Chalk Farm ( /ˈtʃɔːk/) is a small urban district of northwest London, England immediately north of Camden Town and currently split equally between the electoral wards of Camden Town and Primrose Hill in the south and Haverstock in the north.
The land slopes upwards more steeply to the north-west and abruptly to form a knoll to the south-west which is Primrose Hill. Chalk Farm tube station is the closest underground network station to all parts, the defining criterion. This is true of much of the therefore loosely more Chalk Farm-associated upmarket western residential definition and green (Regents Park definition) of Primrose Hill. The south of the area has regular residents on its broadest definition, capable therefore, of including Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Sienna Miller among the highest-grossing early 21st century 'Camden set' of writers, artists and actors, but equally parts of both wards have some stubborn poverty and a significant minority of their housing is social housing.
Its name was formerly Chalcot when it was a hamlet of the once vast Hornsey parish (centred on a village of the same name). Before the post-1791 development of Camden Town the residents of Primrose Hill, who do not live on the green hill were divided between Hornsey and St Pancras villages. It is in this vein that many residents of Primrose Hill seek alternatives to being considered part of Camden, however under the London Government Act 1963 Camden became the overall name for the borough and a convenient, neutrally loaded term for all inchoate and non-historic districts by being of carefully planned late Georgian, 1791, origin rather than named after the London Underground network which has seen various changes to station names and debatable associations with stations.
Chalk Farm equates to the northern neighbourhood of Camden Town and features many lively pubs, live music venues, and restaurants.
Within immediate reach of the tube station is The Roundhouse, a former circular railway engine turntable shed converted to 360° arts and performance use.
Chalk Farm contains Haverstock School Business & Enterprise College (formerly Haverstock Comprehensive School).
Camden College of English was in Chalk Farm
For over 70 years major bus routes were operated from Chalk Farm bus garage, in Harmood Street, now long gone. Today the long-established route 27 and the newer route 393 both terminate at Chalk Farm. These buses reach opposite destinations outside central London: Chiswick Business Park and Clapton respectively.
Walden Books is a long-established secondhand bookshop located just off Chalk Farm Road.
Being a convenient division ('district') with no formal definition, the maximal definition of Chalk Farm takes in the bulk of two current electoral wards which are set out below, with relevant land use and home ownership statistics from the 2011 census.Primrose Hill (sometimes considered part)
Camden Town (indistinct south-eastern boundary)
Maitland Park (to a great extent considered part, where not associated with Gospel Oak)
St John's Wood (across the green part of Primrose Hill)
Swiss Cottage, South Hampstead
Chalk Farm on the north-south Northern line, Edgware branch.
The nearest London Overground station (east-west) is centred 0.5 miles (0.80 km) east:Kentish Town West