The Lock Tavern

Bar / Live Music Venue / Pub
The Lock Tavern Owned by DJ Jon Carter, Lock Tavern is an illustrious, super-hip Camden pub that hosts some of the best live music and DJ events in London. London England 51.542666 -0.1477938
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The Lock Tavern - Bar | Live Music Venue | Pub in London.
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Party Earth Review Owned by DJ Jon Carter, Lock Tavern is an illustrious, super-hip Camden pub that hosts some of the best live music and DJ events in London. A modern take on the classic pub, the two-level space features wood aplenty, dim... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Northern Line: Chalk Farm, Camden Town

  • Phone:

    020 7482 7163

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th noon–midnight, F–Sa noon–1am, Su noon–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Lock Tavern Review

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Owned by DJ Jon Carter, Lock Tavern is an illustrious, super-hip Camden pub that hosts some of the best live music and DJ events in London.

Owned by DJ Jon Carter, Lock Tavern is an illustrious, super-hip Camden pub that hosts some of the best live music and DJ events in London.

A modern take on the classic pub, the two-level space features wood aplenty, dim lighting, and comfortable leather sofas, but the most impressive part is the two outside areas, one upstairs and one down, both of which offer a generous, semi-sheltered space from which to enjoy the balmy days of summer.

Weekend nights draw a considerable crowd of animated and fun-loving hipsters who show off their dance moves to everything from Japanese pop to dirty funk, which makes for a boisterous and lighthearted atmosphere.

Lock Tavern isn’t all about late-night revelry though – Sunday afternoons are given over to the more laid-back activities of lounging, enjoying a hearty meal, and foot-tapping to an earthier beat.

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Tip from Jonah:

The Lock Tavern has a regulars’ card system that gives frequent visitors a better chance of getting through the door on a weekend night.

When it’s very busy, the bar will only let card holders in. The good news is that you can pop in any time during the week before 5pm to get your own card for free.

  • Crowd

    Trendy yet quirky types, musicians, and affluent young revelers, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs and bands on weekend nights perform everything from dubstep to 80s funk to spoken word poetry. Regular schedule of midweek events (check the website for details).

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Tasty adaptations of English pub classics including sausage and mash, fish and chips, and pies, as well as burgers, salads, and soups.

  • Prices

    Appetizers and sides £4.50+, entrées £7+. Beer £3.50+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.

The Lock Tavern User Reviews

Average rating:
The Tiffany ring amongst impersonators...
Alex R. Apr 22, 2013
When you think of Camden you most likely consider it's vibrant artistic scene that has given us many great artists including Amy Winehouse and even Charles Dickens. You might also consider it's expansive bazaar, the infamous Camden Market where you can get a pair of Ray Ban's for a nifty or a Tiffany ring at a market stall (you see where I'm going here...). The Lock Tavern is the real thing though and somewhere I have been going for years. While its rich wooden decor and the aroma of a butternut squash burger are an allure, it's the cellar and its bohemian atmosphere that makes each visit so special. Hidden just beyond the main stretch of Camden High Street, the Lock Tavern has escaped the cataclysm of pop up bars and chains that have taken over the rest of London. This gives the 'tav' almost a 'speak-easy' vibe that guarantees it's loyal cohorts the best underground shows from sometimes established musicians (often spontaneous I should add) and fine ales in old-style tankards. It might look like an old-fashioned ordinary pub, but you ask yourself how many of them are actually left, and how many would serve an incredible Classic cocktail (if you ask very nicely mind)? I suppose it is the concoction of so many amazing ingredients that make the Lock Tavern what it is, the best Classic you've had and one you'll want you're friends to try.
Great place to boogie on a saturday night!
Jonathan T. Apr 21, 2013
This place is straight-up, no-nonsense good vibes. If you feel like chatting and taking it slow, hang out in the dimly-lit, art nouveau style pub downstairs. But once you've got your dancing shoes on, head to the top floor. Heat rises, and this place gets SWEATY! Wether you're here for one of the legendary hip hop parties or just a regular fun floor-banger filled Saturday night, this place offers great music and a fun crowd that won't allow no dancing! For a quick smoke or a summery sit-down, head to the gardens and balconies. Best thing about this pub: It's free! Get there early enough so you don't have to queue outside (before 22:30) and you're guaranteed good times.
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