Camden Town, one of the hippest and most vibrant parts of London, is a thriving hub of culture, creativity and independent shopping. It has a fantastic, sprawling market which has something for just about everyone and you can pick up a unique gift or something special for yourself to take home to remember your trip to the city.
From above, Camden is second only to Oxford Circus in terms of the sheer volume of people, both locals and visitors, who flock there at the weekend. The market at Camden Lock is a huge draw for those who want to browse, buy and mingle to soak up the local flavour.
Shopping in Camden
Camden Lock is a working lock that sees the passage of narrow boats up and down the Regent’s Canal. The Lock is, however, much more well-known for the market that sits alongside it. The market spills in and out of former warehouses that would have served as storage space for the goods travelling up and down the canal when the waterways were used for more than just leisure.
With a wide range of stalls selling everything from incense sticks to mobile phone covers, it has a whole host of independent vendors from whom you can pick up a bargain. Wander into the Stables Market, former home to the horses for Pickford’s Haulage before carriages were powered by engines, and you’ll find a different bunch of things to see and buy. Antique furniture and home décor rubs shoulders with vintage clothes and accessories in the dimly lit archways where the horses once spent their nights. Whole stables full of vintage fur coats, luggage and steamer trunks with the original shipping tags and costume jewellery from the time when going “up West” would have meant a trip to the music halls are all for sale at a negotiable price.
You won’t find any chain stores or big brands in the whole of Camden Town, so whatever you choose to buy when you’re in the area, you’re guaranteed to have something that’s unique and personal to remind you of your trip.
Eating, drinking and entertainment
Camden has more than its fair share of bars, restaurants and cafes that cater to every taste. If you’re looking for something quick and fresh, there’s an open-air food court with stall-holders offering everything from Ethiopian coffee to Polish Pierogi for a fraction of the cost of the main bars and restaurants.
If it’s a chilly day and you’d rather stay under cover, try one of the pubs and bars that overlook the canal and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle as you watch the world go by. The Lockside Lounge and the Ice Wharf both have indoor and outside seating to let you take advantage of a drink while immersing yourself in the Camden atmosphere.
For entertainment, Camden’s nightlife is second to none. With venues catering for every style of music, comedy and performance, you won’t go short of things to entertain you in the Town. Some of London’s most famous music venues, such as the Electric Ballroom and Camden institution, The Barfly, have a whole host of live events every night of the week with a varied programme of acts to choose from.
Camden Town is a thriving, exciting place to visit on any trip to London. The markets have more than enough of interest to tempt even the most resistant shopper and with a host of bars and restaurants, there is literally something to suit every taste.