Camden Head

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The Camden Head, London
The Camden Head from the High Street.jpg
Camden Head from the front
AddressCamden High Street
London, N1
United Kingdom
Coordinates51°32′14″N 0°08′28″W / 51.53730°N 0.14112°W / 51.53730; -0.14112Coordinates: 51°32′14″N 0°08′28″W / 51.53730°N 0.14112°W / 51.53730; -0.14112
Public transitLondon Underground Camden Town
OwnerCamden Bars
Capacity300 standing, 60 seated
Built1787; 232 years ago (1787)

The Camden Head is one of the oldest pubs in Camden, London, England having been established in 1787. It is also a former music venue and hosts comedy events.


The Camden Head on Camden High Street is a public house and live venue which first opened towards the end of the 19th century, and has undergone several name changes: it was briefly known as "Liberties" for a period of a few years, before changing back to its former name, Camden Head, which is listed as a registered public house as far back as 1869 - run by then-publican George Soole.[1]

Photos of The Camden Head on the High Street, taken nearly 110 years apart
Camden Head in 1903
Camden Head in 1903
Camden Head in 2012

Nowadays, it is known for its local pub atmosphere and comedy venue, which has seen comedians such as Alan Carr, Stephen Merchant, Lee Kern and Bob Mortimer perform. It is not to be confused with The Camden Head in Islington, which is situated on Camden Passage.


The Camden Head's architecture has changed little since its establishment in the 19th century, and testament to that exists in the form of a photo, dated 1903, which shows the building's appearance and similarity to that of the modern-day building. A copy of this photo can be found hanging in The Camden Head pub itself, and is archived at the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre Catalogue[2]

Notable events[edit]

The Camden Head was an official venue of the yearly festival Camden Crawl.[3] It is a regular venue in the annual Camden Fringe where, in 2011, Richard Tyrone Jones performed.[4][5]

Synthpop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, originally from Camden, shot their video for Dance The Way I Feel upstairs in the Camden Head.[citation needed]

Camden Comedy Club[edit]

In September 2014, the pub relaunched its upstairs venue as Camden Comedy Club.


  1. ^ "UK Pubs and Public Houses Redirect".
  2. ^ Archived 7 June 2012 at Wikiwix Camden Local Studies & Archives centre catalogue
  3. ^ "The Camden Crawl 2012 - 4 - 6 May 2012". Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  4. ^ Josh Loeb (29 July 2010), "Camden Fringe is upon us", West End Extra, archived from the original on 10 March 2014, retrieved 10 June 2012
  5. ^ Bella Todd (26 July 2011), Live Art: Camden Fringe

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