Getting to Know… Camden Town

Getting to Know… Camden Town

Categories: Accommodation, Camden, London Living


Camden Town is a vibrant and lively neighbourhood nested in the London Borough of Camden. Known for its alternative music scene, eclectic markets, and unique street art, Camden Town is a must-visit destination for international students looking to immerse themselves in the dynamic culture of London. In this guide, we'll take you through the best places to eat, shop, and visit in Camden Town, ensuring you have an unforgettable experience while staying at our stylish Camden campus.

Navigating Camden Town: The Best Ways to Access its Transport Network

Camden Town benefits from excellent transport links, making it easy for foreign students to navigate the city. The area is served by Camden Town underground station, which is part of the Northern Line. The Northern Line connects Camden Town with popular destinations such as Euston, King's Cross, Waterloo, Charing Cross, and Bank. It's a convenient way to access various parts of Central London and explore the city's attractions. The Northern Line also operates a 24-hour service on the Charing Cross branch on Fridays and Saturdays, ensuring you can easily get around even during late hours.

Additionally, Camden Town station is serviced by a Thameslink line, allowing you to catch trains to cities outside of London. For those interested in exploring other areas of London, the nearby Camden Road Overground station offers easy access to East London and leafy Hampstead Heath.

Camden Town is also well-served by multiple bus routes that pass through its bustling high street. London bus routes such as 88 and 134 provide convenient connections to central locations like Piccadilly Circus and University College Hospital/Euston Road. Furthermore, the night bus service (N20 in this case) operates as a 24-hour line, offering a convenient option for weekend or late night outings.

Don't forget to check the Transport for London website before you travel for the latest updates and information.

Camden Town Healthcare Options

Camden Town provides a range of healthcare options, including General Practitioners (GPs), dentists, and opticians.

There are over five General Practitioners located within a ten-minute walk from Camden Town, allowing you to find a practice that suits your needs. To find more information about local GPs, you can use the NHS Service Search, which provides detailed information about healthcare providers in the area.

For dental services, you can visit Kentish Town Dental Services in Camden or take a short walk to NW1 Dental Care, a partner dental clinic of SCL International College. Please ask at our front desk for more details.

If you need opticians, Camden Town has over ten options within a one-mile radius. The NHS Service Search can help you explore the local opticians and find one that suits your requirements.

Camden Town is heaven for shopaholics

Camden Town is the perfect neighbourhood for curious students. The area is famous for its unusual markets, but it also offers a variety of shops for all students' needs.

For grocery shopping, Camden Town's high street features a mix of supermarkets, grocery stores, and convenience stores catering to different budgets. You'll find popular supermarket chains as well as smaller stores where you can purchase cleaning supplies, kitchenware, and decorative items for your SCL studio room. Let’s not forget to mention that there's a farmers market that opens every Saturday and Sunday, providing fresh produce and unique artisanal products.

If you're looking to update your wardrobe or find unique gifts, a visit to Camden Market is a must. Sitting just opposite Camden Campus, Camden Market offers a vast array of vintage clothing stores and London souvenir shops. Along Camden High Street, you'll find both popular retail brands and independent shops. Buck Street Market, which has recently been renovated, is also worth exploring for a diverse shopping experience.


Exploring Camden Town: Things to do

From bustling markets to iconic music venues, this vibrant London neighbourhood offers a unique blend of attractions and activities that cater to all tastes.

Discover Street Art: Camden Town is renowned for its vibrant street art scene. Watch for colourful murals and graffiti adorning the walls as you explore the area. Some notable street art spots include the iconic Amy Winehouse mural on Camden High Street and the ever-changing artworks along the canal.

Camden Market: As mentioned above, this is a must-visit destination for any visitor to the area. It's a bustling market filled with diverse stalls selling clothing, accessories, art, vintage items, and much more. The market is known for its alternative and indie vibe, making it a great place to discover unique treasures.

Visit Regent's Canal: Go for a walk along Regent's Canal, which runs through Camden Town, for a serene and picturesque experience. Admire the colourful canal boats, enjoy the tranquil scenery, and observe the locks in action. You can also opt for a boat trip along the canal, providing a different perspective of the area.

