Renting in Camden

Vibrant, artistic and the most musical place in London, Camden Town is first choice for many renters. It’s truly a feast for the senses, offering an electric atmosphere, a rock-star nightlife, an awesome live music scene, a treasure trove of shops and markets, picturesque parks and canals and food stalls and restaurants to satisfy every taste imaginable. You only have to step outside the station and you can literally feel the buzz - and it’s not just from the market stalls’ speakers – the bohemian borough really has an atmosphere like no other. But it’s not just Goths, tourists and tattooed teenagers that are attracted to the creative and cultural heart of London; Camden breeds diversity and its wide range of properties attract everyone from creative young professionals and City types, to families and celebrities.

Camden Town came into its own existence in the 1790s. Until then, the area was vast and green. It may come as a surprise to locals that drinking venues in Camden were once sparse and the area offered just two inns: "Mother's Cap" (today known as "World's End") and "Southampton" (now known as "Edwards"). Camden has been largely residential since the 1790s, but the development of the Grand Union Canal and the improved railway transport really brought the borough to life.

Camden is being revived and its regeneration plans will only further attract renters. There is a wider development plan for the creation of Canal Lock Village, which will include flats and a covered market with rooftop pavilions; the council has agreed a renovation of Camden High Street; and the overcrowded Camden Town Tube station is set to get a £200m makeover. As well as through regeneration, Camden’s popularity has also been given a boost by infrastructure investment. For years the fact Camden Town was so close to King’s Cross was a negative for prospective buyers, but today living so close to an international station is hugely attractive. Money has been spent regenerating and smartening up the canal, while the Eurostar terminal has put Paris a couple of hours away.

Camden breeds diversity and everyone from successful professionals and lawyers, to students and City types who can’t afford Primrose Hill rent in the area. It is also becoming popular with Italian, German and French renters and when walking through the high street you can expect to hear a babble of different languages. The area’s liberal reputation also attracts those in the arts and creative industries, but increasing rental prices do mean that these days renters tend to be older or sharers. The prized properties in Camden are four-storey Georgian terraces in Arlington Road and handsome Victorian houses along Gloucester Crescent. In the Camden conservation area there are modern, architect-designed houses as well as loft-style flats around the canal.

The available rental stock is 79% 1 or 2 bedroom properties - ideal for single professionals or sharers. Renters can expect to pay an average price of £395 a week for a 1 bedroom property, and £540 a week for a 2 bedroom property. Camden is home to some great schools and most local secondary schools performed better than average in the latest league tables. Holy Trinity is a popular primary school and local parents are desperate to get their daughters into comprehensive secondary Camden Schools for Girls. North Bridge House and South Hampstead High are great private alternatives. Camden Town is a major shopping centre and international tourist attraction. With its colourful shop fronts decorated with giant dragons and angels it’s a magnet for younger shoppers looking for something a little different. Camden homes a treasure trove of indoor and outdoor markets, offering everything from vintage fashion and ethnic jewellery, to antique furniture and street food. The area also houses Waitrose, M&S, Wholefoods and popular high street shops Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Shoppers looking for more sophisticated boutiques can make their way to Regent’s Park road.

As a place that revolves around music, Camden is unsurprisingly home to some of the best bars and clubs in the capital. Electric Ballroom has showcased some of the biggest names in music, the restored Roundhouse has live music, theatre, dance and circus and Camden is gig heaven, with bands playing every night of the week.

Foodies are well looked after, too. Shaka Zulu is London’s largest South African restaurant that offers food, drinks, live music, dancing and daytime entertainment, set over an impressive 27,000 sq ft in The Stables Market; Gilgamesh is also in The Stables Market, and serves delicious pan-Asian food. The Engineer is a popular gastro-pub on Gloucester Avenue that also serves great food.

For an urban area, Camden is surprisingly close to green space; Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park are a stone’s throw away and Hampstead is just a 10 minute bus ride. Along the Regent’s Canal there are lovely serene walks to the zoo in Regent’s Park and culture wise there’s a five-screen Odeon cinema on Parkway.

As with most areas close to the West End, Camden benefits from excellent transport links. Camden Town is conveniently on both branches of the Northern line and there are several bus routes running directly into London. Both Euston and King’s Cross mainline stations are within walking distance.

