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Camden – the local area

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Camden – the local area

Camden Town is bursting with colourful people, markets, shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas. Camden attracts visitors everyday from Londoners themselves and those traveling from much further afield.

Camden Lock Market, established in 1974 was the original craft market but now has a much wider spectrum of goods on sale. Both this and the ever popular Camden Stables Market, Camden (Buck Street) Market and Inverness Street are all open every day and there shopping experience has made shopping in Camden a unique and buzzing experience.

The market scene comes fully to life during the weekend with all stalls and shops at the markets fully trading and the lively Camden Canal Market opening Friday to Sunday.

Camden Local Authorities:

Camden is represented by Camden Council. The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include social services, housing, education and planning.

For more information about council services please visit Camden Local Authority: http://www.camden.gov.uk

Camden Council Tax Rate Bands:

To view your council tax band please visit the Camden council website.

How much will I have to pay?

Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.

Reductions in council tax:
– the reduction scheme for disabled people
– discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
– council tax benefit and second adult rebate

To learn more about council tax please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website

 Properties

Camden Town has a mix of every kind of properties from council block and small Victorian terraces to four storey Georgian terraces and handsome Victorian houses.

The area a mixed bag of buyers and renters living in Camden who come from various professions including those who make up the “creative quarter” and high flyers in the media, legal and banking sectors. Visitors wandering the streets of Camden are also liable to bump into the numerous “celebs” which also live in the area.

Schools

Local secondary schools performed better than average compared to schools in other boroughs, but be warned parents fight fiercely to get there children into the top performing schools. There are also private alternatives for those who prefer

Eating out

Walking through Camden town looking for somewhere to eat  is like visiting all continents at the same time. There is a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurants one can choose from as well as the huge number of stalls serving all kinds of gastronomical delights, both sweet and savoury from French crepes to falafel. If you are looking for a quieter and more intimate dining experience you can head towards Primrose Hill.

Shops

Whether you are looking for a unique gift or a bargain there will be a shop or stall in Camden to suit. From uniquely printed t-shirts, one off pieces of furniture and art to second had vintage records Camden has it all, which is what makes it such a draw for locals and tourists alike.

Go Green

For an urban area located next door to central London Camden is surprisingly close to green space. Primrose Hill, which has been immortalised in many a movie and Regents Park are literally a stone throw away while Hampstead is a 10 minute bus ride away. With the canal also running through the town, boat trips are also an option to those wishing to get off dry land for an hour or so.

Transport

Camden town is on both branches of the Northern line, Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent are also on the Northern line with Euston and Kings Cross within walking distance.

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