura Whitmore and Noel Fielding as fans, the clincher for us is that you’re encouraged to bring food along.

Camden Lock, NW1 8AF
Northern Camden Town

Swiss-Cottage-Library-Camden-TownINSTAGRAM SWISS COTTAGE LIBRARY

Ok so in all honesty, this is literally just a normal library. But unlike your local library, Swiss Cottage’s modernist architecture immediately makes you want to reach for your phone and capture the #symmetry. Designed in the 60s by Sir Basil Spence, this Grade II listed building is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood.

We recommend ‘Ludwig’ filter…

88 Avenue Road, NW3 3HA
Northern Camden Town