Camden Town - Music, Pubs and much more!

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on December 12, 2019

Free Walking Tour London was created to show you the best of London in a more cost-effective way. Our guides are experts in history and London in general and are only too happy to recommend ways to spend your time in the U.K. capital. Our tours work on a pay-what-you-like basis whereby you can enjoy a tour with us, and then at the end of the tour, you can show your appreciation to our guides.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

This one and a half hour tour will begin with a brief history of the area, from the time when highwaymen would stalk the Hampstead Road and move on to discuss how Camden became a boom town in the railway era. We will then talk about some famous faces who have called Camden home, including the likes of Charles Dickens and of course, Amy Winehouse. Camden has however also been witness to some rather turbulent times, such as in the 1920s when the Camden Town Gang fought rival gangs in the Camden pubs and Camden's very existence threatened by a planned road through its very heart. Camden nowadays is famous for its market, or rather markets which sell almost everything one could imagine, including excellent food from every corner of the globe. It is of course impossible to do a tour in Camden without talking about Camden's role in the music scene, from Rock and Roll to Britpop, Camden has it all. So come here with an open mind and an empty stomach and enjoy this incredible area with us!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    193199 Camden High St Camden Town Lon...
    193199 Camden High St Camden Town London NW1 7BT UK
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    Opposite the exit to Camden Town Underground Station, by Barclays Bank with the Purple Umbrella

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    Outside visit
    Camden Town Underground Station

    We begin the tour just opposite the exit to Camden Town station. Here we start with a brief introduction of quirky Camden.

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    Outside visit
    The World's End

    Despite the name, The World's End represents the genesis of Camden Town. With its tales of witchcraft and mystery, it seems fitting that the Underworld lurks beneath this Camden icon.

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    Bayham Street

    On Bayham Street, we will visit the house where Charles Dickens grew up. The experience of living in 19th Century Camden, heavily influenced Dickens's writing on poverty and industrial London.

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    Outside visit
    Camden Market Buck Street

    The first of several of Camden's world-famous markets, Buck Street offers chic eateries and snack-joints.

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    Outside visit
    Electric Ballroom

    An iconic venue in Camden's music scene. The Electric Ballroom has played host to many a global act from Prince and U2 to the Clash.

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    Outside visit
    Inverness Street Market

    Originally a fruit and veg market, Inverness Street Market offers an insight into Camden as it was before gentrification. In the 1990s, this area was at the centre of Camden's 'murder mile' during the period of the drug wars.

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    Outside visit
    🎤 🍺The Good Mixer (Amy Winehouse Pub

    The Good Mixer is strongly associated with Amy Winehouse. This rough-and-ready pub was however also the favourite drinking-hole of Oasis and Blur during the 90s Britpop era and where the rivalry between the bands began.

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    Outside visit
    Camden Lock Market

    The original, and most iconic of Camden's markets. We will cross the lock into the bustling West Yard, before discussing the market's role in rescuing Camden from destruction.

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    Outside visit
    The Stables Market

    Originally a goods yard, complete with horse stables, this part of the market now offers a labyrinth of tunnels where you will find all manner of weird and wonderful gifts.

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    Outside visit

    Our final stop takes us to this coliseum of the London music scene. The Roundhouse has hosted bands like Pink Floyd, the Beatles and THE Ramones gig. A must-visit for any music fan.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Maribel 27 Mar 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
Muy buen tour, Juan fue ameno y agradable. Recomendable.
PEDRO 26 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
El freetour por camden es bastante básico aunque juan el guia lo hizo muy dinámico y explicaba superbien. Ademas hizo recomendaciones que acertó 100%. Aunque fuese sencillo lo volveria a repetir.
ismael 11 Mar 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
Un tour que no sería imprescindible, si que tiene algunos datos curiosos y puede ser de ayuda para comprender el barrio .
Paul 10 Mar 2023

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Travelled in group - Mar 2023
Oscar was a very kind and intelligent guide. Great mix of old and modern history. Great selection of locations and anecdotes. 😊
Ángel 05 Mar 2023

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2023
Muy mala experiencia compartida por muchos de los asistentes. Una pena que un lugar tan emblemático pierda encanto con un tour tan vago y lineal
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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