Camden: A Short Guide
Situated to the north of Westminster and the historic City of London, the borough of Camden encompasses part of Highgate, Hampstead West, Hampstead, Kentish Town, Camden Town, part of Kilburn, Somers Town, St Pancras, Bloomsbury and Holborn. Home to bustling street markets, world famous music venues and a handful of tourist hotspots, Camden is a thriving and ever-expanding borough.
The history of Camden
Combining the metropolitan areas of Hampstead, Holborn and St Pancras, Camden was named after Camden Town which originally gained its name from Charles Pratt, 1st Earl of Camden in 1795. The earliest settlement was known to be on the high lands of Hampstead Heath, dating all the way back to 7000 BC. For many centuries, the area was heavily populated with forests and open spaces — nothing like the concrete jungle it is now.
Landmarks and culture
Some of London’s most visited attractions are in the vicinity of Camden, including The British Museum, The British Library, London Zoo, the BT Tower, and the Roundhouse, where the likes of David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Amy Winehouse have performed.
Camden market is a popular spot for visitors all year round, boasting a variety of different food stalls and independent businesses, as well as high street stores. The borough is artistic, bohemian, and loved by many. There’s also plenty of green spaces, such as Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath and part of Regent’s Park, all of which create significant amounts of waste for Bywaters to collect, sort and recycle.
The borough has many notable places of interest, including over 5,000 listed buildings and 36 designated conservation areas. It’s been a residential borough since the 1790s, but the development of the Grand Union Canal and improved railway lines has turned it into a bustling, richly cultured location for residents and tourists.
A cultural hub
This area has a long history of multi-ethnicity, welcoming people from all over the world, including Greek, Italian, and Irish nationalities. The London borough is currently home to over 279,500 people, with ethnic groups making up one fifth of the population.
Camden’s cultural and commercial land use in the south vividly contrasts the busy, mixed-use districts of Camden Town and Kentish Town located in the centre, as well as the leafy residential areas around Hampstead Heath which covers 681 acres of land. It’s a hugely diverse borough, reaching from Covent Garden to Euston, and Kings Cross to Hampstead.
As of 2020, there were 36,805 businesses registered in Camden, with a 2% increase from 2019. This is the second-highest number of companies in London after Westminster. Alongside many restaurants and places of interest, the borough’s largest industrial sectors are professional, scientific and technical enterprises, with many businesses in highly skilled, high-value parts of the economy, such as law, management consultancy and advertising. Frequently visited by both tourists and residents, large volumes of waste are generated yearly as a result.
Consequently, as the borough expands, Bywaters will face more waste management responsibilities and challenges in order to sustainably manage and dispose of commercial waste in Camden. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a small capacity music venue or a massive office complex, we can offer the right waste solution for your needs.