NW1 (Camden) area guide
The northern boundary of NW1 is Church Street and Lilestone Road, before joining and following Prince Albert Road around the northern edge of Regent’s Park. The northern boundary then roughly follows Regents Park Road, Prince of Wales Road and Camden Road in an easterly direction. The eastern boundary of NW1 is York Way, whilst the southern boundary follows Euston Road and Marylebone Road. The Edgware Road then links the northern and southern boundaries.
The NW1 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Baker Street Station, Bloomsbury, Bryanston and Dorset Square, Camden, Camden Road Station, Camden Town Station, Camden Town with Primrose Hill, Cantelowes, Church Street, City Of Westminster, Edgware Road Station, Euston Station, Haverstock, Kentish Town, King’s Cross, London, Marylebone High Street, Marylebone Station, Mornington Crescent Station, Regent’s Park, Regents Park Station, St Pancras and Somers Town, St. Pancras Station, Warren Street Station.
The area of Regent’s Park, or as it was then known, Marylebone Park, was property of the royal family, though it had been leased to be used as a hunting area by the Duke of Portland. In 1811, the lease expired and King George IV (or the Prince Regent as he was then known), commissioned John Nash to redevelop the area. The master plan that Nash developed included the terraced houses that exist around the edges of the park today, as well as a palace for the prince himself and various villas for his friends. The palace and most of the villas were never built. Of the eight that were built, four are located on the western edge of the park, and three still stand to this day: Winfield House (residence of the American Ambassador), Grove House and Hanover Lodge. Albany Cottage was demolished and is now the site of London Central Mosque.
Around the Inner Circle of the park, St Johns Lodge, The Holme and South Villa were built, though South Villa has been replaced by Regents College. Between 1998 and 2004, the Crown Estate built 6 new villas, designed in a traditional style by Quinlan Terry.
To the east of Regent’s Park is Camden Town, linked to the park by Regent’s Canal which runs through both. The towpath still exists, as do the underwater ramps built to assist horses that fell into the river. Camden Town began to develop around the late eighteenth century. Prior to this it was agricultural land and the Fleet River. Charles Pratt, Earl of Camden, began an initial building programme that drew a number of wealthy families to the area. However, with the arrival of the railway in the middle of the nineteenth century, development was massively accelerated and the population grew massively (particularly the Irish population). The area now has a diverse and cosmopolitan population, and is popular amongst those following alternative trends, and has a notable ‘goth’ and ‘punk’ population.
Lisson Grove was historically one of the worst slums in London, and was famously the home of Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaws Pygmalion. At this time, police officers would patrol in pairs, local women were described as the most violent and foul mouthed in London and many of the residents lived in extreme poverty.
The homes around Regent Park provide some of the most impressive homes in London, in one of the most desirable areas, with streets including Hanover Terrace, Cambridge Gate, and Gloucester Place. Gloucester Gate was one of the rows of homes designed by Nash in the original master plan for the area, and is Grade I listed as a result. A four bedroom home on Gloucester Gate is likely to reach an asking price of around £6 million, whilst on Cambridge Gate, located closer to the Inner Circle, the same amount of money is only likely to secure a flat. However, in typical London style, only moments away from the most expensive property in the area, is some of the most affordable. Stanhope Street has a high rise purpose built block, where a one bed flat could potentially be secured for around £200,000.
The area around Marylebone Tube Station also has some attractive Georgian Squares, such as Dorset Square and Gloucester Place. A considerable amount of the property in this area has been converted into commercial property. However, homes occasionally come onto the market, with asking prices of around £5 million. Annes Court, on Palgrave Gardens, has a more modern interpretation of the nearby Georgian terraces, and proves equally as popular, with a three bed penthouse apartment reaching asking prices of almost £3 million. Marylebone also boasts numerous attractive and popular mansion blocks, such as Berkeley Court on Marylebone Road and Hyde Park mansions on Cabbell Street, where properties cost between £1 and £1.5 million.
In between Primrose Hill and Camden Town, Jamestown Road has a purpose built block, where a three bed flat will reach an asking price of around £1.7 million. Cliff Road, further east has Victorian terraces, where a one-bed conversion flat is likely to demand an asking price of around £250,000, as will a similar home on Healey Street, Agar Grove or Oval Road. A studio conversion flat on Camden Road is likely to cost slightly more with asking prices at around £280,000, whilst a one bed conversion flat in Rochester Terrace or on Murray Street is likely to reach an asking price closer to £300,000 at the time of writing.
For those in search of a two bed period conversion, Oakley Square comprises substantial Georgian terraced homes, many of which have been redeveloped to include flats. A two bedroom conversion flat in one of these houses could reach an asking price of around £350,000. A two bed garden flat is likely to reach a considerably higher price, as asking prices for two bed garden flats on St Augustines Road were priced at around £460,000.
Regent’s Park is one of the greatest attractions in the area. It is divided into the Outer Circle and the Inner Circle. The northern part of the gardens has Regents Canal running through it and London Zoo, whilst the inner circle contains well manicured gardens and the open air theatre. Camden Lock has weekend street markets, popular amongst students and other residents, with numerous alternative, second hand and vintage clothing stalls. Along with all of the eccentric stalls one finds in the area, one can also find pretty much anything one needs. There are electronic stores, top designer stores, and supermarkets.
Camden Town is also home to one of the best night scenes in London. There are lots of bars, clubs, pubs, and music venues. Punk Rock was born in this area and the punk style still holds strong. As a result, much of the music one hears in Camden Town is of punk nature.
There are endless transportation opportunities in the area. Wherever you live in NW1, there will be a train station close by. There are eight train stations in NW1. They are as follows:
Baker Street Station in Travelcard zone 1, which runs on the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and Jubilee underground lines.
Camden Road Station in Travelcard zone 2, which runs on the London Overground (the North London Line).
Camden Town Station in Travelcard zone 2, which runs on the Northern line.
Edgware Road Station in Travelcard zone 1, which runs on the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines.
Euston Station in Travelcard zone 1, which runs on the London Overground and National Rail.
Regents Park Station in Travelcard zone 1, on the Bakerloo line.
St. Pancras Station in Travelcard zone 1, which runs the National Rail, Eurostar, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
Warren Street Station in Travelcard zone 1, which runs on the Northern and Victoria lines.