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Home to some of the best known hotspots in the capital, from the ultra-cool Chelsea, to the underground scene of Camden Town, North London brings together the best in entertainment, culture and dining.
North London has some of the most historic places in the capital city. Broadly covering anything north of the winding River Thames, you can visit the East End or catch a show in a buzzing West End theatre.
Housing most of the London Underground network, it’s easy to get from A to B too. So whether you’d like to dip into the underground music scene or go to the Open Air Theatre in trendy Camden, drop by Vivien Westwood’s shop on King’s Road in upmarket Chelsea, or browse the fashionable boutiques in Covent Garden, you’ll be able to find your way without any problem.
There’s so much to do and see in North London, so it’s worth making a bit of a plan before you go to get the most from your trip.
If you’d like to have a really fun day out, visit London Zoo in Primrose Hill. For more of an underground experience, pop along to the Camden Town Brewery in Kentish Town to sample some home-brewed ales. While you’re there, it’s definitely worth checking out Camden Markets too, where you can pick up anything from an antique to a snack.
You can take a dip at the outdoor swimming pools at Hampton Heath if you’re feeling brave, or if it’s a scorcher. If you’re a bit of a history buff, head to the beautifully restored 18th-century neoclassical villa, Kenworth House in Hampstead Heath.
Whether you’re looking to grab a snack or indulge in a fancy meal, you can find your perfect match in the vibrant and varied dining scene north of the river.
To give you a bit of a head start, recommended places to eat include the Arancini Factory in Kentish Town, where you can sample authentic Sicilian arancini. The Delhi Grill in Islington is ideal for lovely Punjabi cuisine, Hook Camden Town is a popular chippy, and you can treat yourself with a snack on the go at Big Apple Hotdogs in Kings Cross or St Pancras.
When it comes to booking hotels in north London, you’ll be spoilt for choice too. Check out The Ritz or The Savoy if you’d like an opulent and historic setting close to the West End. You can get comfy in a budget-friendly hotel like the Holiday Inn Express London – Golders Green North, or go for a boutique retreat like No.11 Cadogan Gardens just off Sloane Street.