Camden’s cool vibe and the busy market attracts visitors from around the world. But let me tell you a secret…..once you step away from the High Street and discover the myriad of back streets and alleyways you will find many of the walls awash with vibrant street art.
Let me take you on a Camden Street Art trail… you never know who we will meet.
Click on the links to see the locations on Google Maps or more information on the artists.
If you are an Amy Winehouse fan you will want to pop across the road into Stables Market, where you find a statue of Camden’s sweetheart, not street art.. but not to be missed.
Amy will make regular appearances on our walk, she lived here and loved Camden. I once saw her having her picture taken with a kid on a back street… I told you that you never know who you might meet in Camden.
But next let’s turn right on Hartland Road into a hidden alleyway/ art gallery…. Hawley Mews, where you will meet a pair of lovers, who says street art can’t be romantic.
This painting’s title ‘Little Punk’ is very apt for Camden, which is still home to a few 21st century punks, who hang around the bridge at Camden Lock. Is it just me or is ‘Little Punk’ glaring at Amy across the street ? Amy doesn’t seem too bothered if she is.
Otto Schade’s figures which dominate this wall on Hawley Street seem to be created from ribbons or bandages, like mummies. I love this painting of a rhino.
You are probably ready for some refreshment now, so I recommend you stop at Amy’s favourite pub The Hawley Arms on Castlehaven Road. Urban legend goes that Amy loved to pop behind the bar and pull pints here. The pub exterior has a new Amy painting on the wall.
Other works on Castlehaven Road include this stencil of a child, by Dotmaster, which has been lately joined by a pigeon. The art is always changing, whilst which is part of the joy of wandering around Camden, there is always something new to discover.
Now keep walking down Camden High Street, past the lock and market until you come to Buck Street and the Buck’s Head Pub on the left. Camden has lots of great pubs and a lively music and comedy scene. The Buck’s Head has a new addition to the area’s street art collection by Aeroarts, which is great illustration of how artists are working with businesses to create compelling advertising.
UPDATE MAY 2017 – There’s a wall on the corner of Buck Street and Stuckley Place, where the artwork here changes every couple of months. At present this work by Lora Zombie, a successful artist from Russia who is now based in LA.
It replaces a portrait of Amy Winehouse, by Kaptain Kris and Amara por Dios, reflecting the transient nature of street art. I try to record the art of Stuckley Place every time it changes.
I also liked this one from November 2016. I don’t know the artist. I’m afraid.
Anyway back to our tour……and another music icon.
Turn right onto Kentish Town road from Buck Street and you will soon meet another musical icon… Prince. I’m afraid I don’t know the artist, it was commissioned by an environmental group to raise fund for solar projects. The purple one played a secret gig here at The Electric Ballroom in 2014. But hurry as local press reports that the mural will be taken down on June 4, which is the late singer’s birthday.
Continue to Camden Town tube station, the turn left onto Camden Road. On the door of no. 16, Camden Road opposite Sainsbury’s, Amy smiles at passerbys. “Did you notice me ?” she seems to be ask. The work is by mysterious street artist Bambi and most be Camden’s most enduring art work, as it was painted in 2010.
Walking back towards the tube station, turn left onto Bayhan Street and left again for Greenland Road and another mini-gallery on Greenland Place.
From there head back onto Bayham Street until you find Camden’s muse, Amy, in another portrait by Bambi on the junction with Pratt Street.
Then venture up Pratt Street to Camden High Street, walking back towards the tube. Turn left towards Parkway at the junction. Half way up Parkway you will find The Earl of Camden Pub and another portrait of Amy by street artist Pegasus.
This is only a selection of the art work in Camden, and as it changes constantly I can’t guarantee that you will see any of the works that I have featured on your travels, but I bet you see some great new ones. I have tried to credit the artist where possible, but if you can fill in any of the blanks please do get in touch. I think this would be a great London activity for teens, it would encourage them to keep up an interest in art. Please feel free to download the photos to your phone and create your own trail.
I hope you enjoyed my staycation inspiration. If you do try any of these activities, I would love to hear from you. What are your tips for a staycation in London ? #staycationinspiration.
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