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Peter Watts from Panoramic Earth guest blogs about capturing Camden in all its glory...
Virtual tours have become something of a passion of mine. These full screen, 360 images offer a great way to explore somewhere before visiting it.
Living in Camden whilst running Panoramic Earth, where the images are linked to maps with local information, has given me the fantastic opportunity of creating a comprehensive virtual tour of Central London.
Camden itself is full of amazing places to visit, and, as any local will know, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Over the last couple of years I have taken about 80 virtual tour images around Camden showing many of the attractions, open spaces and landmarks.
Among some of my favorite places are Camden Lock and Market, always full stalls offering unexpected crafts, jewelry, arts and food from around the world. The markets here are bustling, but being next to the canal it is not too difficult to find some quiet in which to relax and reflect.
Heading west, the canal leads to another favorite, the area around Primrose Hill. While the top of the hill gives stunning views over Central London, Primrose Hill Road offers some great coffee shops and boutiques. You never know who you are going to see wondering around as many famous people, actors and the like live here. When covered in snow, Primrose Hill becomes a major draw, when anything, absolutely anything, is used as a toboggan by locals cascading down the hill.
I love the natural world, and Primrose Hill overlooks London Zoo, home to an amazing array of creatures from all over the world. Whether you are interested in spiders, night-time animals or the famous Komodo Dragon, they are all found here. Next to the zoo is Regents Park, my favourite park in London for the variety of different gardens, open spaces and activities. The park changes throughout the year and the Rose Gardens are delightful in the summer.
The last of my top-visit spots has to be the British Museum, whose famous Great Court has a fantastic glass ceiling. The museum has so much in it that it would take a lifetime to explore and understand fully. Naturally most people head for the Egyptian mummies and the Rosetta Stone, but all the galleries hold something unique and stunning. Visitors to London are truly fortunate as I can think of no other country where all this treasure can be seen for free.
If any local businesses or restaurants wish to be featured on our Camden tour they only need to contact us for details.