Camden's Top 10 best pubs. Camden Town in north London is filled with some of London's best pubs. This Top 10 guide to the best pubs in Camden provides a brief look into the world of live music pubs, quiet pint pubs, beer pubs, gastropubs, pre-gig pubs, large pubs, small pubs, heavy metal pubs, and off the beaten track pubs.
The Lock Tavern
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Confusingly located a fair distance from Camden Lock and adjacent to its famed Stable Markets, the Lock Tavern is a hugely popular mainstay on Chalk Farm Road that acts as a versatile one-stop-shop for inquisitive tourists, Sunday paper-readers, Saturday night ravers, gastro pub connoisseurs and everyone in between. Pleasant company, top-notch food and drink, regular DJ sets and a scenic top-floor balcony are just a few of the attractions to be found in this Mecca for Camden-based pub enthusiasts. Just get there early if you want to get in at peak times.
Belsize Park & Chalk Farm / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
The epitome of an old man pub, The Enterprise attracts ann eclectic mix of, well, old men, tourists and drink-loving youngsters. A quiet pub during the week, things liven up come Friday with the addition of a DJ to the mix, plus live gigs and the occasional karaoke session. Serving lunch and dinner from early until late this is a kooky little pub, and would be a great addition to any pub crawl. It?s also a favourite for pre-gig pub pints if you?re off to The Roundhouse.
Crown and Goose
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern British
Tucked just off Camden High Street, this gastropub comfortably blurs the lines between simple pub and great restaurant. You book a table (a rare luxury in Camden) and will be greeted with a constantly revised wine list, and an a la carte menu from which to choose. Alternatively, head down on a Saturday morning for brunch and make the most of the day. Open till 2am at the weekends, The Crown & Goose pub is great for early birds and night owls alike.
Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro
Located in the residential outskirts of Primrose Hill - walking distance from Camden, hence the inclusion - is a welcoming and cosy gastro pub with attentive and friendly staff. Private function rooms are available for big get-togethers, while the downstairs restaurant and bar provide a perfectly intimate setting. The playful garden and specially tailored children's menu make this a great place for families to eat. The proximity to Primrose Hill itself means you MUST go for a stroll either before or after your visit to the pub.
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Gastro
This pub will be in its element over the summer months. In its detachment from the noisy throngs of Camden High Street, the large beer garden, large interiors and appetising selection of light food, all favour the Edinboro Castle pub as a fulfilling lunchtime/weekend detour off the market path.
The Camden Head
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Gastro
Camden has long lured in a combination of rockers, madmen, hipsters, the badly behaved elderly and suburban teenagers and the Camden Head is the place to rub shoulders with them all, often at the same time. We've had huge glasses of Malbec and watched some irreverent comedy upstairs, we?ve spilled pints while dancing round the cramped DJ booth and we?ve scoffed chips with a hangover. The Camden Head might look like a normal boozer but within is your next anecdote, or at least your next G&T.
The Hawley Arms
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Eclectic
One of London's most infamous pubs and a favourite of North London locals, this two story pub is famed for it's riotous clientele. Hearty English pub food and a huge selection of drinks are on offer to enjoy in the bar or out on the heated roof terrace. Laid back lotharios serve behind the bar while the customers do what they do best: get pissed. Make like you're in the know and call it 'The Hawley'.
The Black Heart
Camden / Bar / Cuisine: Pizza
Just as moody, murky and misanthropic as its name would suggest, the Black Heart is a seedy, edgy yet ultimately charismatic music bar that could only really work in its spiritual home of Camden. A fierce soundtrack and (presumably ironic) religious iconography abound under the venue?s low ceiling ? as does a comprehensive selection of beers, spirits, snacks and even the odd cocktail ? but you get the feeling that beneath its antagonistic exterior, the Black Heart has a character and warmth that keeps locals coming back time and time again.
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Anyone who cannot fathom the appeal of a playlist that contains, amongst others, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, Slipnot, Deftones, and Black Sabbath might wish to look elsewhere for their pint of the black stuff. Otherwise, if you're a goth or a metaller, come on down.
The Good Mixer
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