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£1,975 pw*
Exuding luxury, this sought-after property is ideal for anyone looking for a modern, spacious home in the heart of St John's Wood. The property is exceptionally furnished throughout and boasts three double bedrooms, parking and a stunning, contemporary design.
3 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
St. Johns Wood (0.5M)
Chalk Farm (0.6M)
Swiss Cottage (0.7M)
£1,845 pw*
Offering stylish and contemporary living space, this luxurious three double bedroom property boasts a spacious reception room and is situated on exclusive Parkwood Point in the heart of St John's Wood.
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
St. Johns Wood (0.5M)
Chalk Farm (0.6M)
Swiss Cottage (0.7M)
1. Camden Lock
Camden Lock
Established in 1973, Camden Lock market continues to attract some of the capitals most creative individuals. With its eclectic mix of stalls, restaurants and bars the newly refurbished market attracts visitors from all over the world.
£850 pw*
Enviably located in a period property close to Chalk Farm and Kentish Town Tube stations (Northern Line Zone 2), this five bedroom flat is ideal for students or professional sharers. The flat boasts five good sized double bedrooms, a spacious kitchen with dining/entertaining area and two bathrooms.
5 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Kentish Town West (0.1M)
Kentish Town (0.3M)
Kentish Town (0.3M)
£510 pw*
A spacious, three bedroom flat enviably located on the corner of Camden Road and York Way. The property is within close proximity to Camden Town, Kentish Town (Northern Line Zone 2 and Caledonian Road station (Zone 2 Piccadilly Line). The property boasts three double bedrooms, an open plan lounge with kitchen, a bathroom and balcony, and would be ideal for three students/sharers.
3 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom
Caledonian Road (0.5M)
Kentish Town (0.5M)
Kentish Town (0.5M)
2. Jazz Cafe
Jazz Cafe
Since it originally opened in 1990, the Jazz Cafe has become a favourite jazz, soul, funk, dance and hiphop venue. With a long history of popular intimate gigs as well as a great value for money restaurant, the Jazz Cafe has a well-earned reputation as a cool and laid back must-visit club.
£375 pw*
A spacious and extremely well presented two bedroom property moments from Camden Town Tube (Northern Line Zone 2) and Camden Road (Overground). The property boasts laminate floors throughout, outside space and has been decorated to an exceptionally high standard. The property would be ideal for a professional couple, family or sharers.
2 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom
Camden Road (0.0M)
Camden Town (0.2M)
Kentish Town West (0.5M)
£370 pw*
A spacious and contemporary one bedroom flat situated in a period conversion near Camden High Street's fantastic amenities and Camden Town Tube station (Northern Line Zone 2). The flat is offered in immaculate condition and has just been refurbished throughout.
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
Camden Town (0.1M)
Camden Road (0.3M)
Mornington Crescent (0.3M)
3. Camden Square
Camden Square
Located between Kentish Town and Camden Town, Camden Square provides an informal, but stunning open gardens, providing a diverse and sustainable habitat for wild birds, along with a vibrant activity centre for young children.
£360 pw*
A beautifully decorated one bedroom ground floor flat situated on the very desirable Albert Street. The property boasts a spacious open plan living space, ample storage space and it would be ideal for a professional or single person.
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
Mornington Crescent (0.2M)
Camden Town (0.2M)
Camden Road (0.4M)
£350 pw*
A well presented, spacious one bedroom raised ground floor maisonette situated in a period conversion a short distance from Camden Road (overground) and Camden Town (Northern Line Zone 2). The property has been tastefully redecorated throughout.
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
Camden Road (0.2M)
Camden Town (0.4M)
Mornington Crescent (0.6M)
4. Camden Market
Camden Market
In 1974 a weekly craft market was set up, from which Camden Lock has grown and grown. The Camden Markets, including the Stables Market, Inverness Street Market and the Camden Lock, attract nearly 100,000 people every weekend, making it the fourth most popular tourist attraction in London.
£320 pw*
Newly decorated throughout is this spacious one bedroom flat set on the first floor of a well maintained purpose build, offering spacious lounge with ample space for entertainment, separate kitchen and a large double bedroom. The property would suit a single professional or a couple.
1 Bedroom
1 Bathroom
Caledonian Road (0.2M)
Holloway Road (0.6M)
Highbury & Islington (0.7M)
5. Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill offers some of the most gorgeous views of Central London and is a popular spot for families and local residents to have picnics during the summer. It is located to the north side of Regent's Park.
6. York Way
York Way
With a diverse range of independent traders, York Way provides a lifeline for the local community. Nearby is the Lord Stanley pub which is rightly popular with locals and offers excellent gastropub style food.
7. Kings Place
Kings Place
A new classical music venue and art gallery situated just minutes from Kings Cross and St Pancras in London. Following a competition, Dixon Jones was appointed to design the building, which combines music and art, as well as providing a world class conference, events and office centre.
8. The Unicorn
The Unicorn
A delightful pub located on the corner of Brecknock and Camden Roads, which attracts a wide range of customers due to its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Now self styled as a "rock pub", it offers a good range of free live music throughout the week, pub games and a great selection of beers, wines and spirits.
9. Earl of Camden Pub
Earl of Camden Pub
A spacious and friendly pub which is perfectly located in the midst of all the local Camden attractions. With a neighbourhood pub feel, it attracts a mixed crowd and is perfect for people watching along Parkway or a casual drink with friends.
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