Camden Is London’s Most Popular Yet Affordable District
Despite being one of London’s most fashionable districts, you can find a rental in the Camden area that will not cost the earth, if you know where to look.
With its eclectic mix of live music, street food and cultural diversity, all brought together in a location that is just five minutes from central London, it is little wonder that Camden is seen as the capital’s jewel in the crown.
Yet many people assume that its fashionable status and constant popularity put it outside the financial means of all but the wealthiest city slickers and hipster millennials that it outwardly eschews.
To a certain extent, those people would be right. Camden has so much going for it that residential property prices have gone through the roof in recent years. But Barnsbury letting agents will be quick to remind you that by looking at the neighbouring districts, you can still take advantage of all the advantages that Camden has to offer, at a fraction of the price.
The pull of Camden
So what is it that has given Camden its legendary reputation and pulled it from a slightly downmarket suburb favoured to the cultural centre for bourgeois bohemians and edgy celebrities (Amy Winehouse, anyone?) that we see today?
Part of it is that very cultural diversity – after all, where else can you expect to find a Waitrose next door to a Poundshop? It is also home to Camden Market, the fourth largest attraction in all of London, that welcomes around 100,000 visitors every weekend.
Add to that the perfect combination of its proximity to the city combined with the beautiful Regent’s Canal, all surrounded by a proliferation of street food, live music venues and a diverse range of pubs, clubs and even a gin factory and you can begin to see why Camden has such legendary appeal.
Move to Barnsbury
If the ideal solution is to find somewhere to live that is close to Camden, but not in Camden, then Barnsbury could be the perfect choice. Situated around one mile to the East, in the direction of the equally iconic, but quite different, Islington, Barnsbury offers a range of attractive properties and living spaces, including historic terraces and apartments.
It also provides a degree of peace and tranquillity for those times when you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle, in the shape of Wood Nature Reserve, originally the garden of George Thornhill, who built the surrounding houses in the mid 19th century.
Studio flats are available for less than £1,000 per month, while even two bedroom flats can be found for as little as £1,400 per month, showing that there really is something for every budget.
As you can imagine from its perfect location, there is no shortage of public transport facilities to get you all across London in a matter of minutes. Angel tube station is a short walk away, and from there it is just three stops to Bank, in the heart of the city.
Or stroll another five minutes to Highbury and Islington, and it is just four stops to the West End and Oxford Circus. Barnsbury has all the fun of Camden on its doorstep but at a far more acceptable price tag!