Chalk Farm is a small pocket of northwest London within the borough of Camden, and neighbours Camden Town, Kentish Town and Belsize Park. Chalk Farm has many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian townhouses and Victorian mansion blocks situated in quiet streets. A number of new apartment blocks have been built in recent years and the mix of styles gives the area great charm and character. For many people, Chalk Farm is the ideal place to live. It is slightly removed from the main hustle and bustle of Camden and Kentish Town but with the advantages of being within touching distance of all the amenities they have to offer. The more gentrified area of Belsize Park with its more upmarket shops and restaurants are also only minutes away.
Chalk Farm has many public transport links that provide local residents with a short commute to central London. Network Rail stations like Euston, King’s Cross and St Pancras are very close by and offer direct links around the country. The architecturally stunning St Pancras International boasts the longest champagne bar in Europe, which is well worth a visit even if you are not planning to hop aboard the Eurostar for the 2 hour trip to Paris! People who live in Chalk Farm are also only a short walk from some of London’s largest open spaces like Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park, and Primrose Hill.
Although not as popular with tourists as Camden Town, there are plenty of attractions in Chalk Farm. The most famous music venue is the Roundhouse which is only a short walk from both Camden Town and Chalk Farm tube stations. Chalk Farm also has its share of trendy pubs and clubs that give the area a real buzz and unique atmosphere.
So, what is it like to live in Chalk Farm? In this area guide, you will find out why residents love living in Chalk Farm.
Some interesting facts about Chalk Farm
- The famous Roundhouse arts venue used to be a locomotive shed with a turntable that could turn locomotives 360 degrees.
- Famous bands like Pink Floyd, the Doors, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and Elton have all performed concerts at the Roundhouse.
- The group Madness used the outside of Chalk Farm Underground Station on the cover of their album ‘Absolutely’.
- The name Chalk Farm is from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Chaldecot’ which means ‘cold cottage’ or ‘cold shelter’.
- Chalk Farm tube station is a grade II listed building and has the longest frontages of the stations designed by Leslie Green.
Residential properties in Chalk Farm
Chalk Farm is mostly made up of residential terraced houses from the Victorian and Georgian periods. Many young City professionals and couples choose Chalk Farm because of the area becoming increasingly fashionable and popular and, of course, the convenience of the location.
Some of the most sought-after streets in Chalk Farm to live in are Malden Crescent, Belmont Street, and Herbert Street. Eton College Road also has fine examples of red-brick apartment buildings that offer luxurious living in the centre of London.
The main public transport route in Chalk Farm is the Chalk Farm underground station on the Northern Line. This station proves commuters with a short travel time to the City. Camden Town and Mornington Crescent stations are also close to Chalk Farm.
There are also plenty of bus routes servicing the Chalk Farm area that also run 24 hours. If your destination is outside of the capital, then King’s Cross St Pancras has direct routes to Northern England and Scotland as well as Eurostar services to Paris and Brussels.
Where to relax in Chalk Farm
Chalk Farm has plenty of large open green areas for residents and visitors to relax in. In fact, strolling through Hampstead Heath or Regent’s Park, a person could easily forget they are in the middle of London.
Primrose Hill Fields is another popular destination with visitors and local residents alike and is famous for stunning views of the London skyline. Primrose Hill is a great place people watch and where you are quite likely to see a local A – List celebrity or two who famously live locally. Primrose Hill Village with its trendy shops, boutiques and great choice of eateries is within a few minutes reach of Chalk Farm, via Bridge Approach or the tow path of Camden Lock.
Walkers, joggers and cyclists love spending time on the towpath along the Regent’s Canal.
What’s to do in Chalk Farm?
Inhabitants of Chalk Farm are never short of something to do. As well as being close to fashionable clubs, bars, and restaurants in Camden Town, Chalk Farm has its own trendy venues and has a number of nearby gyms to choose from.
The best restaurants in Chalk Farm are near the Roundhouse and on Chalk Farm Road. There you can find cuisines to suit any taste. There are restaurants serving Asian food, American-style diners, Italian food, Thai, and fine dining restaurants.
Pubs and bars
Chalk Farm has a lively night scene thanks to top-class bars, Gastropubs, and cocktail clubs.
The music and arts scene in Chalk Farm is dominated by the Roundhouse. However, there are also classy jazz clubs, blues bars, and live music events at The Dublin Castle.
Schools in Chalk Farm
The Borough of Camden is responsible for education in Chalk Farm. Families with school-age children can pick from a number of well-performing and outstanding primary and secondary schools. Some of the best schools in Chalk Farm include North Bridge Prep School and the Camden School for Girls.
There are also schools that specially cater to the needs of children with learning difficulties and autism.
Local amenities in Chalk Farm
Chalk Farm and neighbouring Camden have so much to offer in the way of local amenities. There are Camden Lock Markets and the Stables Market that offer international foods, vintage clothing, handcrafts, and antiques.
Camden High Street offers all you would expect from a high street, with banks, high-street brands, grocery stores, and independent boutiques in abundance.