London has positioned itself as one of the frontrunners in sustainability with an ambition to be the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle Capital in Europe. They have an impressive and ever-growing electric bus fleet, an increasing number of electric vehicle owners and a widespread charging network. It is time to pay a visit to the home of Big Ben. On this edition, we will take you through the hotspots in Camden Town.
For his new election campaign, London's current mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to set up a £50m fund to reduce emissions in London, by setting the goal to make the city emission-free by 2030. Of course, it’s never wise to trust election campaign pledges, but let’s have a look at what is already in place. And in London, there are some great advantages for EV drivers. First of all, London has established the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in 2019, where high-emission vehicles must pay to drive into Central London. As per 25 October 2021, the ULEZ will expand to the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular roads. Secondly, there are some boroughs (like Westminster) that offer cheaper residential parking for lower-emission cars. Some neighbourhoods have introduced cheaper street parking rates for visiting EV drivers.
As William Shenstone, an 18th-century poet said; “nothing in London is certain but expense”. Luckily, in Camden Town, you can still find places that are relatively affordable compared to the rest of the city. With its great street food, lively music scene, and vintage stalls Camden Town Market is not to be missed. Starting in the seventies with about sixteen traders, it was only open on Sundays. Nowadays, you’ll find hundreds of small businesses all days of the week. We’ve listed some interesting places in Camden for you to visit!
Half Hitch Gin Micro-Distillery & Gin Store
In the 19th century, Camden Town was one of the places for gin distilleries and warehouses. Daily trains packed with gin, left from Camden Town to be distributed all over the world. Though gin wasn’t produced in Camden Town for over fifty years, Half Hitch Gin Micro-Distillery & Gin Store restarted this old Camden Town tradition.
Address: Camden Market Unit 53, West Yard, Camden Lock Pl, London
Closest charger: 60 Castlehaven Road, London
Website: HALF HITCH® Gin
Camden Town Brewery
Did you know in Camden Town you can help out the environment while drinking? At Camden Town Brewery they created a hedgehog hide-away in their beer garden and teamed up with the "British Hedgehog Preservation Society" to raise awareness and donate to the fund. Naturally, you support hibernating hedgehogs by drinking beers. Isn’t that a win-win? But of course, don’t drink and drive!
Address: 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews, Kentish Town, London
Closest charger: (slow) charger; 40 Kelly St, Kentish Town, London
Website: Camden Town Brewery - Home
Temple of Camden
Pay a visit to “At the Temple of Camden” where you’ll find vegan chicken (yes)
Address: 103a Camley St, London N1C 4PF, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Closest charger: 105 Camley Street, Kings Cross (2 slow chargers)
Please note: Overnight parking in Camden Town is limited. Your chances of finding one will increase when you go to King’s Cross or St. Pancras and then take the tube into Camden Town.
Close to St. Pancras there’s the Imperial Hotel The President that has a POD point with 4 chargers.
Closest Charger: 56-60 Guilford St, Bloomsbury, London
Close to King’s Cross there’s another charging station with five slow chargers.
Address: 3 Canal Reach, Kings Cross, London
Sleep like a Pilgrim
Close to Camden Town is the borough of Paddington, where you will find a cute boutique hotel near Paddington Station. Their toiletries are 100% natural, and their Egyptian cotton is organic to give you that extra peace of mind. The Pilgrm is close to Marylebone, Hyde Park, Notting Hill and Bayswater - all within easy walking distance. In this area, there are many charging stations. Please note: the area can be a bit crowded for parking space and the Pilgrm doesn’t offer parking spaces.
Address: 25 London St, Tyburnia, London
Website: The Pilgrm Hotel - Norfolk Square, Paddington, London, UK
Feel like escaping the city buzz? Go beekeeping in Twickenham
Twickenham, an affluent suburban town in south-west London, is known for its more than one hundred years old beekeepers association. Please wear appropriate clothing to keep you safe.
The address: Will be announced when signing up for the course.
Closest charging point: (slow) charger; 26 The Green, Twickenham
Website: Introduction to Beekeeping Course
Where to find your chargers
In the UK Zap-Map works pretty well https://www.zap-map.com/ or otherwise look for Shell Recharge and all other chargers, on the Smoov app.
Please pay attention to where you park. It’s best to use City of London Web Mapping to find out parking tariffs. In some areas, hybrid and electric cars pay less than ICE cars. It depends on the borough, therefore, check thoroughly before you park. There are a few apps (JustPark, ParkMe) that allow you to reserve a parking spot for (usually) up to two hours.
Need a quick charge before you go on your way again? Visit these fast-charging stations with multiple fast chargers (50kW):
● Highbury, Shell Recharge Upper Street, 276 Upper Street
● Paddington, Shell Recharge Westbourne, 223 Harrow Road