Camden’s Secret Street Art

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.

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Click on the links to see the locations on Google Maps or more information on the artists. 

We begin at Chalk Farm Tube and walk down Chalk Farm Road, past the Roundhouse until you come to Harmood Street, and a futuristic work by Itaewon.

Secret Street Art Camden. Artwork by Itaewon on Harmood Street. Staycation Inspiration.
Street Art by Itaewon, Harmood Street. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

The next left is Hartland Road, with a mural by Dan Kitchner, who specialises in urban landscapes.

Secret Street Art Camden. Artwork by Dan Kitchener on Hartland Road. Staycation Inspiration.
Street Art by Dan Kitchener, Hartland Road.Photo : Siobhan Starrs

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 Winehouse statue in Camden Market. Staycation Inspiration.
Amy Winehouse statue. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Secret Street Art Camden. Lovers Hawley Mews, Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Lovers Hawley Mews. Photo: Siobhan Starrs
Hawley Mews Street Art by Tonyboy, Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Hawley Mews Street Art by Tonyboy. Photo : Siobhan Starrs
Hawley Mews foxes by Himbad and Marina Zumi. Street Art Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Hawley Mews foxes by Himbad and Marina Zumi. Photo: Siobhan Starrs
Hawley Mews Cheetah by Alice Pasquini. Street Art, Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration.
Hawley Mews Cheetah by Alice Pasquini. Photo : Siobhan Starrs

Hawley Mews leads onto Hawley Street. where we meet ‘Little Punk’ by Zabou, a London based artist, originally from France.

Little Punk By Zabou. Hawley St. Street Art. Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Little Punk By Zabou. Hawley St. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Amy Winehouse portrait by Otto Schade. Street Art Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Amy Winehouse portrait by Otto Schade. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Otto Schade's Rhino, Hawley Street. Street Art, Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Otto Schade’s Rhino, Hawley Street. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Amy Winehouse portrait on Hawley Arms. Street Art Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Amy Winehouse portrait on Hawley Arms. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Castlehaven Road Street Art, Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration
Castlehaven Road Street Art. The image of the child spraying is by Dotmaster.

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.

Buck's Head Art by Aero Arts. Camden Street Art, London. Staycation Inspiration
Buck’s Head Art by Aero Arts. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Stuckley Place Street Art, May 2017. A staycation in Camden, London.
Stuckley Place Street Art, May 2017. Artist: Lora Zombie. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Portrait of Amy Winehouse by Kaptain Kris and Amara Por Dios at Stuckley Place. Camden Street Art, London. Staycation Inspiration.
Portrait of Amy Winehouse by Kaptain Kris and Amara Por Dios at Stuckley Place. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

I also liked this one from November 2016. I don’t know the artist. I’m afraid.

Stuckley Place Street art - Nov 2016. A staycation in Camden, London. UK Travel
Stuckley Place Street art – Nov 2016. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

Continue to Camden Town tube station, taking the left turn 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.

Amy by Bambi. Photo: Siobhan Starrs.
Amy by Bambi. Photo: Siobhan Starrs.

Walking back towards the tube station, turn left onto Bayhan Street and left again for Greenland Road and another mini-gallery on Greenland Place.

Street art at Greenland Place, Camden, London. Staycation Inspiration.
Street art Greenland Place. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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. 

Amy Winehouse portrait by Bambi. Camden Street Art. London. Staycation Inspiration.
Amy Winehouse portrait by Bambi. Photo: Siobhan Starrs

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.

Amy Winehouse portrait by Pegasus. Street Art, Camden. London. Staycation Inspiration.
Street art by Pegasus featuring Amy Winehouse – Photo by Siobhan Starrs

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.

I am linking this blog post with #TheListLinky hosted by Aby at youbabymemummy.com.

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and also to #culturedkids hosted by Nell Heshram at pigeonpairandme.com

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and Catherine Boardman at Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

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22 comments

  1. Oh my the street art is fabulous and I just loved the Rhino and the huge Amy face with the eyes!!! Thank you for sharing this – its just fantastic treat for the eye!!

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  2. OMG! This post is awesome and heaven sent for me. We have just been planning my daughter’s 9th bday and are thinking of taking her a couple of friends up to the markets (I’ve never been!). Any tips for the younger set? We’ll definitely be taking them on your tour! Am bookmarking this now! (PS- Great Freebie Opt-In would be a downloadable tourguide :-D) Thank you so much for this excellent post! xxx
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    • I’m so glad you liked it. Camden can be incredibly busy, so make sure you have enough adults too. Perhaps get the kids to wearing matching coats or baseball hats so you can spot them. They will love the crazy trinkets and clothes in the market. There’s a pizza express on Parkway if they fancy pizza. Can I suggest that you download the photos of the street art onto a smartphone, then you can share them and turn it into a treasure hunt, using your phones map function, thus teaching them map reading. London zoo is a ten minute walk. Primrose hill and Regent’s Park close by too. Have fun !

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      • (UPDATE MAY 3 2017 – the lovely painting of Amy Winehouse on Stuckley Place has been replaced. I will update the blog very soon with a new photo of the new artwork – I am a bit sad, but such is transient nature of street art )

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  3. Wow, I had no idea there was such vibrant street art in that area. I have visited the market but that is about it. Although,I have never really understood the obsession some have with Amy Winehouse, the art was interesting so thanks for sharing. #CulturedKids

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  4. I love the painting of Amy on the pub, so beautiful. It’s all lovely in fact. Street Art can really add to a place can’t it, or just enhance it? I haven’t been to Camden for years, I should really! 🙂

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  5. I need to get myself to Camden to see these. I wonder if the artworks on Stuckley Place are captured somewhere – other than all the photos taken by passers-by. It seems a bit of a shame that these incredible murals disappear on a regular basis. Although I suppose that’s the way life works….great post, thanks for linking up with #CulturedKids

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    • Hi Nell. It is a pity when art works disappear, but I guess that is the nature of street art. I was musing the Camden’s street art would be worthy of its own blog… if only I had the time…..

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  6. I love checking out the street art in any destination, and find this really cool! I’m very impressed with that painting of just the top of Amy Winehouse’s face — eyes look so real! #culturedkids

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