Camden has always been a great place to find street art. Over the years the area has changed. It’s seen a lot of development. The area by the canal in particular has been transformed. Spots have come and gone but now there is a semi regular trail of street art crumbs to follow.
Street art in Camden can all be seen quite easily. You can visit the majority on a walk between three tube stations. Those are Chalk Farm, Camden and Mornington Crescent. It’s just a straight line to walk between each and there are some good spots along the route. Follow the route along Chalk Farm Road and most of the places to see will be along there.
Street Art in Camden
The Ferdinand Estate hosts a surprising array of street art. Created as part of a project with Global Street Art and Camden Council in 2017. The result was a whole host of walls painted by some of worlds top street artists. The likes of Said Dokins, Inkie, Fanakapan, Gary Stranger and Soker Uno all still have work there. The estate itself is a mixture of open and gated. Most of the work can be seen in the open area but you might need to glimpse through the fences to see the rest.
The next stop searching for Camden Street Art takes us to Harmood Street. Here you will see only a few pieces. Usually though they are good ones. The popular artist Irony often has a piece here as he does at the time of writing.
Another smaller street just off Chalk Farm Road. Hartland Road is the next stop. Here there are usually some large scale murals to see. The building on the corner of the street is usually fully painted. You can also access the next spot on the Camden Street Art route around the back. Here a little alley takes you into Hawley Mews.
One of the best places to see street art in Camden is Hawley Mews. A path running along the back of some houses. It is painted fully. The work here changes semi-frequently but it is always of top quality. Curated by ‘The Real Art of Street Art’ it is one of the top draws on the street art trail.
Hawley Mews leads onto Hawley Street. Here immediately in front on the other side of the road, more street art can be seen. Some pieces from Otto Schade in particular are long standing. One work, a portrait of Amy Winehouse is a popular image in the area. Amy was a Camden local so a number of street artists have portrayed her over the years.
Camden Lock Bridge
The famous Camden Lock Railway Bridge is pretty much the center of the area. Much photographed it sits at the junction of Chalk Farm Road, Castlehaven Road and Camden High Street. The bridge itself was painted by John Bulley in 1989 and it has stood the test of time. Meant to bring some life to the old rusting landmark, it has since become iconic. Re-painted in 2014 it was given a new lease of life. Certainly this is the longest standing piece of Camden Street Art.
From the famous and much photographed Camden Lock Bridge, Castlehaven Road leads off immediately underneath. Some good street art can be seen right there at the junction. Work here is often much photographed due to it’s central location. A little further down leads to the junction with Hawley Road where more Camden Street Art can be seen.
An impressive piece from Camden favourite Irony can be seen on Hawley Road. A viral hit at the time it was painted it shows an aerosol can spraying fire. There are a few other smaller pieces to see along the street but this is the main one. It’s worth not missing out. The piece can be seen nearer to the junction with Kentish Town Road.
To get to Stucley Place you would be best returning to the Camden Lock Bridge and turning onto Camden High Street. Crossing over the canal you are entering Camden’s heart. Turn left on Hawley Crescent and then right on Stucley Place. It’s a popular spot and the street art here changes often. The wall at the end of the street by the junction with Buck Street in particular is one of the best in the area.
Kentish Town Road
From Stucley Place head down Buck Street towards Kentish Town Road. Once there turn right and head towards Camden Town tube station. Shortly you’ll see a nice little spot with an array of great pieces of Camden Street Art. It’s a nice little gallery which currently has works from Dan Kitchener, Stinkfish, DRT, Sr. X and Ant Carver.
A little further down just by the Worlds End Pub is Greenland Road leading to Greenland Place. There on the corner the building often has some colourful pieces to see. At the time of writing it was pretty much covered with works from Decolife. It certainly seems to be a favoured spot for the Brazilian abstract artist. Another piece worth looking out for is the ‘Get Rich or Try Sharing’ piece from Mau Mau. Featuring one of his iconic foxes, it’s high up on the roof so keep your eyes open.
Heading further down towards Mornington Crescent station. Bayham Street is a couple of blocks set back from Camden High Street. Best accessed via Plender Street there is one mural of note. A piece from Italian street artist Alice Pasquini. Her mural from 2012 still survives on the side of the Alexandra the Great restaurant.
One of the most popular places to see street art in Camden is Miller Street. Essentially just a little alley it has some longer standing pieces mixed with changing spots. Here works from Alaniz, JXC and Vanessa Longchamp can be seen. It’s a must see spot to see on any tour of street art in the area.