Our high streets need our support now more than ever, and there’s lots to explore in Camden. To find directions, download the Transport for London ‘Go’ app or plan your high street journey online.
Here are some of what Camden’s high streets have to offer:
Bloomsbury – Lamb’s Conduit Street
Lamb’s Conduit Street is central London’s village high street and home to a number of well-known local institutions. It’s a place where neighbourhood restaurants sit alongside the co-operative owned ‘Peoples’ Supermarket’, with independent cafés, cheese, wine and flower shops, as well as an incredible array of fashion boutiques. Many of the restaurants have on-street, outdoor dining, with several pubs nestled in amongst it all keep the area bustling. Find it at Lambs Conduit Street, Camden, London, WC1N 3NH.
Bloomsbury - The Brunswick Centre and Coram’s Fields
The Brunswick Centre is a Grade II listed modernist development in the heart of Bloomsbury, on the doorstep of Russell Square station and nestled next to Brunswick Square Gardens and Coram’s Fields – a seven-acre charity-run park and playground which maintains a lively programme for children throughout the year. Its entrance gate famously states “no unaccompanied adults” and is now open again, seven days a week from 10:00 to 18:00.
The Brunswick Centre itself includes a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants placed around a central open air courtyard for outside dining. It's also situated in an area of rich history, running parallel is the blue-plaque strewn Marchmont Street, and don’t miss The Foundling Museum or Brunswick Square Gardens.
Check out the website for the most recent discounts. Find it at The Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1BS and Coram’s Fields, London WC1N 1DN.
Coal Drops Yard
Coal Drops Yard is King's Cross' newest hotspot for boutique shopping and fantastic food. Alongside its collection of unique and independent brands – from fashion to arts, homeware to beauty - it has a busy programme of pop-up outdoor events for children and adults, with markets, photography exhibitions and themed weeks for you to enjoy. What's more, with its wide, traffic-free and sheltered outdoor spaces, there's plenty of opportunities for al-fresco dining at its many superb restaurants and cafés. Find it at: Stable St, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ.
Drummond Street, Euston
Located just 2 minutes from Euston Station, Drummond Street is home to some of Europe’s best authentic Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants, with amazing vegetarian and vegan options. With new outdoor seating areas at some of its best known venues, Drummond Street is set to be a prime destination this winter.
Hatton Gardens & Leather Lane Market
Take in two of London’s most historic locations: the diamond district of Hatton Garden, the city’s go-to independent shopping destination for jewellery, watches and luxury; While Leather Lane Market is a 400-year-old street food paradise, open weekdays from 10:00 to 14:00. Check out the Garden Card for discounts: from jewellery to coffee, to restaurants and real ale. Find it at Hatton Garden, Camden, London, EC1N 8EX.
Midtown – Holborn & St Giles
Sitting between the West End and the City, Midtown is a buzzing neighbourhood on the doorstep of the British Museum,the Sir John Soane Museum and the iconic Charles Dickens Museum.
The wider area around Tottenham Court Road and St Giles is currently undergoing a Camden Council led £35 million improvement scheme to provide safer, greener and more attractive streets. Turn off any one of these streets, and you will find yourself on a quaint side street with independent cafés and pubs galore. Find it at Holborn, London, WC2B 6AA.
Explore the historic village of Seven Dials, a network of seven exciting streets that link Covent Garden to Soho. The area is home to over 90 fashion, beauty and lifestyle stores as well as over 50 independent restaurants, cafés and bars. It boasts an eclectic mix of international flagships, independent boutiques and concept stores, renowned beauty salons, award-winning restaurants plus a vibrant selection of cafes, bars and pubs. Find it at: Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9HD.
Store Street, Bloomsbury
Nestled between Tottenham Court Road and Russell Square and just steps from the British Museum, Store Street offers a calm neighbourhood feel and the perfect stop for lunch when exploring Bloomsbury. Store Street is also home to The Building Centre, complete with a 12.5 metre-long model depicting 85 square kilometres of London.
Store Street also has a unique range of independent shops: from bikes to music, books to orchids. And with a recent new restaurant opening, it’s a great place part of town to explore and stop off for an afternoon. Find it at: Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT.
Fitzrovia is full of interesting buildings and fascinating corners with flashes of greenery. Great for a leisurely walk, it is an area also known for its creativity: home to galleries, tailors, shops and restaurants. Its retail history has been built on some of London’s most celebrated stores, with Tottenham Court Road the UK’s best street for homeware with more than 20 flagship stores, some of which date back to the early 1800’s. Fitzrovia is also a destination for some of London’s most popular eateries and a great place to have a drink. Charlotte Street is a well-established foody heaven with opportunities for you to enjoy al fresco dining. Find it at Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RJ.
