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    Moving to Camden: London area guide

    By The reallymoving Team Updated 28th May, 2024

    Reviewed by Em Smith

    Our guide to buying and moving home in the lively London town of Camden.

    Moving to Camden: London area guide

    If you're planning on moving to Camden in North London, we've got everything you need to know about your new home. Whilst you may know it as the tourist location with a thriving market, Camden means so much more to the locals who live there.

    Why move to Camden town?

    Camden is a mixed, colourful, and vibrant part of North London in the NW1 and NW5 postcodes. It's often associated with alternative culture and is most known for its bustling markets.

    The music venues, bars and pubs are also all popular destinations for visitors to the capital and Londoners from across the city.

    Known as the home of famous singer Amy Winehouse (who now a statue in the Stables Market) it was also once home to writers Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas, and Virginia Woolf.

    Historically, Camden attracted artists, bohemians, and creatives, as well as young professionals from across the city and beyond, wanting to make it their home. Now, as Camden property prices rise and the area's grungy past has had a bit of a makeover, its residents have changed too.

    The London Borough of Camden is one of the most expensive London boroughs, with the average property price being around £1.18 million over the last year. Whether you're planning to buy or rent in Camden, it's worth knowing what kind of property is out there, and what you're likely to pay for it.

    Property in Camden

    Adding to the individual nature of Camden Town, there are a vast mix of property types in the area, including Victorian and Georgian terraces, low rise council blocks and larger Victorian houses. There has also been a recent bump in the number of new build apartments.

    Subsidence

    If you are attracted to the character of Victorian and Georgian homes, be aware of signs of subsidence when viewing potential new properties, as Camden is an area of London that can suffer from subsidence.

    Average price of property in Camden

    According to Rightmove, the average price for a flat in Camden is £881,426, whilst terraced houses can go for over £2 million. Whilst these may not be as affordable as other less fashionable places in London, if Camden is where you want to make your home, you'll be in the middle of all the action, with great bus and tube access.

    Residential streets accessed from Parkway, such as Arlington Road and Albert Street, are particularly desirable locations for home buyers in Camden, due to the attractive four storey townhouses and distance to the tube.
    If you're on more of a budget, you may want to increase your search to surrounding areas, like Kentish Town or Swiss Cottage, where you'll find properties that are (slightly) cheaper.

    Camden has an impressive staying power, with a large proportion of residents choosing stay living in the district, upsizing to bigger homes after renting or flat sharing – an unusual trend for inner city, vibrant areas of London.

    Council tax in Camden

    For information about council tax banding in the London Borough of Camden, take a look at our article, ‘How much is council tax in London?’ and find out how much council tax you will be paying when you have moved to Camden.

    Transportation

    TFL public transport

    The main tube station, Camden Town, is on both branches of the Northern line, one of the busiest underground lines, in zone 2. The Northern line travels from Edgware and High Barnet in the north of London, down to Morden, the southernmost station.

    Residents of Camden can benefit from a quick underground service to major central locations such as King’s Cross St Pancras, London Bridge, Old Street, Leicester Square, Waterloo, Charing Cross and Euston, although, as the walk to Euston and King’s Cross is only around 20 minutes, this may be a preferred method to avoid the peak commuter times.

    Camden Road station offers London Overground services on the North London line from Stratford to Richmond. There is also a number of bus links operating from Camden to destinations across the capital.

    Cycling

    With the continued growth of cycling in London, and many ongoing proposals to improve the cycling experience for Londoners, it's a popular way to get around the city, and Camden has many cycle routes in the area.

    The Camden canal provides excellent opportunities and paths for cycling.

    Cars and parking permits

    Parking permits

    If you intend to have a car when living in Camden, parking permit tariffs are based on a vehicle’s CO2 emissions. The parking permit will allow you to park at any time within the zone you live in.

    To apply for a parking permit, visit Camden London Borough Council’s website. You can also find out how to apply for a parking suspension or permit for your removal company on your moving day on the council’s website. 

    ULEZ

    Camden falls within the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) which means that any car needs to be ULEZ compliant. You can check if your car is ULEZ compliant. If it's not, you'll need to pay £12.50 per day for the car, which can add up quickly if it's your permanent residence.

    Congestion charge

    Camden town is not within the congestion charge zone, and as such you won't have to pay to drive through. However, whilst having a car to get out of the city is useful, it really is much easier and quicker to navigate public transport if you're going to other areas of London.

