Chalk Farm Area Guide
Its name, deceptively rural, derives from the name of the village on its site, Chalcot. These days it absorbs the spread from Camden Town and has many lively pubs, live music venues, and restaurants. Within London it is best known as the site of The Roundhouse, a former circular railway engine turntable shed which opened in 1847 and was hailed as a marvellous feat of civil engineering. However it only served as a repair and maintenance shed for less than two decades before the rapid evolution of railway technology rendered it obsolete. By the 1860s, engines were too long for the turntable. The building was subsequently converted for arts and performance use.
The nearest London Underground station is Chalk Farm on the Northern line Edgware branch. The nearest London Overground stations are Camden Road and Kentish Town West.