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Regent's Canal ( Wikipedia )

The Regent's Canal is situated north of Central London and forms a link between the Paddington division of Grand Union Canal, Limehouse Basin and River Thames in East London. There was a time when the canal was the source of life for all Londoners as goods were ferried by water to and from North London. Along its travel path, the canal crosses over Regent's Park, Camden, Islington and Mile End to Limehouse and finally merges into Thames. There are many boat trips and private charters that can be organized on the Regent's Canal. Also, you can have a leisurely walk along the canal towpath which starts from the Docklands and ends at the Limehouse Basin. Enjoy that once in a lifetime chance of viewing Camden from a different perspective. There's so much more to Camden than just the restaurants, nightlife and alternative lifestyle.

London Zoo ( Visit Site )

ZSL London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo. It opened in 1828 and today it houses more than 650 species of animals & birds which are well looked after in their special enclosures. Not just a zoo for children to frolic around, but London Zoo is a historical attraction with a dedicated approach towards the preservation and conservation of animals and wildlife. The Zoo arranges various activities and programs to bring humans and animals closer to each other, so that they will be able to understand each other better and live in harmony. Some of these interactive activities include adopting an animal, interacting face to face with animals and being a part of the Zoo's daily activities. Each species of animal enclosures have been named differently like 'Blackburn Pavilion' for tropical birds, 'Gorilla Kingdom' for Western Lowland Gorillas, 'Aquarium' exhibiting various species of coral fish, sea snakes and other sea animals, 'Butterfly Paradise' with several butterfly species from all over the world, 'Meet the Monkeys' to protect black-capped squirrel monkeys and 'Clore Rainforest Lookout' where you can encounter a near perfect South American tropical habitat filled with monkeys, birds and other animals.

Address: Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, last admission is one hour before closing time
Tel.: +44 20 77223333, +44 20 74496228

St Pancras Old Church ( Wikipedia )

St Pancras Church dates back to Roman times, around 313 - 314 A.D. But today's St Pancras Church doesn't have much proof of its ancient remains except for the sixth century altar. During past times, it served as the church of the parish of St Pancras and was one of the oldest Christian worshipping sites. Initially it was just known as St Pancras Church, but after the construction of St Pancras New Church, a little away from the old site, the original church came to be known as St Pancras Old Church. The old neighbourhood of St Pancras Church was isolated due to frequent flooding and lost its glory and parish status when the new St Pancras Church was built in 1822. But in later years, during mid 19th century as population grew, the church was restored and what we see today of the church belongs to that era. The church also suffered some damage during the Second World War and restoration took place afterwards, to bestow its past glory.

Address: Pancras Road, Camden, London, NW1 1UL, UK
Opening Hours: 9:00 am till dusk, Services: at 9:30 am on Sunday and at 7:00 pm on Tuesday
Tel.: +44 20 73870840

St Michael's Church ( Visit Site )

The main Anglican Church in Camden Town, the congregation of St.Michaels Church began in 1881 on the present location of theWilliam Hill bookmakers there. A parish church held services at various temporary locations under the guidance of Father Edward Penfold. Services started to be held at St.Michael's after it was constructed by Bodley & Garner, their first London church contract. The brick construction of this church is renowned for its architecture, proved by its Grade II listing. The construction was completed in 1894 under its first vicar Father Edward Penfold. It has been renovated in 2005 with an addition of a new roof in August 2007. The Church has been in the service of God for more than 120 years. It is connected to St Michael's Church of England Primary School.

Address: Fr. Nicholas Wheeler and the Parish Office, The Rectory, 191 St.Pancras Way,, London NW1 9NH, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Sunday Parish Mass 10:30 am, 5:00 pm Service at St. Paul's
Tuesday Healing Prayer 1:00 pm, Wednesday Mass 1:00 pm
Tel.: +44 20 74240724

Camden Catacombs ( Wikipedia )

London's Catacombs are amazingly widespread considering the area is known for its high water table. The Catacombs of Camden are one of the surprises that Camden Town offers. The fact that beneath the Camden Lock Market, while buying your regular knick knacks, you are unaware that underneath lie a web of passages from the Victorian Era. These catacombs, built in the 19th century, were used as stables for horses and also as a track for railway wagons. Today, no one can access the catacombs as they are directly linked to a huge canal basin and is prone to the danger of getting flooded. As you follow the iron grills on the road you will be able to detect the path of the catacombs, which run from Euston mainline to Camden Lock market.

