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Artsy, a little punk, rich in some parts and bustling markets can describe North London. Lots of alternative London culture can be seen here. The area is truly diverse, upbeat and folksy.
Do you feel like having a round of pints with your fellow blokes? You can do that here. Do you want to see a talented theatre performance? You can do that here. If you want to see some of the best football in London, the Borough of Islington is home to Arsenal Stadium. If want to engage in some of the best budget shopping in London, the markets in Camden especially satisfy. From tranquil parks to raucous pubs, this area has a multitude of places to see and be.
For travel to other major cities and destinations, the Euston Rail Station is the perfect jumping point. Located near Central London and close to many hotels, tourists can set off for places like Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester from the rail station.
If you come to this area, one of the best attractions is the British Library. Here you can see Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, study ancient maps or examine oracle bones from China.
The Henry Wellcome Collection, which is named after the famous philanthropist and Doctor Henry Wellcome, is a quirky and intriguing collection of medical equipment, history and documents. You can even see how dirty Napoleon’s toothbrush is.
Euston is within Camden. Nearby are many music cafes, pubs, markets and eateries.
Using the London Tube, get off at the Euston Underground Station. Using the bus system, get off at Euston bus station or King Cross.
After a day at the markets here, you will never want to leave. Everything from handmade bracelets to flannel shirts is on sale. You can even purchases antique toys, cool tobacco pipes and strange hats. Main Street, Camden Lock Market and Camden Stables are three areas worth a look.
Camden has plenty of music too. Indeed the London nightlife may be most hopping here. The Jazz Cafe, Electric Ballroom, Devonshire Arms and KOKO all feature a diverse range of music. Great musicians walk in and out of these places every weekend. So be sure to check in advance to see who is coming.
Whilst in Camden, you can also have a scare at the Camden Catacombs. Horses used to be housed here and now this system of underground tunnels can be toured.
Highbury and Islington
Come on out the neighbourhood where Tony Blair used to live. Highbury and Islington have a colourful history. The main attraction here today is perhaps Arsenal Stadium, where F.C. Woolwich Arsenal matches can be enjoyed.
If you want to see dance and theatre, go to Sadler Well’s Theatre. Ballet, plays, opera and more are all held here.
The Union Chapel isn’t just about praying. It’s about the music. Listen to live bands here play at an intimate venue. The weekends are loud and ballsy.
Hand puppets, cartoon shows and other inventive puppet shows are put on at the Angel Theatre. And it’s not too pricey. If you are visiting London with a family, this is a perfect venue to visit.
For those who enjoy studying political philosophy, visit the Marx Memorial Library. This library showcases everything you need to know about the Karl Marx the man and his ideology.
Hampstead Health is one of the best recreational parks in London. This park is over 790 acres and even has the magnificent Kenwood House. This place is great for a picnic, cycling, running, walking and apparently flamingos. Don’t make these birds angry. They do chase.
For a movie, go to the Everyman Cinema Club, which is hyped to suit lovers. The Burgh House at New End Square has exhibits on local history and even offers visitors the chance to recollect old war information and recordings.
The former mortuary that is now the New End Theatre features plays by young, aspiring playwrights. Bernard Shaw even worked here for some time. Seating just over 80 people, the experience is pleasantly personal.
Getting around London and to North is very simple. From all London areas, using public transportation is possible to get here. The Tube and buses makes stops at Hampstead, Highbury and Ilsington, Camden and on Euston Road. Taking a taxi is possible, but will cost a bit more.
Places to Stay
Accommodation ranges from budget chain hotels to high class luxury hotels. The area is home to a good deal of boutique hotels as well.
The Windmill is a budget hotel in North London that has prices lower than £50 per night. Check out the Hotel Russell if you want luxury rooms and luxury dining in same building. And the Holiday Inn near King Cross bus stop offers a mid-range option.