Camden in lockdown: seen through street art

There is no better place to live and work than in London, a city bursting with history, architecture, innovation, culture and green spaces. London is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, and one area that attracts a lot of Instagrammers and photographers is Camden! Our home.

Camden is an edgy, thriving corner of North London that is known for its counter-culture origins. With its eclectic mix of markets, truly international cuisines and live music venues, its unique vibe and array of cultures, Camden has been the perfect base for Principal. London DMC for the last 20 years!

Camden Lock is part of Regent’s Canal, which on a sunny day reflects the mix of traditional and modern architecture that forms the heart of this pulsating area. Set beside the lock, you will find the world-famous Camden Market. Here people from every corner of the globe sell their goods to thousands of tourists and locals that visit the street market-stalls. Outside of the market, Camden’s streets are lined with boutiques, vintage clothes shops and independent cafes, bars and restaurants – whatever your taste, you will find something here to satisfy your appetite.

Reflections of Camden.         Closed to the physical but not forgotten.

If you take a closer look, you will find something else in Camden: vibrant street art that decorates alleyways, walls and shop fronts. Created mostly by local artists, Camden’s street art reflects the vibe and buzz of this extraordinary town and the upbeat mood of its residents.

On a walk around Camden recently, it was noticeable how this street art reflects the testing times we are currently going through:

Life has reduced 90%                            My face when Corona hit..

On a normal day in Camden, the streets would be alive with the voices of street sellers, locals out shopping and tourists from every country of the world who have flocked to here to browse the market and eat in Camden’s array of restaurants. But now the streets are empty, and its people and businesses are inside recovering from the shock that their hometown has had to close – for the time being!

Yet, Camden is a resilient town and even though its residents and businesses may come from different backgrounds, they share a common goal – to breathe life back into Camden again.

We are all in the same boat….     A message in the mess…     Aim high….

The message coming out of Camden’s street art is ‘if we pull together and stand as one, we’ll come out of this stronger than ever and be able to achieve amazing things.’

This is something all of us at Principal. London DMC genuinely believe in. We know that in time we will be back to creating dynamic and innovative events but, in the meantime, we want to continue to plan and share with you our passion for this amazing city and our country.

Stay strong and remember this…..     When everything becomes clear….

This year, Principal London DMC celebrated 26 years in the event business, working with some of our clients for more than 20 years. But whether we have worked with you since our beginnings, or we are only just meeting you now, we will always ensure that we deliver the best possible UK experience for you and your delegates.

While events may be on hold for now – just like life in Camden, our team is not resting. We are brainstorming ideas so that we have a clear vision to be able to spring back into action once London and the UK are open again to welcome back clients from all over the world.

We want to thank Natalia for allowing us to use her photography in this blog. Not only has she captured life in Camden through lockdown perfectly using street art as her artistic inspiration, but she also happens to be our neighbour! Take a look at her Instagram profile for more pictures of our home in North London.

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