Camden Town and Market
Camden Market has an eclectic mix of stores and stalls, both outdoors and in ,selling vintage and original fashion, hand-crafted accessories, unique gifts and everything in between. A while you’re there, don’t miss the ‘Music Walk of Fame’ by following the mile long trail to take in some of Camden’s musical trailblazers.
Check out discounts of up to 25% at over 60 participating restaurants, shops, stalls, cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as some big name retailers with the Camden Card.
Find it at: Camden Market, Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF.
Only minutes from Camden Town, Chalk Farm offers respite from the crowds while still maintaining its lively edge. With neighbourhood eateries and old-school pubs, it’s the perfect place for some respite and only minutes’ walk from Primrose Hill, London Zoo and Regent’s Park. Find it at Chalk Farm, London, NW1 8EH.
Gospel Oak and Queens Crescent
At Queens Crescent you’ll find a bustling neighbourhood outdoor market held every Thursday and Saturday between 9:00 and 15:00. Queens Crescent is steeped in history as one of London’s oldest street markets. Feel at home at the shops and stalls, many of which have been passed down through generations.
Highgate Village is a neighbourhood centre teeming with independent places to eat, drink, browse the book shelves and shop in independent boutiques. Find it at Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JT.
Kentish Town continues to host and champion its creativity through a range of independent shops, workspaces, pubs and music venues. Not to be missed at the southern end of the high street, just past the junction to Castle Road, is an impressive stretch of hidden gems to eat and shop, many of which have outside space. With its history of social action, Kentish Town continues to make its voice heard – not least by playing host to the Think & Do, a pop-up community space for climate and eco action. Find it at Kentish Town Station, London, NW5 2AA.
Tufnell Park is a peaceful enclave nestled not far from the southernmost corner of Hampstead Heath. On Fortess Road you’ll find butchers, bakers, cafés, bars and international cuisine; alongside picture framers, a sewing shop and a laundrette – everything you could ask for on your local high street. Find it at Tufnell Park, London, N19 5BQ.
The Belsize Village Streatery has had its licence renewed until the 1st of January 2021. With 10 local food establishments taking part, it’s a great place to visit to enjoy al fresco dining in comfortable, relaxed surroundings - complete with environmentally friendly outdoor heaters to help you through the winter months. Find it at: Belsize Terrace, Belsize Park, London NW3 5AS.
A bustling local centre, whether you're running errands or picking something up for your latest DIY project, Finchley Road is the place to go to get things done – followed by a trip to the cinema, or food at one of its neighbourhood spots. The O2 Shopping Centre is an indoor retail and leisure destination open 7 days a week, while the high street offers a diverse parade of shops – from art supplies to homewares, beauty to photography. For cultural attractions, don’t miss the nearby Freud Museum or the Camden Art Centre.
Find it at Finchley Road Station, London, NW3 6OP.
Hampstead Village & Heath
Hampstead is well-known for its arts, music and literary scene; and characterised by iconic landmarks, historic homes, theatres and a vibrant high street. Coming up from the deepest station on the underground, you’ll find yourself minutes from London’s largest heathland complete with amous swimming ponds. In the winter, don’t miss Hampstead Theatre, the art galleries, local cinema, or museums: from Keats to Freud, to the Hampstead Museum at Burgh House and Kenwood House overlooking the Heath. Not to miss are Hampstead’s narrow flagstone alleyways like Flask Court, complete with independent coffee shops and eateries, local butchers, delis and picture perfect pubs, all frequented by its lively locals. Find it at Hampstead, London, NW3 1QG.
Kilburn High Road is a diverse and bustling local centre. As well as a major retail street where you can run all your errands, Kilburn is also home to the temporarily closed, but proudly local Kiln Theatre; the open space of Kilburn Grange Park, and the bustling Kilburn Square Market. Serviced by three stations it is also accessible. Find it at Kilburn High Rd, London, NW6 5UA.
Home to the landmark Swiss chalet-style pub from which the area gains its name, there is plenty to do here: from the renowned Hampstead Theatre to the Odeon IMAX, the Grade-II listed modernist library and the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre complete with swimming pool and gym. There are many neighbourhood eateries around Swiss Cottage and the adjoining Winchester Road, as well as a Farmers’ Market on Eton Avenue every Wednesday from 10:00 to 15:00. Find it at Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 6HY.
West Hampstead – West End Lane
West End Lane mixes residential neighbourhood with an arty edge: the high street acts as a social hub with locals mixing in its cosy pubs and vibrant coffee shops, restaurants and bars perfect for day to evening, and its many independent shops and boutiques. A farmers' market runs outside the Thameslink Station every Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00
Find it at West Hampstead Station, London, NW6 2LJ.