    Attractions and entertainment

    Daytime attractions

    When in Camden Town, it is essential to visit Camden Market. The Camden Markets, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, offer an eclectic variety of shopping, from antiques to futuristic designs, books and music, crafts, and a vast selection of world street food. You can also find gothic and punk clothing, jewellery and furniture.

    Similar to mainstream Oxford Street, Camden Market gets incredibly busy at the weekend, so if you don’t enjoy crowds, this may be best left to weekday visits. The atmosphere and variety that comes with the weekend groups, however, can often be worth the crowding. Loved by tourists and locals, there’s a reason why they Camden Market is the fourth most popular London destination.

    Despite its central location and urban appearance, Camden is close to green spaces and park land. With Regent’s Park, Hampstead Heath and St Martin’s Gardens nearby, there are many opportunities to enjoy more peaceful pursuits in this bustling town. It's also incredibly close to London Zoo in Regent's Park, walking distance from Camden Town.

    Camden’s placing on Regent’s Canal provides activities such as kayaking tours and London Waterbus cruises, so you can feel at one with nature and explore London’s historic waterways without having to venture too far from your new Camden home.

    Evening entertainment

    Camden’s nightlife is second to none. From rock and roll pubs to trendy bars, there are evening events to please all Camden residents and visitors. 

    It’s not just about the drink and street food in Camden, as there are plenty of restaurants to sample. Haché Burger is a Camden favourite, considered to offer one of the best burgers in London. For a more elegant evening, Lemonia or Michael Nadra in Primrose Hill offer stylish dining experiences.

    With a host of alternative and electronic music venues, including The Underworld, Electric Ballroom and Koko, Camden is a popular place for music lovers, attracting many successful musicians at all stages in their careers. Camden isn’t limited to rock bands and DJs; it offers jazz and blues fans places to enjoy their favourite sounds, such as the Jazz Café and Blues Kitchen.

    The Camden Roundhouse is another popular entertainment venue, holding theatrical performances, circus events, spoken word and comedy in addition to live music, including the iTunes Festival.

    Living in Camden

    Despite years of regeneration and development, Camden Town still has a strong sense of community and diversity, with a strong dedication to supporting local businesses.

    Education in Camden

    There are some excellent options for education in Camden for both primary and secondary schools. Some notable schools in Camden include the well-performing state secondary schools, Camden School for Girls, and Regents High School.

    If you are attracted to the buzz and eccentricity of Camden but would prefer a quieter life away from the centre of the action, nearby Primrose Hill maybe be more suitable. It is a scenic area with great views over London, but its prime location and pleasant surroundings means it comes with a big price tag, with the average cost of a home at £1.2 million.

    Is Camden safe to live in?

    Due to its large tourist presence around Camden Market the crime rates in Camden can appear inflated. Despite this, Camden is a generally safe place to live with a good emergency service presence.
    It’s always important to research the area you will be moving to so you can assess if it’s the right place for you to settle down.

    Buying in Camden

    Once you have found your perfect London home in Camden, it is important to enlist the knowledge of expert professionals to help your house move to run smoothly.

    Due to its location in North London, Camden is an area which will be affected by the construction and operation of the High Speed 2 railway. The HS2 is a railway network connecting cities in the UK to London Euston station; it will be running through the north west of the capital.

    To find out how your Camden home may be impacted by the railway line, your conveyancing solicitor will undertake the necessary searches to discover the distance your property will be from the route and the impact it may have.

    Subsidence can also be an issue for properties in Camden, with the NW postcode being a prominent area for subsidence. Finding a Chartered Surveyor with local experience of the buildings in Camden will help you to discover whether there is any evidence of subsidence in your new home. Your surveyor will report on the nature, progressiveness and severity of the subsidence.

    In addition to information about subsidence, your property surveyor will be able to provide you with extra guidance about how the HS2 may affect your property.

    Buying in Camden town may not be possible for everyone, but if you love the vibrancy and bustle of the markets whilst admiring the classic townhouses and beautiful parks, Camden might just be the perfect home for you.

    Moving to Camden FAQs

    Is Camden expensive to live in? 

    Camden is one of the most expensive areas to buy property in London due to its popularity and attractions.

    Is Camden, London a good place to live? 

    Camden is a vibrant place to live with plenty to explore and do for both days out and nightlife. However, due to its attraction and popularity with tourists it does come with a big price tag.

    What is the crime rate in Camden? 

    The crime rate in Camden is above the average for both London and the rest of the UK. The overall crime rate in Camden in 2023 was 118 crimes per 1,000 people with the main crime reported being other theft. This is likely due to the increased tourism in Camden Market.
     
    Updated May 2024

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