Starting from the top of Primrose Hill, take a last look at the view and then head down left towards Regents Park Road . When you get to the road, follow Regents Park Avenue away from Primrose Hill – in a north-easterly direction. This takes you by some lovely house and shops before ending up at a footbridge at Gloucester Avenue. Go across the bridge and keep straight until you get to Adelaide Road.
Turn right along Adelaide Road and Chalk farm Underground station will appear on your left. Take a right at the T junction in front of the station and the ‘Roundhouse’ will appear on your right with an Antony Gormley statue on the roof. Its worth going inside and seeing how they converted this railway engine shed into an art space. Continue down Chalk Farm Road until you come to The Stables Market on the right. There is a small side entrance on the road that goes behind the petrol station (2nd on the right). Spend time exploring this market and gradually work your way along its length and back onto Chalk Farm Road underneath the railway bridge at Camden Lock. This is about the spot where you diverted off along Regents Canal in ‘Part 1’ of this circular route around Camden Town. You can go on exploring Camden Market and Camden Lock Market before heading off down Camden High Street towards the station.
Background to the area
Primrose Hill is a hill which ist 256 feet (78 m) high and located on the northern side of Regent’s Park. The hill has a clear view of central London to the south-east, as well as Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north. It is one of the most exclusive and expensive residential areas in London.
Chalk Farm is on the site of the old village of Chalcot and became built up i the 19th century. These days it absorbs the spread from Camden Town and has many lively pubs, live music venues, and restaurants. Within London it is best known as the site of The Roundhouse, a former circular railway engine shed which was later converted for arts and performance use.
Camden Town was originally a small residential district and was originally part of the manor of Kentish Town. The town became an important place during the early development of the railways and the expansion of the networks. Its industrial areas has been replaced by retail, tourism and entertainment, including a number of internationally known markets and music venues that are strongly associated with alternative culture.
Maps Camden town circular route part 2