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Published August 15th 2012
The Camden Eye could just as feasibly be called 'The Camden Heart' as it sits in the pulsating, arterial heart of Camden Town. Stumble out of Camden Town tube station, across that death trap of a junction towards the Underworld, and there it is on your left, sitting proudly on the corner of Kentish Town Road and Camden Road.
The interior of The Camden Eye is a masterclass in using all the available space; the odd triangular shape given to the building by its position at the apex of a corner is filled by scattered tables and chairs and is underpinned with a well stocked bar at one end, giving the place the feel of a traditional London pub.
Of course this available space is made to magically disappear on Friday and Saturday nights when the place suddenly becomes packed. On nights like these, the Camden Eye is the heart and soul of vibrant Camden Town, with friendly patrons swilling highly recommended Brooklyn Lager, Belle Combe Ventoux rose wine and everything else in between.
Those in search of some space can head upstairs to the superbly titled Kissing Room, although on a weekend this is likely to be just as packed as downstairs. Your best bet is to find a place to stand and soak up the atmosphere.
And when you're at a loose end for something to do on a Sunday, why not swing by and sample what are reportedly the best fish and chips in Camden for £12.50? This is hangover food par excellence and yet another string to The Camden Eye's already impressive bow.