Although staying in hotels in central London means that you’re in a prime position to explore central London, it does mean that you may neglect the outer boroughs such as Camden. With hotels such as the Park Grand Paddington Court Hotel you’re well placed for Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Little Venice. To get a flavour of real London though, you should definitely check out some of the London Boroughs. It’s true what they say, London is a city of villages, and each with their own personality and style and Camden is no different. Often depicted in film as the area of London where Dickens characters such as Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger grew up and to where you immediately think when you hear the “East End Cockney” accent, there is more to Camden than just tired stereotypes.

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Camden brings music to your ears

One of the best things about Camden is the diverse mix of culture and art that you find round every corner. Not least, the music scene. From the Turnstile Factory turned arts hub The Roundhouse putting on great musicians such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Blondie and the 19th century Grade I listed Koko putting on some of the hottest new acts, you’re sure to find music for every day of the week. What’s more, if you’re looking for something a bit more low key, there are open mic and acoustic sessions in many of the bars around Camden, where you can see some of the next big things for little to no money at all.

Treat your taste buds at Camden Market

Alongside vintage clothes and trinkets, Camden Market is known for its stellar street food. With a delectable range of Chinese Buffets, noodles, Indian food and many more cuisines, you’ll never go hungry in Camden. With the market hosting its own seating areas, you can soak up the buzzing ambience of the market come rain or sun with a wide range of different street foods.

Chin Chin Labs for innovative ice cream

Chin Chin Labs is based in Camden Lock Place and has a rather unorthodox method for making this summer favourite. However you like your ice cream, Chin Chin Labs has something to cater to your taste through its unique Nitrous Oxide freeze drying technique. Just to watch the process itself, Chin Chin is worth a visit.

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The further reaches of Camden Market

Not only does Camden Market have its own food stalls but as mentioned above, many others as well. If you’re looking for vintage or culturally diverse clothes then you’re in luck. Camden Market hosts American trucker cap stalls, Moroccan Leather stores as well as many other types of clothing including Hemp.

Regents Canal

Although it’ll take you a good hour, guests at Hotels Near Paddington Station London can walk through Little Venice and up past Regents canal to get to Camden, passing Regents Park and even London Zoo, making it one of London’s most scenic canal walks.