Moving to Camden Town
Are you moving to Camden Town? Just three miles northwest of Central London, the leafy Camden Town in the NW1 postal code, has a fascinating history, a number of beautifully restored buildings, the beautiful Regents Park is just a stone’s throw away and, of course, the massive green area of Hampstead Heath is a 10-minute bus trip.
Our free, in-depth Moving to Camden Town report includes info on:
• The best areas to live
• The good schools
• The average monthly rental prices
• The excellent public transport system in the city
Putting Camden Town on the Map
Named after the first Earl of Camden, who began developing the area in 1791, the London Borough of Camden replaced former boroughs of St Pancras, Holborn, and Hampstead in April 1965, with Camden Town located in the heart of the area. Its proximity to the city makes this cosmopolitan suburb really popular for residents, and the excellent transport links make owning a car totally unnecessary.
The stations of Camden Town, Mornington Crescent, Kentish Town and Chalk Farm are all close, as is Camden Town Underground Station. The area is a hub for bus links and the Grand Union Canal is an excellent resource for cyclists. Rush hour is extremely busy, as it is over much of London, and road traffic is gridlocked, so it’s quicker and easier to go with the flow and be prepared for standing room only on public transport. Heathrow Airport is 20 miles away, taking around 45 minutes on the train.
Featuring older but respectable small Victorian terraced houses, along with newer council estates, many of which have been converted to privately-owned flats, Camden Town is lively, festive and noisy, with its busy markets and clubs and pubs. If you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful place to live, the main part of Camden is not for you. On the other hand, if you like people, restaurants, bars, markets, nightclubs, then this will suit you just fine.
Camden is an expensive area. Just a few streets away from the hustle and bustle of the markets are beautifully renovated, elegant, four-storey Georgian houses. Centrally situated on Gloucester Road, and off the main Camden Road, they sell for well over £1 million. These houses and villas include many with fine period features.
Apartments have been created from 18th-century houses on the Rugby Estate, which was previously earmarked for demolition. In order to maintain the village quality to the area around Great Ormond Street, the houses were split into flats, often breaching party walls between two properties. In one instance, three houses had been semi-demolished, but with architectural vision, a new block of social housing was built behind the restored and retained frontages, maintaining their historic value.
On the Primrose Hill side of Camden’s postal code, NW1, are council-owned Victorian terraced houses, with long leaseholds and a mix of tenants being encouraged by the council. In complete contrast, just around the corner is the home of the politician, David Miliband.
The “best” roads to live on are Regent’s Park Terrace and Gloucester Crescent, with North and South Villas, Camden Square and Albert Street trailing slightly behind. Camden Square is much sought after by parents wanting to enrol their daughters in the highly desirable Camden School for Girls.
Camden and Murray mews, in the conservation area, finds architect designed, modern homes, and loft apartments in the canal area.
A well-kept secret, Elm Village, offers two to three bedroomed 1980s houses at reasonable prices just off Pancras Way.
Pratt and Georgiana Streets, to the east of Camden Street, are on the rise in terms of popularity, with a mix of apartment blocks and period properties, mostly owned by the town council as the sole freeholder.
However, bargains are still there for the taking, with a few options, ranging from ex-social housing to expensive townhouses, with the latter offering you more space for the same money as Hampstead and Primrose Hill, both adjacent to Camden Town.
Who lives and works in Camden Town
The last census in 2011 found the population to be around 220,338 with 27% of residents in the 30 – 44 age group. 66.3% were white British, the balance a mix of ethnicities. The census shows a 6.8% unemployment rate.
Camden attracts people in the media and arts fields, fashionistas, hipsters, and due to its proximity to the city, bankers, technical people, sales people, lawyers, and professionals in every field.
The high price tag also attracts older, more established people who can’t quite afford Primrose Hill. Showing good staying power for London, tenants tend to start in an apartment and progress up the property ladder within the district.
The Best Bits
The Markets: World-renowned, this labyrinth of markets hums with activity during the weekends. Sometimes the underground ceases operations to prevent overcrowding, enforcing its popularity. Bargains can be picked in many categories at the many different venues.
- Camden Market selling fashion items. It was originally known as Buck Street.
