When to come

Busy Camden High Street all year round
Busy Camden High Street all year round
  • Busy Camden High Street all year round
  • Camden Lock Village Markets
  • Busy Camden Lock Village
  • Stables Market food stalls
  • Great Regent's Park during summer time
  • Sunny Stables Market is a great place to visit

Spring - Mar / Apr / May

Canalway Cavalcade festival (May)

Canalway Cavalcade is a colourful gathering of canal boats, a proper English affair, complete with real ale, dancers and lots of traditional activities for children. This event has taken place in Little Venice every year since 1983 and sees around 130 boats moored along the Maida Vale area. It is not situated directly in Camden but can be easily reached by following the water canal that goes through Camden too and can be enjoyed as a great complementary attraction while visiting Camden Town. There are bands, boat trips, stalls and refreshments for everyone to enjoy over the three days.

Camden Rocks festival (May)

Camden Town has long been the hub of the UK’s rock'n'roll talent scene and so is Camden Rocks festival. Camden Rocks sees around 200 bands play in 12 venues (usually pubs and bars) dotted throughout the borough which was once a home of many famous bands. It’s in the bars and clubs of Camden where the raw talent fuels the music industry and new bands are incubated and developed. Music has played a central role in the Camden community for more than a century and if you are a music lover visiting the borough you shouldn't miss this opportunity.

Circus fest Roundhouse (April)

Featuring a whole host of unusual and exciting acts, the circus festival event is turning the Roundhouse in Camden into spectacle celebrating all things circus related. The Circus Fest event includes world premieres of brand new shows, alternative theatrical performances, street dance and much more. From camped up cabaret entertainment to works from the next generation of up and coming performers, there's plenty for all ages and tastes.

Summer - Jun / Jul / Aug

Camden Lock Live (July)

Camden Lock Live is free butique urban festival presented by Camden Market. There ususally is live music from cutting edge band of the moment, a bespoke sets from legendary producers and DJs, epicurean delights from the best of London's street food scene, stylish cocktail bars, independent artisan shopping and designer maker stalls.

Live music

Camden Town has more than its fair share of iconic bars and music venues compared to the rest of the capital. Roundhouse and Koko are the true pinnacle but the best gigs in Camden are the bands on the small pub stages. And there's plenty of them during summer time. The live music scene is simply thriving there, and it could happen that you'll catch a gig i a clothing store too. Pink Floyd or Coldplay played their early gigs in Camden Town venues and the area has become synonymous with being the home of the start of tomorrow. From major venues to open mic nights in local pubs, Camden caters for all musical tastes seven days a week. Enjoy a up and coming gig, catch the biggest bands and DJs or party on the street.

Outdoor drinks

If there's something about Camden Town it's the buzz on the streets and around well known attractions including Camden Lock. The sun attracts crowds of visitors and the neigbourhood is at it's busiest time of the year. Make the most of this thriving cultural hub and enjoy drinks outdoor in Camden. Enjoy the summer sun in an alternative way that only Camden Town can offer.

Parks and Zoo

Keen to explore a bit of animal kingdom with the sun above your head? Camden's ZSL London Zoo wonderful inhabitants including tigers, gorillas or penguins will be refreshing change to a busy city. There is always so much to see at ZSL London Zoo therefore to help you make the most of your visit, head to the official website. Camden Town area also has many beautiful outdoor places and parks. Some of them are world famous such as Regent's Park and Hamstead Heath.

Camden Fringe (August)

The Camden Fringe is a performing arts festival which takes place in Camden during August. Anyone and everyone is welcome. Shows include new writing, opera, musicals, stand-up, sketch comedy, dance, cabaret and poetry. The venues are all small and located close to public transport within the borough of Camden. Shows take place throughout the day and generally last one hour.

Autumn - Sept / Oct / Nov

iTunes Festival (September)

It happens all over the month of September with 30 evenings of live music. The iTunes fest is sponsored by Apple (technology company) and has been running for eight years. It is one of the most prestigious UK indoor music festivals. Tickets are given away for free to iTunes users and fans through localized prize draws. In London, the iTunes Festival has become an annual music festival which takes place at The Roundhouse in Camden Town.

Halloween (October)

If you're going to celebrate Halloween, we suggest you go all out to Camden Town. Head down to a local costume shop, and there's plenty of them in Camden, and prepare for one of the capital's best Halloween parties. There are loads of horrifying Halloween events in Camden, spooky venues and restaurants, scary attractions and opportunities to enjoy Halloween in Camden full on.

Festive lights arrive

They may seem to go up a bit earlier every year, but that still doesn't take away from the magic of Camden's Christmas lights. Illuminating much of central London, they come in all forms - traditional, classy, quirky and especially in Camden Town - unconventional. So if you want to enjoy London and Camden at its brightest best, but without over crowded streets, November it is. The programme is packed with fun and entertainment from world-class theatrical performances to festive concerts.

Winter - Dec / Jan / Feb

Xmas Time in Camden

December is a great time to visit Camden Town and of course London in general. With Christmas shopping, mobile ice rinks and fantastic New Year's Eve celebrations, including famous alternative venues and bars. The decorations are up, the lights are on, the ice rinks are open and the temperature is dropping. While the weather may be getting cooler, Camden's Christmas season is just warming up.

January sales

Huge January sales take place in London every year including Camden Town. Prices are discounted on clothing, electronics, furnishings and everything else. Public transport is limited on New Year's Day (1 January) so make sure you plan your journey in advance.

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