Review of Camden Market
Camden Market is a great place to go to buy clothes (latest fashion, home made or ethnic/antique), Jewellery, Furniture, Art or maybe just to grab some street food from the various cuisines on sale.
Camden Market is actually a collection of Markets, originally they all had distinct purposes but now the fine line of which does what has blurred a bit:
- Camden Stables Market – this was the centre for clothes and fashion goods
- Camden Lock Market – this was the original craft market (from 1973)
- Camden Lock Village
- Camden Buck Street Market
- Inverness Street Market
The map below details the locations of the Markets – courtesy of the informative Camdenlock.net site.
History of Camden Market
Camden Lock was originally part of the canal network used to transport goods during the 18th Century. The trains arrived in the 1850′s and this furthered trade and the growth of industries and associated buildings in the area.
The 1950′s all but killed off the canal traffic and motorways reduced the dependence on rail transport for transporting goods.
It was in the 1970′s that the disused buildings were taken over and the original Camden lock market was established. This flourished leading to the establishment of other markets in the area as Camden became famed for alternative goods. A good guide to the history of Camden can be found here.
Highlights of Camden Market
Camden is a great place to visit for many reasons. First of all it has always been a place for people watching, where else can you see spiky haired goths mixed with tight jean wearing Italian tourists.
Camden market has many food stalls offering lots of different types of food for you to try.
Camden is great for buying alternative fashion – check out the futuristic gear at Cyberdog.
Arts and Crafts for Camden are great – if you are looking for a London momento or handmade jewellery or furniture, Camden is the place for you.
The Stables are still undergoing regeneration and they are looking great, don’t forget to check out Camden Proud, this bar is made up in a former ‘horse hospital’, and each ‘room’ is designed differently.
How to get to Camden Market
Getting to Camden Market is easy. Camden Town tube station is on the Northern Line with both the Bank and Charing Cross Branches of the Line passing through it. Chalk Farm is an alternative stop to get off at (1 stop North of Camden Town on the Edgeware Branch) this will allow you to enter Camden Market from the North (against the flow of people traffic). There are a lot of buses passing through Camden Town from the centre. Check the Transport for London Site for accurate travel information and potential disruptions to your journey.
What days is Camden Market Open?
The markets in Camden are pretty much well open every day of the week (& the year except Christmas day!). The best day to visit Camden Market is definitely NOT Sunday! It is so busy it is almost crazy, much better to come on a Saturday instead if you have to visit at a weekend.
Camden Market is just a small part of the attraction of Camden Town with it’s restaurants, bars, clubs, The Roundhouse music venue and it’s proximity to Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill – undoubtably we will try to cover these in later posts.