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Exploring Camden - a guide to one of London's most exciting boroughs

London has a ton of sights to see and explore, whether you're visiting for a weekend or starting to explore surrounding neighbourhood when moving into the city. Over the years, Camden has become a thriving centre of independent ventures and appealing venues in the heart of the capital, ripe for exploration by those looking for a slightly different side of London.

Camden Town presents a vibrant array of pubs, clubs, shops and market stalls all vying for your attention, steeped in a rich history which is intrinsically linked to London's music scene - specifically the punk movement in the mid-70s. It's here in Camden where punk found it's wider calling and stormed into the spotlight, making this borough the place to be for any aspiring punk to catch the big names performing here.

Today, the echoes of Camden's punk legacy can be heard around record stores like All Ages Records and Vinyl Boutique Records, as well as the legendary music venues such as the Roundhouse and Electric Ballroom which played host to The Clash, The Sex Pistols and other iconic bands. For those who're passionate about music, a visit to Camden is synonymous with a stroll through an influential piece of British music history and an essential location to visit.

You'll find secondhand stores galore here in Camden, dedicated to designer labels and apparel of practically every sort imaginable. Camden's namesake market is a melting pot of aesthetics and items, with art dealers rubbing shoulders with antiques and artisanal bakers to showcase London's more eclectic side. While bagging a bargain item from the market is part of the charm that Camden brings to the table, all the secondhand stalls and stores coming together to collectively keep Camden's counterculture history alive and kicking.

The street food scene in Camden is second-to-none in the city, bringing cuisine from all over the globe into one place so you can sate your desire for almost any type of food imaginable. From comforting French beef bourguignon at The Patate to vegan treats at Rudy's Dirty Vegan Diner, and even sunny Hawaiian delights offered by Lords of Poké. The fact that a single stroll through Camden Market can transport your senses all over the world makes this borough worth a look-in.

If a classic British pub is more your speed then worry not, Camden has more than enough opens to cater for these tastes as well. There's famous local establishments like The Hawley Arms and The World's End which have carved a space among North London's favourites, to more modern bars such as The Cuban which is nestled within the Stables Market.

From the Camden High Street down to Camden Lock by the canal, this borough is brimming with a captivating energy that's tough to tear yourself away from. For those who find a visit to Camden feel like coming home, there's plenty of fantastic opportunities to find property in Camden so you can live here permanently. Berkeley Group have a number of new apartments at Camden Goods Yard that put you just a stone's throw away from the action, featuring 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties which are perfect for couples or families looking to embrace Camden's eclectic personality.