The Interesting Borough of Camden

Downshire Hill, Hampstead

Located in the central parts of London, Camden is one of the city’s smallest boroughs. It covers an area of 8.4 square miles and has an estimate population of 235.000 people. The borough is home to numerous world famous buildings, entertainment venues, touristic sites and green areas. It is also the location of some of London’s most prominent districts.

Bloomsbury SquareThe area of Bloomsbury lies in the southern parts of Camden and has a population of about 10.000 people. The district is known throughout the English capital for its formal squares, astonishing buildings and lush green parks. The British Museum is beyond any doubt the most famous landmark within Bloomsbury, WC1. It was founded during the mid-18th century and today display a collection of approximately 7 million relics. The British Museum is presently the fifth most visited museum in the world.

Fitzrovia, W1, is adjacent to Bloomsbury and is among London’s most affluent areas. The BT Tower is the district’s most distinguishable structure. It was built from 1961 to 1964 and at the time of its completion was the tallest building in the English capital. The tower is 191 metres tall (antenna included) and was designed by renowned architect Eric Bedford. Fitzroy Square is another well-known local landmark. It is the only Georgian court in Fitzrovia and was largely pedestrianised during the 1970s. Today it is part of the Fitzrovia Conservation Area.

The neighbourhood of Gospel Oak is located in the northern parts of the borough and is home to several well-known churches including St. Dominic’s Priory which is listed as a Grade II* edifice. The area is also the location of a number of top quality educational facilities. The William Ellis School is arguably the best in Gospel Oak, NW5. It was founded in 1862 and presently provides secondary education to boys from the ages of 11 to 18. Among its most famous graduates are guitarist Mark Bedford, author Tim Guest, composer Richard Causton, journalist Tom Bower, historian Orlando Figes and many more.

Kentish Town is a district which shares common boundaries with Camden Town, NW1, in the central parts of the borough. The area is known for its public houses and music venues. It is also believed that pub rock originates from Kentish Town, NW5, as several famous bands in the genre have emerged from the district. The area is linked to the other parts of the city by its own station which was opened in 1868. The transportation hub serves both the London Underground and the National Rail Network, and according to the latest number provides transportation services to over 13 million people annually.

Belsize Park is situated at about four miles from Charing Cross and is one of Camden’s most opulent and beautiful areas. This is proven by the fact that during the years numerous notable people have lived in the district. Among the district’s most famous residents are:

  • Sean Bean
  • Tim Burton
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Kate Hudson
  • Jude Law
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Kate Moss

Belsize Park, NW3, is served by its own tube station which dates back to 1907. It sits on the Northern Line and is used by over six million passengers on a yearly basis.

Downshire Hill, HampsteadThe district of Hampstead which is also known as Hampstead Village, NW3, is one of the borough’s most famous areas. It is the location of several prominent museums such as the Fenton House, Freud Museum, Kenwood House, Keats House Museum and, Burgh House and Hampstead Museum. It is also home to a number of famed theatres and entertainment venues. The area of Hampstead is renowned for its intellectual, artistic, musical and literally associations which is why it is one of London’s most desirable residential neighbourhoods.

Highgate is situated in the northern parts of Camden in close proximity to the district of Dartmouth Park. It has a population of 10.000 people and lies at about five miles from Charing Cross. The area is often visited by tourists as it is the location of a number of internationally known landmarks such as Highgate Wood, Archway Bridge, Athlone House, St. Michael’s Church and more. Highgate, N6, is served by its own tube station which was established in 1867 and sits on the Northern Line.