Location: Underneath Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1, United Kingdom

Greater London House ( Wikipedia )

Greater London House, also known as Carreras Building is Camden Town's largest office building and was initially built as a cigarette factory in the 1930s. Many find visiting an office building a little boring, but lovers of historic architecture will really appreciate its art-deco construction that has been reinstated to its 1930's splendour. Today it is a well known historical landmark of Camden Town.

Address: Hampstead Rd, Camden, London NW1, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 20 73830336

Camden Lock ( Wikipedia )

Camden Lock, also known as the Hampstead Road Locks, is a twin manually operated lock located along the Regent's Canal in Camden Town. James Morgan and John Nash, in partnership, constructed these twin locks between 1818 and 1820. Presently, it is the only twin lock on the Canal while the other one has been shifted to a single lock operation. Their historical value can be substantiated by its Grade II listing. They are located to the west of Camden High Street and the area surrounding the lock is home to the Camden Lock Market, the fourth largest tourist destination in London. Camden Lock references can be found in many well known music tracks, novels and films.

Camden Markets ( Visit Site )

The importance of Camden Markets can be judged by its rating as the fourth most visited destination in London. The largest street market in UK, with over 100,000 shoppers crowding the streets every weekend, Camden's markets are a highly interactive shopping centre. There are various, large retail markets dispersed around Camden town, which are as a group, known as Camden Markets. These include the Camden Lock Market, Camden Stables Market, Camden Canal Market, Inverness Street Market and Camden (Buck Street) Market. The streets are filled up with a variety of speciality shops selling anything from designer clothes to alternative clothing, bags, furnishings, antiques, jewellery, arts, accessories, etc. Shopping is always complemented by food, so there are a number of bars and restaurants to wind up your shopping spree.

Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm including all bank holidays except for Christmas day

Covent Garden ( Wikipedia )

Located in the southwest corner of the borough of Camden, Covent Garden is a district in London, whose main attraction has always been its market – The Piazza. The Garden is a shopper's paradise with a wide range of clothing wear, antiques, jewellery and gifts available here. From a range of clothes shops, shoe stores and boutiques at Neal Street and Long Acre to the largest Apple Store in the world opened in 2010. After a tiring day of shopping, the area has several coffee shops offering thirst quenching beverages.

Canal Boat Trip ( Visit Site )

Canal Boat Trips along the Regent's Canal are a popular romantic getaway for couples visiting the city. The tour focuses on the breathtakingly beautiful view of North West London, Little Venice and Camden Market finally winding up at Camden Lock. Many of the boats are of heritage origin, so that you have a real feel of Victorian London. Events and parties are arranged while on the cruise as also these boats are available on a private charter basis.

Address: London Waterbus Company, 58 Camden Lock Pl, London NW1 8AF, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 20 74822550

BT Tower ( Wikipedia )

BT Tower, one of the most recognizable sights in North West London, was built in the 1960s as a telecommunications tower and stands tall at 189 meters high. Formerly known as the Post Office Tower or British Telecom Tower, it is cosily nestled between Tottenham Court Road, the Euston Road and Great Portland Street. The narrow, cylindrical shape of the tower was preferred because it was essential that the tower receives a proper signal, even when the city is hit by the highest wind speeds. A restaurant called 'Top of the Tower' which rotated every 22 minutes was the main attraction of the building when it was operated by Butlins. Today, a major UK communications company occupies the tower.

Address: 60 Cleveland St, London W1T 4JZ, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 20 74325050

Kenwood House ( Visit Site )

Kenwood is a stately heritage house in London, located on the northern periphery of Hampstead Heath. Also known as Iveagh Bequest, it is a neo-classical beautiful structure decorated by some of the most admired painters of the Victorian Era. The name Iveagh Bequest was honoured upon the house as it had been bought by the Earl of Iveagh in 1925. The house is surrounded by acres of tranquil parklands, woodlands and lakes where one can spend a fun-filled day with the family.

Address: Hampstead Lane, Hampstead - NW3 7JR, England, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: 1 November 2013 - 31 March: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Opening hours for Brewhouse Café and Garden Shop vary according to the season.
Tel.: +44 870 3331181

Parks and Open Spaces

Hampstead Heath ( Wikipedia )

A vast spread of grassland, woods and ponds, Hampstead Heath (fondly known as "the Heath") is the most ancient parkland in London, covering an area of more than 790 acres. This sprawling piece of land is ecologically diverse with ancient woodlands, open air swimming pools, ponds, fishing lakes, playgrounds and training tracks. The park has facilities to embrace every kind of activity and event. The highest point is at Parliament Hill (a more relaxing corner) which presents a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. For the kids, getting to see different kinds of birds and ducks and playing in the grounds and pools is a fun and engaging experience. The Heath is surrounded by a number of attractions such as the Kenwood House (known for lakeside concerts), South End Green, Hampstead Village, Highgate and of course plenty of good pubs! In all, the natural beauty of Hampstead Heath makes it great place for a relaxing picnic.

