Getting Quirky in Camden

Our Camden self storage centre was our very first store and opened in 1993. It’s a fab building with stacks of history and character – just like the London Borough in which it was built.  So we thought we’d take a look at some more things to do around our store – just in case you fancy nipping out from your Camden storage unit to immerse yourself in a bit of Camden’s quirkiness. 

Our Camden branch – on the west side of York Way – falls right on the boundary of Camden and Islington. Which means you’ve got two London Borough’s to choose from if you’re looking for something to occupy yourself.  And we’ve got some pearlers for you to try, if you’re at a loose end after you’ve popped in to your Camden Storage Unit…

Quirky Cocktail Hang Outs

Camden is well known as one of London’s premier party hubs and there are plenty of well known places to catch up with your friends – but it’s also  got more than its fair share of quirky hang outs.

If  vintage is your bag, then Simmons Camden is worth a look. Expect yummy Cocktails at great prices (they have a happy hour) along wth plenty of dancing. The reviews are solid too.

If vintage is a but yesterday for you then Grand Union – right next to the station – keeps things quirky. Promising Cocktails, Burgers and happiness, they also offer sharing platters, pizzas and hot dogs. The decor is a bit of a mishmash of 80s kitsch meets Tarzan, Lord of the jungle (there’s an indoor treehouse you see).

Splash about, Run about!

But for some, the chance to stretch the legs and get some fresh air is like medicine. Well you’re in luck. Camden’s got plenty of parks and open space to run around in.   You don’t have to restrict your movement solely to running either.

We’ve blogged previously about some of the best outdoor activities for kids in the Borough – including climbing and skateboarding – check that out to see more – but here are couple of the more unique offerings for 2016.

King’s Cross Bathing Pond

Ever fancied going for a swim in an art installation? What? The thought hadn’t crossed your mind?  Really? Ours neither. But now you can. The King’s Cross Bathing Pool is exactly that. In a UK first – it’s a pool of naturally filtered water (so no chlorine induced red eyes or itchy skin) that’s been designed as ‘experiential art’.   Yes, it’s a 40m x 10m long pond that you can bathe in, but it’s also called “Of Soil and Water”.  Turner would probably have loved it.  We could say it’s just right for art exhibitionists, but we’d have to make that wah-wah-wah-waaah trombone noise.

An Exercise in Orientation

If just going for a run in one of the Borough’s many open spaces leaves you feeling a bit directionless, then maybe you should dip a metaphorical toe into Orienteering. Hampstead Heath has a permanent course, so throw away the sat nav, get out the map and find your way from control point to control point.  Find out more and download a map from londonorienteering.co.uk.

A bit of History

Blue Plaque Treasure Hunt anyone?

If you’re a fan of Blue Plaques – the marker disc English Heritage install on buildings which have a connection to famous people – then Camden’s got more than its fair share – with 164. Neighbour Islington boasts just 18. Camden’s credits to famous residents include the great, the good and the clever from all walks of life…

In entertainment, Actor Richard Burton, who moved to London after the war lived at 6 Lyndhurst Road between 1949 & 1956.

Scientist Henry Cavendish, who discovered Hydrogen lived in Bloomsbury, whilst Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his Daughter Anna were notable residents of Hampstead’s Marshfield gardens.

Engineer Sir Nigel Gresley (designer of the Mallard – world speed record holding steam locomotive) had his office at King’s Cross.

Camden had a particular attraction for poets – with W.B. Yeates, Dylan Thomas, D.H. Lawrence and John Keats all having been local residents.


So, we hope that’s given you food for thought on what you could do in and around our far Borough – just in case you get  bored the next time you’re visiting your Camden storage unit.