Camden Market

Shopping , Street vendors Camden Town
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Camden’s sprawling collection of markets offers a real smörgåsbord of street culture. Wander past loitering goths and punks to join the throng of tourists, locals and random celebs fighting it out at the vast and varied selection of shops and stalls. Saturdays are not for the faint-hearted – crowds craving lava lamps, skull rings, fashion, interiors, music and vintage swarm about. To avoid the rough and tumble visit on a weekday, though weekends are better for variety and atmosphere. Camden Market proper (on the junction with Buck Street) is the place for cheapo jeans, T-shirts and accessories and the same goes for Canal Market, now happily reopened after being destroyed by a fire in February 2008. Down the road, a multimillion-pound redevelopment project is in the midst of transforming the once boho Stables Market into something a little more sterile. Still, vintage threads can still be found here alongside crafts, antiques and the now-sprawling Proud gallery and bar. Next door at the pleasant, waterside Camden Lock you’ll find everything from corsets and children’s clothes to Japanese tableware and multicultural food stalls.

Venue name: Camden Market
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Address: Camden High St
(junction with Buck St)
London
NW1 8NJ
Opening hours: 10am-5.30pm Thur-Sun
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
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Rellie Loves
Tastemaker

work in the area, so I have a love-hate relationship with Camden Town in general. If it wasn’t for the millions of snail-paced oblivious tourists hogging the streets, intoxicated homeless folk begging for change, excited school kids crowding the market during half-term and the countless amateur photographers lining up against the Lock Bridge with their Nikons, it may just be bearable. If you’re a newbie to London or just visiting, it’s one those iconic places to visit. The Stables Market itself which is spread across outdoor and canvassed market stalls is crammed with all manner of overpriced street food vendors, indie shops, antique stalls, vintage knick-knacks, record shops, independent artists and cheap printed tees. West Yard is strictly food and drink is marginally more appealing. Of course, Camden wouldn’t be complete without the tourist trap souvenirs shops selling overpriced British flags and gothic costume shops for the rebellious fashionistas. I would recommend you stay away from the Chinese food stalls selling bright orange fried food and shoving it your face as you try to meander through the crowds. You’ll find a few nicer places to graze though – like Honest Burger or La Tua Pasta. Gilgamesh and Shaka Zulu are classier options although somewhat out of place. If you’re looking for a simple liquid lunch with a view, Weatherspoon’s by the Lock is a fail-safe option.

 

Tom Bruce
Tastemaker

Camden Town is at the heart of all that is weird and wonderful about London. The market place, which has more knock off clothing stalls than you can shake a stick at (a glow-stick, if you've just come from a Cyber Dog rave), is best known for its variety of counter culture trinkets and accessories. Goths, Punks, and Steampunks gather here to trade pennies they stole from buskers in exchange for bangles and clothes patches and other such knick-knack attire. 


Drugs are a big one at Camden market, but there are separate, special sites for those kinds of reviews. Luckily, the paraphernalia is all legal to sell, so you can pick up bongs, pipes, grinders, snorters, and mushroom drying kits to whet your substance-dependent appetite. A forty year old English guy with dreadlocks might try to sell you a yo-yo. It's just the Camden way.


Quality clothes, furniture, and fashionable antiques wares can be found in some of the more upscale permanent shops in Camden, close to the bridge above the canal, in and around the Stables market. The Camden Town tube side is mostly junk and junkies but has a rebellious charm to it regardless. 

Nazreen O

I love Camden Market. This is the market of teenage dreams. A little rebellious spirit in every stall, incredible food and pulsing music from a hippie store. You'll find so many incredible delights. It always feels like a treasure hunt when i step into Camden Market. GO! #TOT

Victoria A

Like the Camden Market. Always busy and so much to see and buy. A fantastic place to visit.