The Roundhouse: Immerse yourself in Camden Town's rich musical heritage by visiting The Roundhouse, an iconic music venue. Known for its impressive architecture and history, The Roundhouse hosts an eclectic range of performances, including concerts, theatre productions, and festivals. Check their event calendar to catch a show during your visit.

Primrose Hill: A delightful escape from the busy city streets and one of the highlights of the area is the iconic Primrose Hill itself. Offering breath-taking panoramic views of the city skyline, it is the perfect spot for a leisurely picnic or to simply soak in the serene atmosphere. The area is also dotted with quaint cafes, boutique shops, and art galleries, inviting you to explore and indulge in the local charm.

Regent's Park: Just a short distance from Camden Town, Regent's Park offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, visit the London Zoo, or relax by the lake.


Restaurants and Pubs in Camden

Below we recommend four fantastic restaurants and pubs for your culinary delights.

The Blues Kitchen: Indulge in mouth-watering American soul food and enjoy live music performances in this chilled out venue. Don't forget to take advantage of their famous BBQ ribs and juicy burgers.

The Hawley Arms: A favourite haunt of musicians and celebrities, The Hawley Arms offers a traditional pub atmosphere with a rock 'n' roll edge. Enjoy classic British dishes and a pint inside the pub or on their rooftop terrace.

Poppies Fish and Chips: Treat yourself to a quintessentially British meal at Poppies, a renowned fish and chips shop in Camden Town. Their crispy battered fish and perfectly cooked chips will satisfy your cravings.

Camden Town's Hidden Gems: Places to visit with SCL Student Discounts

The Camden Club: Located just a short walk from Chalk Farm and directly across from the Roundhouse, SCL students have the opportunity to find a fresh addition to London's vibrant music scene - The Camden Club. This place promises to offer great drinks and tasty food from their menu options including speciality burgers. Our students can take advantage of a 10% discount by presenting their Stay Club discount card.

How to access your SCL student card: Only SCL students and The Stay Club residents have access to amazing deals and offers all across London including food, varied services, entertainment and much more. SCL students can apply for their student discount cards at the SCL school front reception desk.

Baladin Camden: Nestled in the heart of Camden Market, right in front of the statue of Amy Winehouse, SCL students can discover a quintessential restaurant - Baladin. London is packed with diverse culinary scenes, and this Italian gem offers a delectable selection of pasta dishes with traditional Italian sauces and Roman-style pizza. SCL students can indulge in their delicious delights with an exclusive 10% discount on their entire menu when presenting the Stay Club discount card.

Camden Boxing Club: Our SCL students can try out Camden Boxing classes suitable for all fitness needs. Students use STAYCLUB25_1USE for their first credit and STAYCLUB15 for all credits they need to enjoy their classes at discounted rates. It’s essential to bring the Stay Club card and we recommend reading all FAQs on their website beforehand!

Camden Town: Your new home away from home

When it comes to edgy and diverse neighbourhoods in London, Camden Town takes centre stage. With its bustling atmosphere, eateries, and drinking spots, Camden Town offers a truly unique experience. This artistic and creative district offers many shopping options, live music, immersive entertainment scenes, and a rich tapestry of cultural experiences. Camden Town presents an exceptional option for international students searching for an extraordinary borough within London, boasting its distinct alternative realm.

Available Study Programmes at the SCL Camden Town Campus

Our Camden campus, usually designed exclusively for university students, opens its doors to English language learners during summer. Our General English language programmes for students aged 16+ and our Young Learners courses are in full swing from mid-June to the end of August.

Prospective international students can find inspiration from Jan's learning journey. Jan is our former student from Czech Republic, who embarked on a captivating two-week adventure at our Camden Campus and loved his experience!

The SCL International College Camden Town campus is the perfect match for international students seeking a learning experience in an energetic environment and artistic neighbourhood. For more details regarding our General English Programmes, reach out to our dedicated admission team. We can't wait to welcome you to our campus and support your academic journey towards success!

Final Tip: If you're staying in Camden Town, then be sure to explore SCL's other nearby campus and our Kentish Town Guide. Get to know all the hot spots in London while you're studying with SCL International College!

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