Camden remains unburned
London Borough of Camden Travel Blog› entry 9 of 47 › view all entries
February 9th, 2008 – by: maplefanta
The neighbourhood of 'Seven Dials' is probably one of the most 'special' one of the Inner London area (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Dials). It is situated just north of Covent Garden (often included as part of that neighbourhood) and East to 'Theater Land' (Shaftesbury Road - Leicester Square) shaping the border with City of London and City of Westminster.
The streets of Seven Dials are mainly pedestrianised and the buildings sheltered some eclectic and popular fashionable stores (Adidas, Vans and such) though showing a different architecture than what you can see elsewhere in Greater London.
From a utterly poor neighbourhood, Seven Dials gentrification process did transform the district into a hip area. One main interesting thing is that most tourist end up in the district purely random. It is one great area of Greater London though not publicised nor bragged about. So when walking around Covent Garden - The National Gallery or Shaftesbury Avenue, do dare to make a turn and venture in the tiny cobbled street East of Soho-Westminster leading into Seven Dials-Camden. You will be surprised!
Holborn was a borough by itself included in the County of Middlesex, both vanished and Holborn is now part of Camden just at the northern border with City of London.
The architecture and feeling of Holborn varies greatly. From the eclectic feeling of the edge of the theaterland, you can move to large anonymous estates and other places where motorised traffic is king along the east of Tottenham Court Road or around Kingsway towards Aldwych.
North of High Holborn Street, the neighbourhood gradually gain a new residential and commercial vocation as you move towards Euston and St. Pancras (Russel Square)
Charles Dickens House is located in Holborn just nearby the informal neighbourhood of St.
Another main place in Camden is the famous British Museum, this huge museum hold many mankind historic treasure of every civilisations. It's aisles are seperated in different thematics covering different civilisations and continents. Of course, critics could claim that these treasures were the result of pillage during the British Empire and they would be right. Despite this fact, the British Museum has a vast collection that will allow you to several hours (as in more than 1 day) of visits, learning and contemplation. The entrance to the museum is free and located in the southern part of Bloomsbury, bordering with Holborn - Seven Dials and Covent Garden.
Except for the British Museum area, which hold large estates with a tiny bit of commercial life, most of Bloomsbury include large academic or business estates.
Tottenham Court Road is definitely where the main (and only) life of Bloomsbury exists. It is a more exciting area to be and some corner will be packed by night (the main reason being that the Northern Line passes beneath the street as well as most of the nightbuses), especially when the partygoers try to catch a ride back to home. There are two main landmark based in Bloomsbury (actually in Fitzrovia) that will help you orientate yourself from many neighbourhood around (and according to Tottenham Court Road).
-Pimrose Hill/Regent's Park-
-Chalk Farm/Swiss Cottage-
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