A few Sundays ago I found myself paying a visit to in one of London’s growing town attractions in Camden.
My original intention behind hitting up Camden was to do a photo shoot with a freelancer I met over on Facebook.
Unfortunately it didn’t end up happening so I spent my extra free time window shopping around the area. It was convenient as I had always wanted to explore Camden and London street markets more and really only had the chance to do that if I was working or passing by.
Camden is a vibe. A strong one. There are plenty of shops, markets, restaurants and bars to keep you entertained and busy for a whole afternoon. It’s got fantastic graffiti art all around so those looking to plug their instagram or others socials with fresh new pics you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re a tourist in London and into the high-street experience of cities then Camden is a great place to be able to get that experience.
Buck Street Market
The first market I visited, and you cannot miss it with a naked eye, was the Buck Street Market or “The Cages” going by its nickname.
Buck Street market is the joint closest one to the Camden Town underground station along with Inverness Street market, which is opposite Buck Street market.
It was literally like being in a maze once I stepped in there. I decided to prep for the winter season and look for a hoodie to buy. I was torn between getting a Supreme hoodie and a Anti Social Social Club hoodie. Either I wanted something trendy for once! I ended up going with the Supreme hoodie which I bought for only £13 after a bit of hustling with the shop keepers. I was like “We’ll shut up and you can take my money now”!
There are plans to reinnovate the market area as part of a site container scheme to modernise the Camden area so unfortunately Buck Street makret will soon be temporarily closing. It made my timing to visit Camden even better!
Fun Tip: Go to the markets at the end of the working day and hustle! Quite a few market and shop owners are willing to sell their stuff at a discounted price to try and make quick profit at the end.
Camden Lock Market
Home to art and craft goods in Camden is the Camden Lock market. It’s one of London’s most renowned market and started out as a small area of over 15 stalls 48 years ago.
Now there’s two floors packed with stalls: Lower Market Hall and Upper Market Hall – full of crafts, jewellers, antiques and a magic tricks stall that nearly scared a kid to death :p
To sound a teeny bit sensationalist it also captures London’s multiculturalism all in one space. There’s a big food palace too when you come out of the entrance/exit Honest Burgers is conveniently located at. In Camden Lock you’ve got food, tastes and flavours ranging from Mexican, Thai, Chinese to Ice Cream parlours and even a vegan-only food stall.
Some of the chefs even provide free samples to lure in for a purchase so make the most of the free food.
Fun Fact: There’s no such thing as Camden Lock. It got its name from three double locks being constructed for Regents Canal in the beginning of the 19th century.
Camden Stables Market
Through the alleyway of food stalls in Camden Lock market space you’ll find Camden Stables market.
It’s the most vintage market of them all and also the biggest market out of the markets in the area. Much like the Camden Lock market it’s populated with craft, fashion and jewellers businesses.
Named Camden Stables due to the place previously being stables for horses to live in – until it had to be demolished and make way for the market that’s here today. Alternatively it is known as Horse Tunnel market for similar reasons.
Final Word (& Rating)
Channeling my inner travel connoisseur I’m going to rate my afternoon in Camden:
Rating out of 10: 8.5/10
The whole market experience was kinda like a throwback to my shopping days with my mum in my early childhood. I enjoyed going around Camden with more freedom this time and I even managed to secure a few bargains. But I would’ve loved to get that photo shoot done and for the weather to have been better!
I’ve low-key got a London market bucket list so I’m looking to complete so keep a close eye for more of these posts. Camden Town is just the first ticked off!
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Till next time – peace 😉
Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures