London Shopping: Camden Arts Centre

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Camden Arts Centre is a gallery, workshop space, garden and shop all rolled together. We visited on a sunny summer morning, but this venue is perfect for rainy afternoons too.

Camden Arts Centre is one of my go-to weekend destinations in North West London, as there’s plenty to see and do in one place. You can start off with coffee and a pastry from the cafe (and take it into the lush, semi-wild garden if the weather allows) then catch an exhibition or a creative workshop. Afterwards, you can easily make an hour evaporate while nosing around the beautifully curated book-and-stationery shop, where you’ll find all manner of kids’ picture books, international art magazines, art tomes and fiction, as well as a wonderful selection of cards and stationery. 

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The garden is fantastic. There are tables and chairs if you wish to dine outdoors, but there is also a large expanse of green grass for picnics, painting and lounging, as well as a patch of (intentional) wilderness right at the top. A perfect urban oasis – make the most of it while the summer is still here!

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The shop is colourful and filled to the brim with an interesting selection of bits and pieces. A great place to buy an unusual gift for a creative or book-loving friend. We spied lots of Roger la Borde goodies in there, too.

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Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London NW3 6DG

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