On December 6th 2018 at Camden Collective, we celebrated the best of Camden and Euston’s local independent businesses whose every day jobs are to offer a unique service, attract new customers and stand out from the crowd. It’s not easy, but what they do makes our towns the special places they are.

Running your own business in London means high rents and a hugely competitive market. But every day, these business owners continue to astound us with their commitment, innovation and fresh ideas.

Putting it to the public vote, we asked you to show your appreciation. We had an amazing 6,000 votes this year and we only hope to double this in 2019!

Thank you to everyone who voted, came to celebrate the creative vision and inhabitants of Camden, and showed your fave locals the love that they deserve! Hold tight for 2019’s Camden Inspire awards…it’s only going to get bigger and better.

Our 2018 winners…

Best Music Venue: The Roundhouse and The Jazz Café

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Most Vibrant Retail: Mega City Comics

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Best Eating Experience: Kim’s Vietnamese

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Best Newcomer: Hygge Pygge Café

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Best Arts and Cultural Venue: Camden Image Gallery

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Star Market Trader: Modfather Clothing Company

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The Party…

We were also joined by the Camden Youth Theatre, a joint venture by Camden People’s Theatre and New Diorama Theatre aimed at introducing local young people to experimental theatre. We were mesmerised by their energy, incredible voices and creative choreography.

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Alongside this, we had David Tovey’s hard-hitting, socially charged and beautiful artworks on display, raising awareness of important social and cultural issues such as homelessness and drug abuse.

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Jasmine Pradissitto’s sculptures were also on display — the face behind Euston Town BID’s public art proposal for Camden People’s Theatre as part of the Euston Green Link. Jasmine is a sculptor and quantum physicist. She combines science and art to convey powerful public messages about damage to the environment and our overuse of harmful materials like plastic.

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We also launched our #HumansofCamden project, a collection of quotes and photographs from people throughout Camden and Euston, celebrating its rich and vibrant identity, diversity and history. Keep an eye out on our social media pages to read these for yourselves.

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Not forgetting…the wonderful food and drink of the evening! A massive thanks to Camden Town Brewery for providing beers for the evening and Guinea Fowler’s who provided delicious buttermilk fried guinea fowl. Shoutout to these wonderful local businesses!

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