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With our new Urban store landing on the streets of Camden real soon, we thought it would a bloomin’ good idea to get involved with what Camden is all about.
Well, it so happens our Junior Buyer of Books and Stationery, Lizzy Bailey, is a fully fledged Camden cat! We sat down for a chat, and she told us why living there is hella fun. Fantastic…
UO: Hey Lizzy! So tell us about being a Book and Stationary Buyer?
LB: I buy books and stationary! In short this means that I get to choose which items make it to the shelves by soaking up current trends, culture and monitoring sales patterns. I love cherry picking an exclusive range of exciting titles from an ocean of books, still making sure there’s something for everyone.
UO: How long have you been living in Camden?
LB: I’ve been living in Camden for a few years now! I’m originally from Whitstable in Kent and studied Art at Kingston University.
UO: What made you move to this culture crib?
LB: I fell in love with Camden when I was at uni spending all of my time partying, watching bands and drinking Bloody Marys in one of the many pub roof gardens Camden has to offer. I can also walk to work in 25 minutes, right through Regents Park!
UO: What’s the best thing about living there?
LB: It’s a hub of creativity – for music, art, drinking and everything in between! Its also really central and beautiful parks surround it! My favourite is Hampstead Heath where you can swim in the natural Victorian ponds – you will find me there on a hot summers day!
UO: You once lived above a pub, in a flat, without a kitchen!! How did that work?
LB: It had its own vibe about it. It was basically a music venue that hosted a whole bunch of amazing shows and parties. But yeah, the kitchen was a state! I can pretty much recite the menu for every restaurant in Camden.
UO: Loads of famous people like to strut about Camden, have you ever bumped into anyone iconic?
LB: The best was Tom Jones getting ready in our flat before his show! We had no idea he was there!
UO: What are your top 5 favorite things to do in Camden?
LB: I recommend the chicken baguette from Cafe Metro – although it looks like a dirty street vendor its actually amazing food. This little gem is right opposite the new store near Camden Town tube.
Bentos Sushi – need I say more?
The Monarch – a great pub with GREAT food and a late license too! There’s live music every night and they always host great after parties from gigs around Camden.
Hitting up the vintage stalls in the market, the best ones are hard to find but worth the search.
Strolling round the corner to The Cobb Gallery on Royal Collage Street, a brilliant art gallery and studio for young and emerging artists.
UO: Where’s a secret hangout not many people know about (but will when you tell them about it)?
LB: There are loads of hidden gems. Just a short walk to Kentish Town and you’ll find the amazing Flaxon Pootch. This is the salon where I get my hair done, its also an art gallery for local artists and has an amazing party space at the back – every second Thursday of the month they welcome in the new exhibition.
Marathons – it’s not what it used to be at this late night rock n roll kebab shop but it still fills a late night gap.
The Black Cap – gay Cabaret until 4am – it has an amazing roof garden.
Apart from that find yourself at a lock in or a house party for general Camden nonsense.
UO: Do you have any favorite Camden bands you’re listening to at the moment?
LB: Wolf Alice, Fake Club, Tribes and Lois and Lois the Love.
UO: Are you excited about the Urban Outfitters store opening in your hood?
LB: For sure, I’m SUPER excited!!!! For Camden and Urban too!
Get involved in the Camden action by..
Joining the party event on Facebook HERE.
Liking Urban Outfitters Camden on Facebook HERE
Oh, and tweet updates from UOEurope right HERE.
Camden is coming!!