A public toilet, brambles and lamposts are among surprising choices on Camden lists of hidden treasures, a new report by the Ham&High reveals.
What’s more, these unlikely hidden treasures in Camden are what residents would like to see better protected. The research was released after the council asked residents to submit their favourite buildings, gardens, statues or local features that make the borough distinctive in order to draw up a list of sites that are not already listed but are special to people in the area.
As the borough’s hidden landmarks are sought out, local newspaper the Ham&High conducted their own research to find out what other favourite spots are special to Camden folk.
John Plews, owner and artistic director of Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre in Highgate Village, pointed to the public toilets in Pond Square as one of his favoured spots, describing the toilet as looking like a little house in the middle of Highgate.
Hampstead jazz musician and guitarist John Etheridge heartily agreed, saying they were the “Rolls Royce of toilets”.
Going against the grain was Bill Oddie, TV presenter and birdwatcher extraordinaire. He said that brambles on Hampstead Heath should be preserved rather than cut down in regular weeding operations.
When it comes to favourite Hampstead pubs everyone had an opinion from The Holly Bush in HollyMount to The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead Lane and the Duke of Hamilton in New End.
“This research shows that everyone loves really individual things about Camden,” says Vatche Cherchian, manager at the Camden branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “Camden is such a vibrant area with something for everyone and it is great that as much of it will be preserved for future generations as possible.”