Camden Future High Streets
Camden’s high streets play a crucial role in community life. They are the places where residents, workers and visitors shop, work, socialise, and access culture and services. They provide a range of jobs and employment opportunities and have an important role in supporting the health and well-being of our communities. However, Camden’s high streets, along with those up and down the country, have been facing a range of challenges, trends and changing consumer habits which have been compounded by the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020 we commenced the Camden Future High Streets programme to support our high streets through the pandemic and into a robust recovery and re-imagined future. We want to attract people back to their high streets, and to work together with businesses, residents and our partners to explore how our centres could be used in new ways and tackle the challenges we face.
As an introduction to the vision and objectives of this ongoing work and to see what has been happening on our high streets you can find out more from our Camden Future High Streets prospectus:
We have ongoing engagements on our Camden Future High Streets Commonplace page here:
Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund
Camden Future High Streets Crowdfund is an initiative launched by Camden Council, in partnership with civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive. We are seeking to fund the delivery of innovative, forward thinking projects that support the re-imagining of our high streets and recovery for a sustainable future. High streets are at the heart of our communities and the Council are seeking proposals from local groups and organisations that provide clear and benefits to Camden's high streets, businesses and the residents they serve.
Camden Council has allocated up to £360,000 to the crowdfund, with up to £5,000 per project available to help selected successful projects who manage to get wider support.
The Council is seeking proposals from local groups and organisations that will benefit Camden's high streets, businesses and local residents. Suitable projects will have the opportunity to raise money by creating a campaign on the Spacehive platform, where anyone with an interest can pledge to fund a certain amount of money towards the campaign if it is successful. The Council will also make pledges to certain projects. To receive a potential pledge from the Council, projects need to meet a set of criteria and demonstrate how they support Camden Future High Streets’ vision and objectives, as set out in the High Streets Prospectus, which is launched alongside the fund.
We have just finished our first round of funding. The Autumn funding round is now open. The deadline for projects to apply is December 14th. You can get involved now by filling out an expression of interest form or joining one of our workshops. To get involved or learn more, view our Spacehive crowdfund page here.
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High Streets - shop, visit, discover
Camden’s high streets are reopening safely. Support local businesses and rediscover what's on offer.
Our vibrant and unique high streets are the heart of Camden's community and economy. The last 12 months have been particularly tough for many local businesses. Yet, for many people the high street has also become more important than ever through the Covid-19 pandemic, providing essential shops, services and outside spaces within walking distance of home.
Camden has a variety of amazing independent shops, creative spots and new places to discover. Whether you stay local or explore a new part of the borough, there’s something to suit any occasion.
Your high street shops and town centres are all working hard to keep you safe when you visit. You can play your part by following guidance in-store to help keep yourself and others safe. With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 response, information and advice from the Government can change quickly. So before you visit, make sure you check our guidance to shop safely, and don’t forget your face covering.
Are you a business? Find out more about the financial and other support available to help you reopen safely here.
Support local business and the high street
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Supporting the High Street
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.
Let's keep each other safe
Camden remains open for business and it’s important that we work together to keep each other safe when we shop local and rediscover our highstreets. You can find the latest advice and guidance as well as what businesses are doing to keep you safe at: camden.gov.uk/coronavirus
How to get to your High Street
Safe, sustainable travel in Camden
The Covid-19 pandemic means we’re working even harder to make sure Camden has a range of safe and sustainable travel options available for residents and businesses to walk or cycle to a high street.
Whether it’s widening pavements, reducing through traffic and rat-running on local roads, or installing new cycle lanes and cycle infrastructure, we are committed to creating a sustainable borough. Check out our Travel Safer schemes to see the many changes we’re making and to see what else is coming up.