The Constitution is most famous for its basement live music bar and fantastic beer garden overlooking the canal, making it a real all-weather winner.
The Constitution is tucked away from the main thoroughfare of Camden, beside the canal. This allows it to make the most of its best feature – a large canalside beer garden that, despite its out-of-the-way-location, is still regularly full to bursting on a hot summer’s evening. Inside, the pub is pleasant enough, if rather traditional, with swathes of wood and a large central bar, but it’s the cellar bar that is the star of the show. Down here you’ll find a cosy stage for regular live music events – it’s suitably grungy without being too grimy.
On a rare sunny London day the beer garden at The Constitution has a typically upbeat, happy atmosphere as Londoners really make the most of the sunshine. Pints are drunk by the bucket load as people desperately try to enjoy what is sure to be a short-lived glimpse of summer. The rest of the time, the live music that plays downstairs covers a huge range of genres, from blues and classical to rock, jazz and ska, so there really is something for everyone – just be sure to check ahead of time so you don’t get a ‘nasty’ surprise that isn’t to your taste.
Three letters: BBQ. A weather-permitting barbecue is in operation in the comfortable beer garden and you can sample homemade burgers or halloumi wraps at a Camden-worthy bargain price, all dishes under £6. The BBQ operates on weeknights and across the weekend.
The Constitution has three pumps offering real ale at any one time and they support the local Camden Brewery. Other regulars include Deuchers and Broadside beer and they clearly ensure pipes are very well looked after – often a complaint in this part of town.
The Last Word
The Constitution is a great all-rounder that is especially worth a visit on a hot summer’s day.