The London Borough of Camden – a quick survey

Camden Lock in the winter

Inner London is the place where everything is going on. And while areas such as the City and Westminster are pretty attractive because of the major amenities and landmarks that are located within their premises, they are also inflicted with the character and hassle of the big city commercial way of life. Camden, on the other hand, benefits from the excitement of the inner-city borough, while remaining primarily residential in character. We are talking about a multi-cultural area that is very attractive to tourists as well as to people who are looking for the best place in London to move to.

Camden – the place you would want to live in

The London borough of Camden covers a territory of 21.8 square kilometres which does not rank it among the biggest of the London boroughs. According to the latest estimates, some 234 846 people are currently living in its many districts. Those are places of great contrast – some are pretty upscale, while others are very modest.

At some places things such as healthcare and education are held against high standards, while at the other those are neglected. The discrepancies between the quality of life and public services within the boundaries of a single borough have led some specialists to talk about the so called “The Two Camdens” Syndrome. Despite this fact, there are still places in Camden that are much better to live in than any other location on the territory of Central and Greater London alike. Belsize Park is a very good example of such a district. Located to the north west of Camden Town, Belsize is a community that grew around the eponymous open green space. Another important thing about Camden is the high concentration of gardens, garden squares and parks on its territory, even when compared to the standards of London. The nearby Primrose Hill offers one of the most breathtaking views of Central London, which is yet another plus for Belsize Park.

A part of the glorious past of bohemian London

Located quite near Belsize is another marvellous district of Camden – Frognal, NW3. The name is derived from the major road that goes through the area, as well as the nearby district of Hampstead, of which Frognal is considered to be a part of too in administrative terms. The area has primarily residential character. Because of the bohemian past of Camden, when property prices and rent here were pretty low, the history of Frognal has recorded a number of really notable residents who were related to the art and entertainment world. Among those the names of prima-ballerina Tamara Karsavina, actor Anton Walbrook and illustrator Kate Greenaway stand out. The Christ Church on Hampstead SquareAnd while Frognal today shows many signs of urbanisation, the nearby Hampstead on the other hand is still commonly referred to as “The Village”. Now that does not mean that here you are going to find the peace and serenity of the countryside. Quite the contrary, Hampstead also has many of the traits of the big-city area. It is that just here the character of old-time Victorian Camden is much better preserved. The Isokon building in Lawn Road, The Christ Church on Hampstead Square and public houses such as The Garden Gate, The Duke of Hamilton, The Flask and others contribute greatly to that effect. Because of the very London’s atmosphere that is projected in Hampstead, the area is often used as a filming location, so productions such as  An American Werewolf in London, Notes on a Scandal, Four Weddings and a Funeral  and quite many others.

The place where all the nice schools are at

Right across Hampstead Heath is the district of Gospel Oak NW3, NW5. Naturally, named after a very old local oak tree, it has been an example of the typical and very comfortable London suburb for well over two centuries. Today it is well regarded because of the fact that some of the best schools in Camden are located namely in and around the territory of the district of Gospel Oak. Some of those include Gospel Oak Primary & Nursery School, Parliament Hill School, William Ellis School (which was by the way founded in 1862 under the name of Gospel Oak Schools) and the Fleet Primary School.