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Camberwell is an artistic area of south London, in the London Borough of Southwark. Camberwell is first mentioned in the ancient manuscript called the Doomesday Book, and the name is thought to mean well of the Britons in Celtic. Camberwell has a mixture of attractive period Georgian buildings, and modern purpose built houses and offices. The Salvation Army s impressive William Booth Memorial Training College is a major landmark which was finished in the 1930s. Camberwell has an established artistic population, predominately because world-renowned Goldsmiths Art College is located in the area. Until the onset of the Industrial Revolution, Camberwell was predominately a farming village. Although hit hard in World War II, Camberwell, today, has a bustling community and thriving shopping centre.
Setting up your business here
Camberwell has good transport links with the whole of London, and is conveniently located close to the hubs of Vauxhall and Elephant and Castle, making it a popular location for businesses. The area is well set up for both small and large businesses, with enterprises such as the Camberwell Business Network connecting local businesses to each other, great for networking opportunities. The Camberwell Business Centre has conferencing facilities, and the Camberwell Business Club welcome new members throughout the year. There is a wide variety of businesses already located in this thriving community, including Kristjan Eyjolfsson Fine Jewellery, Eucalytus Clothing Ltd and the Africa Advocacy Foundation.
Things to do in Camberwell
Camberwell has an exciting arts festival every year, where many up and coming artists display their work. The Blue Elephant Theatre is a popular fringe venue with an eclectic programme of shows. Camberwell has a busy high street selling fashions and gifts as well as traditional greengrocers selling fresh fruit and vegetables, and the artisan bakery Margaret s. There are some great places for dining and relaxing after work, including the Crooked Well gastro pub with an extensive wine list and delicious modern menu. Angels and Gypsies is a lively venue attached to the Church Street hotel. Carravagio is an upmarket Italian restaurant perfect for dining with clients, and the Cool Cats Café is a popular lunchtime venue. Camberwell has good links to central London via the Camberwell New Road and is serviced by regular buses.