Rachel Cunningham Clark is the second curator at a large art gallery Zabludowicz Collection in London. For the past 20 years the gallery has supporten young artists from the UK, the USA, and Finland, and it is now one of the best-known venues for exhibiting informal modern art. Born in the north of England, Rachel moved to London several years ago and immediately submerget into its busy life. She told iknow.travel about the best places in Camden, her favourite district.
There are many charity and second-hand shops around Kentish Town station. It is a prosperous neighbourhood, and the locals are used to giving away their old clothes. One of the most interesting shops is called PDSA. It is very easy to find your way around because the inner structure resembles that of a normal store. All clothes are sorted and hang separately: lond skirts, short skirts, blouses, trousers, etc. They sell excellent-quality and sometimes quite expensive stuff very cheaply.
One of the best coffeeshops in town is situated in Camden. It has a special vibe, too: it's all about running around, and is definitely not a place to sit alone for a long time. Tiny space and one big table imply communication with other customers. So if you're not a regular, it's best to have your coffee fast or take it away with you. On the other hand, both customers and staff are very friendly and a pleasure to chat to.
A pub with a brewery opened in the 19th century. Among others, they brew Camden Pale Ale which is sold in many other local pubs. It is very strong scented and tasty, so don't miss a chance to try it if you happen nearby. The setting amazes as well: inside they keep beer barrels and perform all necessary operations. They also have tours in the evenings when guides explain the process of brewage.
You can eat at Camden Brewery, too. They offer a wide range of burgers, BBQ, and other classic pub meals. Vietnamese dishes are common as well.
Here they serve ice cream made according to Italian recipes. The company has been operating for more than 80 years and has a reputation of one of the best in town. Even when it's cold outside, it's hard to resist the temptation to try one of its cones.
Zabludowicz Collection is one of the most famous organizations that support beginner artists. Exhibitions are held in the building of a former Methodist church, quite a unique space with a balcony on the second floor from where you can see everything that goes on downstairs. It has a bunch of stairs and coridors where one can easily get lost.
All this provides countless opportunities to create a new art show: the interiour is changed completely after even small modifications, while still remaining the same recognizable old building.
One of the most legendary and iconic places in London, the Camden market area has a scent of nostalgia for the city dwellers, because all of them used to spend days and nights here when they were teenagers. A new generation of teens has come, and the place is still full of 15-year-olds.
But it is known for things other than nostalgia. If your interest in the market is mostly touristic, there is a range of nice shops nearby – meaning real shops, not market stands. Some of them are quite unusual, and are worth going in for a quick look. Becides, the marketspace itself, decorated with equine statues, is curious. Generally, you need to walk and loook around and feel the atmosphere. Well, and buy something, if you're lucky.
All branches of Rockit second-hand shops are different, but the one in Camden, right at the spot of the Camden market, sells great stuff at low prices. The Rockit started in Camden about 30 years ago, and grew from a small stand at the market to a huge corporation, so this place can be called somewhat historic.
The Unicorn Pub
A pub with a relaxed and informal setting and friendly owners. Punk rock concerts (sometimes mixed with indie and hardcore) are held here, and this place is known as "true" by real punk rockers, who drink and dance here. They don't serve food, but a nice dinner is definitely not why people come to The Unicorn.