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
35 Chalk Farm Road
Camden Town, London NW1 8AJ
Northern Line: Chalk Farm, Camden Town
020 7482 7163
M–Th noon–midnight, F–Sa noon–1am, Su noon–11pm
Camden Town / Islington, 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.
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.
Trendy yet quirky types, musicians, and affluent young revelers, 20s and 30s.
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).
Tasty adaptations of English pub classics including sausage and mash, fish and chips, and pies, as well as burgers, salads, and soups.
Appetizers and sides £4.50+, entrées £7+. Beer £3.50+.
Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.