This walk in Regent’s Park and Camden Town is 4.5 miles long and explores London’s most vibrant market, prettiest park and the artistic side of the city’s inner north. Our self-guided walking route includes a map and instructions.

By: Mark | Last Updated: 26 Jan 2024 | Jump to Comments & Questions

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This walk is a great way to explore the area north of central London, a vibrant neighbourhood known for eclectic markets, live music, old-school pubs, and beautiful green spaces.

Throughout 4.5 miles it passes through Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill before descending into Chalk Farm and then Camden.

You’ll be rewarded with an excellent viewpoint over London, a charming high street, cool street art, and plenty of diverse street food to try.

You can simply walk the route and be done in just over two hours or take your time and enjoy half a day on this interesting London walk.

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ABOUT THIS WALK

Our Regent’s Park and Camden Town walk collects the prettiest parts of London’s most regal park, plus Primrose Hill, on the way through to Camden Town.

The walk can be done any time of year but is prettiest in late spring when the parks are lush and green, and bursting with flowers.

If you’d like to stroll along the canal more than in the park, visit our Regent’s Canal walk.

MAP | REGENTS PARK & CAMDEN WALK

Use our map to navigate this Regent’s Park and Camden Town Walk so you don’t miss any of the sights.

WHERE TO START?

We recommend starting at Regents Park station (or Baker Street station) and finishing at Camden tube station.

HOW LONG?

The walk is 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometres) and, if you walk without stopping, it will take just over 2 hours. There’s plenty to see and places to stop along the way, so allow at least half a day.

One of the key attractions on the walk is Camden Market, so check out the Camden Market opening times before starting.

START / REGENT’S PARK STATION

Exit Regents Park tube station, walk around Park Square and enter Regent’s Park. There are several paths criss-crossing the park, but we have picked our favourite route. Follow the route on the map above and you’ll pass the following sights.

REGENT’S PARK

The formal Italian Garden is constantly changing with seasonal bedding plants arranged around walkways with elaborate urns and tiered fountains. It runs alongside the Boardwalk which has lines of attractive trees on either side.

Next up, head into the inner circle to Queen Mary’s Garden where you’ll find a Rose Garden, a Japanese Garden Island, and the Triton and Dryads Fountain.

Continue following the route on the walking map above as it winds around the boating lake and crosses the playing fields which are packed with footballers on a summer’s day. Passing the edge of London Zoo the path crosses the Outer Circle, heads over a bridge above Regent’s Canal, and exits the park.

PRIMROSE HILL

Opposite (to the right) is Primrose Hill. Cross the road and head diagonally up the hill to its grassy summit.

Like Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill was once a great chase appropriated by Henry VIII. In his time, it was a lively place with murders, duels and prize fights occurring on its slopes.

Today, it is one of only 6 protected viewpoints in London and it looks out over the City, Central London and the London Eye.

REGENT’S PARK ROAD

Drop down off the summit towards Primrose Hill village and turn left on Regent’s Park Road. Also known as Primrose Hill High Street it passes through the heart of this very pretty neighbourhood.

Brunch spots spill onto the pavement. The Queen’s pub is a great stop for a pint; it’s Bagels! sees locals queueing for the latest batch; and Lemonia has been serving Greek lunches for generations.

Peer right just before crossing the railway tracks and you’ll see brightly painted houses lining the street. After crossing the bridge, turn right to stay on Regent’s Park Road, then right again onto Chalk Farm Road.

CHALK FARM ROAD

As you walk down Chalk Farm Road towards Camden Market, you’ll pass the Roundhouse. This iconic music venue is housed in a former engine shed. We were lucky enough to see Amy Winehouse in this remarkable venue. Check roundhouse.org.uk to see what’s on.

A little further along on your left, have a look down Harmood Street (to see street art painted on the walls) and Hartland Street (for more brightly painted houses). The entrance to Camden Market is on the other side of Chalk Farm Road.

CAMDEN MARKET

The largest, and in our opinion, most interesting market in London is well worth exploring. A melting pot of music, fashion, experiences and food, the market is split into 4 quarters:

  • Camden Stables Market
  • Camden Lock Market
  • Camden Hawley Wharf Market
  • Camden Buck Street Market

It’s easy enough to just amble round the different sections and re-join our self-guided walk later but we have planned a route that we think captures all the best bits. Follow it on the map above.

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CAMDEN STABLES MARKET

Enter through the large black gates signed towards two massive robots and you’ve entered Stables Market. It got its name from the saddlers’ workshops, horse hospital and stables that were tucked under the arches of the railway viaduct.

Today this labyrinth of cobbled lanes and alleyways running both overground and underground, is lined with all sorts of stalls and experiences.

Don’t miss the statue to Amy Winehouse, the Hansel & Gretel Store (selling ice cream and candy), and Saddle Row covered in red, yellow, and orange umbrellas.

CAMDEN LOCK MARKET

Next up is Camden Lock Market. Set on the edge of Regents Canal, the large open air West Yard has street food from all over the world. Pick from Chinese dumplings to Korean buns; Indian curries to Wagyu burgers.

If you fancy something sweet, try the elaborately decorated donuts stall or the Churros and chocolate stall.  

The three-floor brick buildings surrounding West Yard sell quality craft items and artisan products.  

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CAMDEN LOCK

CAMDEN HAWLEY WHARF MARKET

Leaving Camden Lock market, cross over Camden High Street and head into the third section of the market – Hawley Wharf. This new complex opened in 2021 and consists of covered food courts and modern boutique stores. It’s quieter and more gentrified than the Stables or Camden Lock.

Our self-guided walk does a loop of Hawley Wharf Market. Head along the lane by the side of the railway arches, turn right down Kentish Town Road, and right again to return along the Regents Canal towpath.

Here it intersects with another of our favourite walks in London – the Regent’s Canal walk.

Along the loop there’s the tap room at the 3 Locks Brewing Company, Soho Creamery (selling vegan ice cream), and a bar and coffee shop with seats on the waterfront. Kids might want to try out the subterranean Babylon Park while coffee lovers should head to the Camden Coffee Roastery.

CAMDEN TOWN

Back on Camden High Street turn left and head into the heart of Camden Town. This busy section of road is surrounded by alternative culture and people. Punks sell photo opportunities; street art covers entire buildings; and buskers sing into the late hours.

Buck Street Market, the last of the four quarters of Camden Market is located, in what looks like, a multi-level shipping container.

Climb the stairs for drinks with a view or shop for fair trade fashion and environmentally friendly goods below.

CAMDEN AT NIGHT

Camden Town is a creative hub for the arts. If you visit in the late afternoon and want to stick around for the evening, check what’s on. Some of the options include:

The walk ends at Camden Town tube station. We hope you enjoyed it.

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Also, check out all the fantastic day hikes near London and soak up some beautiful country landscapes.

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