Camden Council has a consultation open at the moment regarding the future direction of licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). An HMO is a shared home, including house & flat shares, student homes, bedsits and some buildings converted into flats.
The Council has an existing licensing scheme for private landlords, and the aim is to improve the quality of homes in private rental. The existing scheme finishes in December 2020, and the Council wants feedback before starting a new system (or extending the existing system).
Everyone has heard of the Roundhouse – a Camden landmark, where many great musical acts have played over the years.
Inside, it has a distinctive shape, and gives everyone a good view of the performers and allows flexible fitout for different types of show, from circus performers, to rock bands, to theatre performances.
The Roundhouse was built in 1846 as a place for trains to be turned around, and the tracks can still be seen in the floor. The building was from a design by Robert Stephenson, son of George Stephenson (of “Stephenson’s ‘Rocket'” fame).
After only about 10 years the trains got too long, so it stopped being used as a turntable engine shed. In 1871 it started to be used by local wine & gin merchants W & A Gilbey as a warehouse (you can still buy Gilbey’s Gin – the distillery used to stand on the site of Gilbey’s Yard near Morrison’s supermarket).