Proud Camden – The Stable of Music Lovers

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Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.

Photograph by Mike Peel

Photograph by Mike Peel

If you are searching for a taste of London’s counter culture, look no further than Camden Town.  For nearly half a century this neighborhood has served as a hub for alternative groups.  Whether it be punk, goth, hippie or emo, there are vibrant clothing store and live music venues for every community in the many markets that make up this colorful part of town.

I have always cherished the times I spent in Camden Town thanks to the shops and the music scene, but somehow amidst all the glitz and glamour of the scene, I missed the most important fact about this hopping neighborhood.  Before it was home to modern alternative communities of all sorts, it housed – you guessed it – horses!  The hundreds of horses that worked as local transport for the railroads lived and worked in Camden Town.

Even today the largest retail area is still called Stables Market.  And, during the most recent restoration, huge bronze horse sculptures and reliefs were added to the market in honor of theses horses’ service.  Here are just few of the sights you can expect to see at Camden’s Stable Market.  If you’d like to view even more the statues while brushing up on your history head over here.

Photos from WikiCommons

Photos from WikiCommons

Proud Camden Stable For HireAs you make your way through Stable Markets, you will soon find yourself face-to-face with one of its greatest features – the 200-year-old Grade II Listed Horse Hospital.  But don’t be surprised if you hear the tunes of up and coming artists and top acts emanating from this place rather than the hums and beeps of veterinarians at work these days.  This Horse Hospital is now home to Proud Camden, a stunning restaurant, bar, gallery and live music venue.

Proud Camden painstakingly restored the Horse Hospital, keeping the original infrastructure, while making all the necessary accommodations for it’s new party-going occupants.  Perhaps the coolest adaptation is the venue’s central walkway, which is still lined with stalls that have been updated to serve as private group seating areas.  Each of the seven stalls is named for a famous racehorse, like Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and Man o’ War, and features its own amenities and décor.

Just get a load of these stables!  Imagine your horse living here.

Proud Camden Entryway

The Stalls at Proud Camden_edited

Photos from Proud Camden

If your horse did live at Proud Camden, he would also be treated to the sounds of some spectacular DJs and artists.  The impressive list of past performers includes Florence and the Machine, The Stereophonics, Amy Winehouse, The Arctic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, Ed Sheeran, The Libertines, Razorlight, Black Lips and Manchester Orchestra just to name a few.

What a treat it must be to simultaneously surround yourself with authentic equestrian décor, alternative culture, and amazing music all in one venue.  A magical night like this is not to be missed!

Photography By Morgan O'Donovan

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