- Inverness Street Market. Formerly a fruit market, but mostly footwear and souvenirs dominate now.
- Camden Lock Market sells clothing, books, crafts, jewellery and fast food.
- Stables Market was once a hospital for injured horses and is now a mix of more permanent merchants specializing in antiques, household items, souvenirs, and clothing.
- Camden Lock Village, on the original site of the Camden Canal Market, which burned down in 2008, provides unusual items, accessories, and clothing. Both this and the Stables Market have been extended and cleaned up, and boast indoor and outdoor shops and stalls.
Nightlife dominates this hip and with-it area. The famous clubs and live music venues are known as some of the best in London. These include the restored Roundhouse, which has live music, circus, dance, and theatre. Others, such as Electric Ballroom, Koko, and Jazz Café for retro, jazz, and blues, plus a multitude of restaurants, fast food joints, bars and swanky shops, keep the streets open throughout the night, with bands playing every night of the week.
Regent’s Canal. Originally built to link to the Grand Junction Canal, and opened in 1801, this canal was named after the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV. Starting at the Camden Lock and ending in Little Venice, trips in historical long boats are a tranquil way to see this part of London. The towpaths provide peaceful walks and cycle paths, used by many as an alternative way to commute to work and back.
Regent’s Park is close to Camden Town and covers 395 acres. With Queen Mary’s Garden boasting more than 12,000 roses, exceptional sporting facilities, London Zoo and Open Air Theatre, this park is a quick getaway from the buzzing streets of Camden.
A brief 10-minute bus ride and you’re in Hampstead Heath, an ancient London parkland. A variety of activities, including Golders Hill Park with a butterfly house and zoo, an open-air Lido, sports pitches and facilities, the listed Pergola and Hill Garden, splash pools and swimming ponds, make it a real escape back to nature.
This district offers, with a quick underground train trip, all that London has to offer, museums, theatre, historical buildings, an endless list of activities for families, couples, and singles.
Bringing the kids
With over 40 primary and 10 secondary schools in the London Borough of Camden, plus 40 independent private and prep schools, three state schools have been judged outstanding by Ofsted, the governmental education watchdog. Holy Trinity and St Silas Church of England School in Hartland Road, Richard Cobden in Camden Street and Camden School for Girls are all sought after, with parents vying to be in the catchment area. Most private schools require the student to pass their entrance exam.
There are also many international schools in London, many requiring a commute out of the district.
London has a university student population of more than 400,000 and has one of the highest concentrations of higher education institutions and universities in the world. And this excludes foreign universities with branches in London. Local universities to Camden Town include the University of London, University College London, the University of Westminster and the Royal College of Art.
Colleges in and around Camden such as the London College of Fashion, the London School Of Economics & Political Science, the European Business School, Regent’s Business School, the Fine Arts College and many others within the Borough of London, ensures that there is the right kind of further education available for almost every student.
Relocating to Camden Town
For a mix of a vibrant nightlife, but with quiet, leafy streets just a quick walk away, to excellent shopping areas, great schools, and further education outlets, Camden Town also offers a quick commute via public transport to the economic hub of the city.
A variety of accommodation choices, from period property to ultra-modern lofts, in vastly contrasting streets makes Camden a delightful paradox.
All the historical culture, restaurants, bars, parks, theatres, cinemas, museums, live entertainment venues that London has to offer are right there, on the doorstep. As arguably the most famous capital city in the world, who wouldn’t want to live and work there?
The school system may be tricky, accommodation needs and wants could take days of searching, but with the services of an experienced, efficient and knowledgeable relocation agent helping each step of the way, peace of mind is ensured.
At Saunders 1865, our teams of experts combine local knowledge with first-hand experience to pinpoint the right area and the right property that will tick all your boxes. Do you have children that need to be enrolled in school? Are the transport links convenient for your needs? Does this location fit with your expectations of expat life and is the space configured in a way that suits your requirements? We can bring expertise to all these factors and help to arrange smooth, efficient and stress-free relocations – to Camden Town, London and destinations across the world. Our services include home finding assistance, school finding, lease negotiations, temporary accommodation, move management and immigration assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help you.
Average Monthly Rent - Camden Town