A quick street art tour of Camden in London
Camden is certainly one of the best spots to see street art in the City of London. It’s a place that we return back to again and again especially as, over the past few years, the street art landscape has had to adapt to the changing environment of the area itself.
Once centered around the canal and the arches of the railway which intersect what was once a busy and bustling market. That area is now in the midst of a major re-development which will transform the look and feel of that area at the centre of Camden itself.
We’ve covered the changing face of Camden over the years as it has slowly morphed into one of the must see street art spots. The organisation with most to thank for the transformation being our friends at ‘The Real Art of Street Art’ who find the spots and have the relationships in the local area to ensure that street art is embraced.
But it’s a busy and bustling place and sometimes can be quite a feat just to get out of the underground station. The crowds, especially at a weekend, can be full indeed and the sheer throng of people can make searching out street art not entirely easy.
So for this post we thought we’d build on some of our previous posts and give you a quick ‘pocket guide’ tour of the best places to spot street art in Camden. This is a whistle stop tour so give yourself between 30mins to 1 hour.
Start – Camden Underground Station to Stucley Place
When you come out of the station walk around the corner onto Kentish Town Road and then walk down for a minute or so. You will soon come to spots on either side of the road, just before the entrance to a Sainsbury’s depot where street art can be seen yet which often will change. After a short walk take the left hand turn onto Buck Street and then turn right onto Stucley Place, there will be some good works of art to see and you’re not even 5 minutes walk from the station.
Stucley Place to Castlehaven Road
At the end of Stucley Place, turn right onto Hawley Crescent and then left back onto Kentish Town Road, heading over the canal and under the railway bridge noticing little bits of street art that you might see along the way. When you get to Hawley Road, turn left and watch out for some cool pieces on the right hand side in Bradfield Court. At the end of Hawley Road turn left at the junction of Castlehaven Road.
Castlehaven Road to Hartland Road
Walk back towards Camden Market along Castlehaven Road noticing street art that may be on the underside of the bridge and also as you approach the junction with Chalk Farm Road next to the famous ‘Camden Town’ bridge where you should turn right and walk a few moments until you come to Hawley Street on the right. Once there head down the little alley at the back of some houses known as Hawley Mews and there is a load of great art to be seen. At the end of the alley is Hartland Road and the street art will be immediately visible.
Finish – Hartland Road to Chalk Farm Underground station
So that’s it, literally just a whistle stop tour of some of the easier spots to see in Camden. At the Junction of Harland Road and Chalk Farm Road you have a couple of choices. Either turn left to go back into Camden and get the tube there, or turn right and head towards the underground station at Chalk Farm. Given that Camden Town station is often closed and ‘exit only’ it’s probably easier to go to Chalk Farm which will take about 10 minutes to walk towards.
Camden Town was visited on Saturday 9 July 2016 and this post follows on from a series of Inspiring City articles on the ever changing street art of Camden. To see more have a look at ‘A Whistle Stop Street Art Tour of Camden‘, ‘The Street Art Sheds of Camden‘, ‘Street Artists open up new spots in Camden‘ and the ‘Last days of Camden as the developers move in‘.