Camden Market could be the perfect attraction for anyone planning a visit to London who is on the lookout for something quirky and enjoyable to do during their stay.
Found in one of the most happening and trendy areas of the capital – Camden – the markets offer a vast selection of retail options for guests and are open every day for visitors to enjoy.
Originally opened in 1974 as a small weekly crafts market, the popularity of the event and the wide selection of wares on offer soon saw Camden Market grow into a permanent fixed space, with a number of distinct zones offering different types of goods to visitors.
Today, there are six general sections, each with their own specialities (although there is plenty of overlap):
- Camden Lock Market (arts and crafts)
- Stables Market (clothing and fashion)
- Camden Lock Village (general street sellers)
- Buck Street Market (clothing and fashion)
- Electric Ballroom (quirky fashions, entertainment, vintage vinyl)
- Inverness Street Market (fresh produce, food and drink)
All of the above combine to make up the whole of the stunning attraction that is Camden Market.
Great food and drink to try
Visitors looking for a great bite to eat can do just that during their stay, with everything on offer from traditional bars and restaurants to smaller street food vendors.
Some of the standout establishments providing a wide selection of refreshments to hungry and weary travellers alike include Cookies & Scream – a specialist bakery offering gluten-free and vegan treats – and Honest Burgers, one of London’s best burger venues, offering the chance for visitors to try their famous rosemary-salt fries.
Other top-notch eateries offering delicious dishes from around the world include a taste of Mexico at Cafe Chula, Spanish tapas at Azafran or traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Kim’s Vietnamese Hut.
All the establishments at Camden Market offer outstanding service and visitors can be sure that even the heartiest of appetites will be satisfied during their stay.
Fashion and collectibles
It is not just great food and drink that is on offer at Camden Market though, as the attraction also prides itself on being home to an array of off-the-wall retailers and purveyors of antiques.
Some of the latest fashions can be explored here, with a wide selection of independent retailers showcasing their wares.
Funky Town offers the chance for shoppers to pick up vintage and retro haute couture at an excellent price, while Camden Brawl is a shopping experience inspired by the thriving local boxing scene.
Opened in October 2014, the store is run by two personal trainers – Peter Crimmins and Natasha Nother – with the aim of providing a great place to shop for anyone searching for high-end training gear.
Meanwhile, Yococo offers a unique mix of one-off graphic-printed tees that are sure to be the perfect fashion accessory for those following the latest trends. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when to comes to the wealth of great fashion retailers at Camden Markets.
The arts and collectibles are also well represented, with culture vultures spoilt for choice when it comes to the wide selection of retailers in the area.
Camden Poster Company, Soulbird Art, Old Time Photos, Black Gull Books, The Baggage Room, The Little Gallery, Words and The Frankincense Store are just some of the large number of culture-loving retailers that open daily.
An array of live events
Finally, when guests are all shopped out and are ready to kick back and relax during their visit, Camden Market also offers a large number of regular events, with live music, film screenings, exhibitions, gallery showings and much more to keep visitors of every predilection entertained.
A full list of upcoming events can be found by visiting the Camden Markets website, with regular social gatherings that are sure to keep visitors coming back again and again.
How to find Camden Market
Located in the heart of the bustling London Borough of Camden, Camden Market can be reached via a number of excellent local transport links, as well as by car for those intrepid enough to brave the London traffic to get there.
Camden Town Underground Tube Station on the Northern line is just a few minutes’ walk from the entrance to the markets, while other nearby Tube stations include Chalk Farm and Mornington Crescent.
Overground rail services can be reached by the nearby Camden Road station, while local bus services also drop off visitors throughout the area. More information on times and specific stops can be found by visiting the Transport for London website.