Today the Ham&High is taking a look back at some of the pubs that have been lost in an area of north London well-known for its nightlife.

The Lost Pubs Project has archived the decline of English pubs at its website, including those in Camden that have closed their doors.

Here are four pubs in the area that have been lost over the past decade.

The Black Cap


Ham & High: The pub in Camden High Street closed in April 2015 The pub in Camden High Street closed in April 2015 (Image: Google)

Perhaps one of the most famous lost pubs in Camden, The Black Cap was well-known for its drag cabaret. 

With a history dating back to the 18th Century, the pub in Camden High Street closed in April 2015 after a planning application submitted by its owners to replace the first floor bar with flats was rejected.

Paul O’Grady was well known for performing as his drag act persona Lily Savage at The Black Cap in the 1970s.

After a community campaign, various plans have been submitted in recent years to reopen the venue in some capacity, but there is no indication at the moment that this will be achieved any time soon.

The Unicorn


Ham & High: The Unicorn served its last pint in March 2020The Unicorn served its last pint in March 2020 (Image: Google)

One of the victims of the first Covid lockdown, The Unicorn, served its last pint in March 2020.

The venue in Camden Road, previously known as The Brecknock Arms, often hosted performances from punk, rock and metal artists.

A planning application was submitted to Camden Council in November 2022 to redevelop the venue.

Proposals included reopening the pub, while creating flats on the upper floors with commercial space attached below.

The Bree Louise


Ham & High: The Bree Louise, then and nowThe Bree Louise, then and now (Image: Google)

Previously known as Jolly Gardeners, the pub closed in 2018 to make way for the HS2 line to Euston.

The Bree Louise has since been demolished, despite the fact Government has failed to confirm the high speed line will make it all the way to Euston.

Earlier this year, the pub’s former landlord Craig Douglas told the Daily Mail, that it was “soul-destroying” that HS2 now might not reach the area.

The Victoria


Ham & High: The Victoria, then and nowThe Victoria, then and now (Image: Google)

The pub in Mornington Terrace was closed in 2013 to make way for a residential development.

Planning permission for seven flats to be built at the premises were approved by Camden Council in April 2013.

In 2014, the Evening Standard reported that at least 20 squatters had occupied the pub. Pictures from 2018 showed that the pub had since been converted into a number of flats.