Camden Town is one of the most popular areas of London for locals as well as tourists, and many consider a trip to this unique part of town to be something of a pilgrimage, due to the neighbourhood’s connection with British rock music.
Indeed, many of the best musicians the country has produced over the past 50 years or so have either resided in Camden or been frequent visitors to the area, and several of these superstars began their careers playing gigs in pubs here.
You’ll find live music in Camden almost any night of the week, with some venues hosting major concerts smaller bars provide a stage for up-and-coming bands and artists who just might be the next big thing.
A good place to start is the Camden Eye, which is one of the first pubs you’ll see as you come out of Camden Town tube station. Having won several awards for the quality of its pizzas – which are served in the restaurant upstairs – this cosy establishment is one of the most atmospheric in the area and often hosts concerts.
Heading down Chalk Farm Road – by turning right as you exit the tube station – you’ll pass the likes of the Barfly and the Lock Tavern, both of which are regularly frequented by musicians. Indeed, the likes of Suggs (the lead singer from British ska legends Madness) is often found socialising here, and is known to be from the area.
Just off Chalk Farm Road is Hawley Road, home to the legendary Hawley Arms. This is one of Camden’s most famous pubs and perhaps the best place to go if you want to rub shoulders with a rock star or two.
Elsewhere, the Dublin Castle on Parkway has in the past been visited by the likes of Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, while The Good Mixer on Inverness Street is known to have been a particular favourite of Amy Winehouse.