London area of NW5 guide

What to do and where to stay in London's NW5 neighbourhood

NW5 is home to the Kentish Town area of the city, another trendy part of North London that's home to more than a famous name or two (Giles Coran, Jon Snow and Bill Nighy, to take a few). The widely accepted explanation of the name of Kentish Town is that it derived from 'Ken-ditch' meaning the 'bed of a waterway'. The area was originally a settlement along the River Fleet, a stream which flowed through the area and today runs underground. Though the area has been heavily modernised, some of the residential parts of Kentish Town date back to the 19th century and are architecturally admired. The Forum, a popular live music venue, is located in Kentish Town along with Rio's, one of London's most famous naturist public baths. The communist revolutionary Karl Marx used to live in NW5 - although it's unknown if the German philosopher was a fan of Rio's.

See our recommended nearby NW5 Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, and Meeting Venues.

NW5 Hotels

in or near NW5
Holiday Inn Camden Lock Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
30 Jamestown Road, NW1
Housed in an exciting modernist 'white box' building, and with some of London's maddest and most entertaining shopping and nightlife on the doorstep, the Holiday Inn ... More
 
 
 
Thistle Euston Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
Cardington Street, NW1
Within three minutes' walk of Euston Station, between Regent's Park and the British Museum and close to Kings Cross Station, this modern hotel offers guests a ... More
 
 
 
The Haverstock Hotel
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
154 Haverstock Hill, NW3
Formerly a public house known as The Haverstock Arms, The Haverstock Hotel in Hampstead is a newly restored boutique property. Situated between Belsize Park and Camden ... More
 
 
 

NW5 Entertainment

in or near NW5
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Dingwalls
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Camden Lock, NW5, London NW1
This small Camden venue, known as Dingwalls, has a bar at the back, a stage at the front and room for a couple of hundred people ... More
 
 
 
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Proud Camden
London > Entertainment > Live Music
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW5, London NW1
Not the easiest of places to find yet Camden Proud has quickly found a place in the hearts of many. This art gallery by day becomes ... More
 
 
 
Electric Ballroom
London > Entertainment > Live Music
184 Camden Street, NW5, London NW1
On weekends, The Electric Ballroom is transformed into a buzzing marketplace crammed with stalls, but during the evenings there's an entirely different kind of activity happening ... More
 
 
 

NW5 Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near NW5
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Painted Earth
London > Attractions > Activities for Kids
Arch 65, The Catacombs, Stables Market, Camden, NW5, London NW1
As well as housing a renowned ceramic art gallery, Painted Earth offers kids a fantastic opportunity to test their own artistic talents. Supervised by friendly staff ... More
 
 
 
Jenny Wren (Canal Boat Cruises)
London > Attractions > Sightseeing Tours
Walker's Quay, 250 Camden High Street, NW5, London NW1
A canal boat hotspot, Camden and the surrounding north London locale tempt passers-by with visions of traditional, colourfully-painted barges. While many of these are privately-owned a ... More
 
 
 
Painted Earth
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Arch 65, The Catacombs, Stables Market, Camden, NW5, London NW1
As well as housing a renowned ceramic art gallery, Painted Earth offers kids a fantastic opportunity to test their own artistic talents. Supervised by friendly staff ... More
 
 
 

NW5 Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's NW5
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Warren Evans Furniture
London > Shopping > House and Garden
158a Camden Street, NW5, London NW1
Handmade wooden beds, matresses and furniture that are a class above your average flat packed homeware. All the timber is ethically sourced and fairly traded, with ... More
 
 
 
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Offspring
London > Shopping > Shoes
221 Camden High Street, NW5, London NW1
If you’re heavily into trainers then this is the shop for you with brands like Adidas, Puma, Nike, Reef, New Balance, Reebok and Merrell to drool ... More
 
 
 
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Urban Outfitters Camden
London > Shopping > Clothing
211 Camden High Street, NW5, London NW1
The Urban Outfitters Camden store, located outside Camden Town tube station, occupies an old cinema that dates back to 1909. This well thought out retail space ... More
 
 
 

NW5 Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near NW5 London?
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The InSpiral Lounge
London > Restaurants > 250 Camden High Street, NW5, London NW1
Encompassing a bar, cafe, shop and venue, The InSpiral Lounge is an incredible diverse venue located on Camden High Street. Guided by a strong ethos of ... More
 
 
 
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Mango Room
London > Restaurants > Caribbean restaurants
10 - 12 Kentish Town Road, Camden Town, NW5, London NW1
Without doubt the best Caribbean in town, the Mango Rooms are a bit bigger and flashier than their rivals, but they still manage to keep the ... More
 
 
 
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Camden Coffee House
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
30 Camden Road, NW5, London NW1
Camden Coffee House is a small group of independent coffee and tea houses in London which began in 2009 with this branch in Camden, home to ... More
 
 
 

NW5 Pubs

The best pubs in or near London NW5.
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Quinns
London > Nightlife > Pubs
65 Kentish Town Road, NW5, London NW1
At first glance you wouldnt put Quinns down as an Irish pub - put the name aside and what you have is simply a great ... More
 
 
 
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The Prince Albert
London > Nightlife > Pubs
163 Royal College Street, NW5, London NW1
A decent gastropub that retains enough of the 'pub' aspect to ensure a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Leather sofas are well worn, despite a recent change of ... More
 
 
 
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The Pembroke Castle
London > Nightlife > Pubs
150, Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill, NW5, London NW1
Everyone knows that Primrose Hill has one of the best views in the city. On a summer's eve why not take a walk to the summit, ... More
 
 
 

NW5 Nightlife

NW5 clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Yumchaa
London > Nightlife > Bars
91-92 Camden Lock Place, NW5, London NW1
Selling loose leaf tea (Chaa) that tastes yummy gave the tea enthusiasts behind Yumchaa, Trinh and Sean, an idea of what to call their unique brand ... More
 
 
 
WKD
London > Nightlife > Bars
18 Kentish Town Road, NW5, London NW1
Bar ... More
 
 
 
WKD Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
18 Kentish Town Road, NW5, London NW1
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NW5 Leisure

NW5 gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
The Firm
London > Leisure > Fitness
10 Rousden Street, NW5, London NW1
Personal Trainer ... More
 
 
 

NW5 Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near NW5.
 
Look Out Viewing
London > Business > Venue Hire
205 Chalk Farm Road, NW5, London NW1
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Gilgamesh
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Stables Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW5, London NW1
Gilgamesh is a restaurant, bar, lounge and traditional tearoom all under one roof. And what a spectacular roof it is too - floating 40ft above the ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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