Regent's Park ( Visit Site )

Regent's Park is an official member of the Royal Parks of London which includes other parks such as the St. James Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, Bushy Park and Brompton Cemetery. Regent's Park envelops a huge area of 166 hectares and therefore its location partly covers both Westminster and Camden. The main attractions of Regent's Park are London Zoo, Madame Tussauds museum, The London Planetarium and the eye catching Queen Mary's Rose Gardens. It also comprises an Open Air Theatre, a number of cafes and restaurants and facilities for sporting activities like tennis, football, softball and rugby. In fact, it is the biggest open air sports arena in Central London.

Address: The Store Yard, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Everyday 5:00 am to dusk
Tel.: +44 20 74867905

Primrose Hill ( Wikipedia )

A little away from Regent's Park is Primrose Hill, a hill of 78 metres, and also the name of the surrounding district. Many famous celebrities, actors and artists live in or visit the neighbourhood as it is home to some fantastic restaurants and bars. A climb on the steep but small hill will lead you to a perfect picnic spot that you can enjoy with your family whilst soaking in the amazing views of a London panorama. When you reach back to the neighbourhood, the cafes and pubs are always eager to please you with their specialities.

Address: Regent's Park Road/Prince Albert Road, NW8/ NW3, Camden, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: unrestricted

Bloomsbury Square Gardens
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The oldest garden square in London, Bloomsbury Square was created in the late 17th century by the 4th Earl of Southampton as a piazza for his palace. Now the palace ceases to exist, but the square 'attracts quite a lot of attention since it was London's first residential square, which was promptly followed by the designing & construction of central London's St.James's and Soho Square's. For many years, it had been a private property but the garden opened to the public only after it went under massive redevelopment to introduce new railings, fencing, paths, furniture and landscaping.

Address: Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2RJ, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Everyday 7:30 am to dusk
Tel.: +44 20 79741693

Kilburn Grange ( Visit Site )

Previously a part of the Grange Estate, the Kilburn Grange first opened its gates in 1913. A large park, it is situated right behind Kilburn High Road with the shadow of shops on the street as its background. The park encloses a children's playground, three tennis courts, a multi sports pitch, rose gardens and woodlands. Camden Council has been trying to conserve the natural beauty of the park by allowing native herbs and bushes to flourish, as these are important parts of the local ecosystem, especially to the many birds in the area.

Address: 7th Floor, Camden Town Hall Extension, Argyle Street, WC1H 8EQ, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Open during daylight hours
Tel.: +44 20 79741693

Hampstead Cemetery ( Visit Site )

Hampstead Cemetery is located on Fortune Green Road, London and covers a space of 26 acres. A public footpath running from Fortune Green Road to Cricklewood divides the cemetery into two. It was opened in 1876 as an urgent burial ground due to lack of space at St. John's Churchyard. But today it can no longer accommodate any more burials. The cemetery includes two chapels designed in Gothic architecture and a lodge made of Kentish stone. Over 60,000 people are said to have been buried here, many of them rich and aristocratic.

Address: 69 Fortune Green Road, London, NW6 1DR, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 20 7527 8300

Lincoln's Inn Fields ( Wikipedia )

Lincoln's Inn Fields is the largest and the oldest public square in London. Built in the 12th century, the landscaping of New York's Central Park is thought to have been designed to be similar to Lincoln's Inn Fields. After its acquisition by the London County Council in 1895, it was opened to the public. Its identity is different from Lincoln's Inn private gardens and the two are separated by a wall and a gatehouse. Today the square is used as a leisure space by Londoners.

Address: Newman's Row, London WC2A 3TL, United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 20 79741693

Swiss Cottage Open Space
( Visit Site )

The Swiss Cottage Open Space was created as a part of the expansion of Swiss Cottage library and leisure centre. The emphasizing part of this open space is its fountains with jet streams that propel up to 15 meters in the air. Besides the fountains, are shores of grass and granite as well as a children's playground.

Address: Parks and Open Spaces Section, 7th Floor, Camden Town Hall Extension
Argyle Street, WC1H 8EQ, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Open 24 hours
Tel.: +44 20 79741693, +44 20 79741542 (Gym)