If you are thinking of moving to the London Borough of Camden or the Camden area or visiting Camden then we hope you find our view and review of the Camden area interesting.
We are surveyors, so our view of Camden may be a bit property biased, but would you expect us to be anything else but property biased! We carry out surveys all over London , including building surveys, structural surveys, engineer's reports, of course we are happy to carry them out in Camden . We have tried to put other interesting non property facts about Camden and the Camden area, many of which we don't think you will find anywhere else on the Internet.
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Camden, a bit of fun
If you can read these articles in the sprit they were written; that they were written for people that don't know the area. We would be more than happy to add any comments from comments from the Camden area and any comments also from Camden locals who feel that we've missed out any important facts, or indeed if any of the facts we have put down are not accurate.
Where in London is Camden?
Camden is in north London , along the edge of north-west London and is bordered by Hampstead and parts of the West End and is near Kentish Town . To the north is Hampstead Heath, to the east is Highgate and Holborn, to the west Baker Street and Regents Park and to the south W1, Euston Road and Shaftesbury Avenue .
Areas around Camden , such as Chalk Farm, Kentish Town , Hampstead, Swiss Cottage (which we are advised is named after a pub in Finchley Road ; can this really be true?), Belsize Park , Highgate and Euston and Kings Cross Railway developments. It is also quite near St John's Wood and Regents Park .
A bit further afield
We also carry out surveys a bit further afield; East Finchley, Hornsey, Stroud Green, Haringey, South Tottenham, Manor House, Highbury, Lower Holloway, Islington, Clerkenwell, Marylebone (see our article on this area), St John's Wood, Regents Park, Hyde Park, Bayswater, Notting Hill, Willesden Green, Queens Park and Cricklewood.
We are having to carry out surveys, structural surveys and building surveys on all sorts of buildings all over London and we have carried out lots in Camden and the Camden area.
Thanks to Google Maps for this information.
Ways to travel in the Camden area
Camden is situated close to the end of the M1, where the A41, known as Hendon Way and West Way, and A1, known as Archway Road, which becomes Kentish Town Road, also take over, and it is not too far away the A406, known as the North Circular and nearby are the A502 and the A400, both known as Camden Street, the A503, known as Park Way and also Camden Road, we think that is also the A5200, and the A5205, known as St John's Wood Road. Other major roads in the area: Rosslyn Hill and Haverstock Hill, Malden Road, Fleet Road, Mansfield Road, Pond Street and Agincourt Road.
There are several tube stations covering the area, such as Camden Town , Chalk Farm, Hampstead Heath, Gospel Oak, Belsize Park , Kentish Town West and Kentish Town .
This area is also covered by the excellent Google Street View, where you can literally walk along the road.
Interesting facts we know about the Camden area
Interesting fact about Camden number one
We are advised that Camden became a London Borough in 1965 and was named after the Earl of Camden, who did a little bit of development in the area.
Interesting fact about Camden number two
We also believe that Charles Dickens used to hang around in this area, but then in our travels around the country we have seen Charles Dickens as being nearly everywhere! We have also heard the urban rumour that Karl Marx and Michael Faraday are buried in the area.
Interesting fact about Camden number three
The council's largest contract is for waste collection, with over a hundred thousand tonnes of waste being collected in the Camden area.
We love the Camden Market area and for us, back in 1971, when on the north side of the canal a disused industrial area started to be developed as Camden Market. This made the Camden area, selling everything from clothes, music and food from all over the world, jewellery and arts and crafts type things, most of which you wouldn't be able to find on the typical high street! There is also a good music and performing arts base in the area, with the Round House truly almost having everyone and the Electric Ballroom with its more specialist market.
The Regents Canal is still very much a main feature of the Camden area, although significantly changed from its working past. It seems difficult now to imagine horses pulling barges along up to the Hampstead Road Lock (but you can hear what it was once like as British Waterways have kindly put information boards up along the area, one of which actually talks to you when you turn the handle!).
Famous buildings we have not surveyed!
We have already mentioned Camden Market and whilst we have done some work for British Waterways in the past it would be great to have a look at what's behind the scenes at Camden Market.
The Round House. We have always wondered why there are round houses and know we know. These are former engine room sheds, we assume for railways, possibly trams? If someone out there knows please advise. It was built originally in 1846. After being used for various different things it reopned in 1964 as an arts venue. We recommend going to Wikipedia to learn more about it. Since that time it has various guises, with many art related things going on. It is a fantastic building to take a walk around, but watch out for the traffic wardens in the area, who are very efficient!
We haven't surveyed the MTV building that utilises the old TVAM's building, which were originally quite spectacular garages (and of course have the unusual egg cups on the roofs).
Unfortunately we haven't been able to come up with any other really famous buildings in the Camden area, so anyone who knows any please phone or e-mail us, we are sure we can sort out some sort of prize.
We would add that as with many areas of London it has a mass of Victorian and Georgian houses, which may up the majority of the housing stock in the area, with some newer developments for the after war building took place, replacing bomb damaged houses and some housing with 1960 post-war built houses. We are more than happy to carry out building surveys, structural surveys, engineers reports on these properties to give you a clear idea of any problems that you may be buying when you buy your new house.
Things to do in Camden
We would of course say go and enjoy Camden Market. London Zoo is not too far away and also the beautiful parkland in Primrose Hill, or the formal parks of Regents Park . Primrose Hill is one of the highest points in London and on a clear day you do get a view. It has to be said the Primrose Hill area is a nice area to live, if you can.
Camden is also a great place to stay and have a good night out.
We like the colours of Camden Market, the relative peacefulness of the Georgian properties only a short walk away, the mix of properties both old and new, what we would term the experimental properties, such as the MTV building, the Sainsbury's building, the Round House building, along with the other one-offs that aren't so large, such as the roof top terraces that can be seen throughout the area. If you look in our photos section you will see some images from years gone by. We love the idea of the horse hospital that was once at Camden Market.
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Commercial property independent surveyors advice
If you have a commercial property, whether it is freehold or leasehold then sooner or later you may get involved with dilapidation claims. You may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at www.DilapsHelp.com and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site www.DisputesHelp.com .
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