I used to stay in a boat on the lock
& gently rock to sleep on this canal,
So I know it well. Love the shops esp
round Christmas. It has done well to
rise up out of the ashes of the serious fire nearly 4 years ago.
Great place for gifts all year round
Camden Lock is pretty stressful on a Sunday lunchtime especially when you are carrying your weekend bag but it's worth working your way through to the back where the most exciting stuff is. There are tons of food stalls here - it's a street food rather than a produce market - ranging from your standard crepes, fish and chips and falafal to Polish and Peruvian food, pulled pork, mac n cheese and duck confit. Nearly everything is around the £5 mark which is great value. Also in what must be practically unique in London food markets, there's a small seating area! The location by the canal is also picturesque, and there's a bunch of cute permanent shops for when you get tired of eating. Just don't go if you don't like crowds!
I can't give this place a huge score as it's become largely formulaic. So many stuff is repeated on so many stalls and it's become Camden by numbers. Over 200 years ago I used to live by Chalk Farm tibe and a weekly stroll around Camden was wonderful - it was a REAL market then, with original stuff and you couldn't find the end of the stalls, almost all of which were different. Now it's endless crystals, bongs, witty t-shirts and in my opinion the place has lost its character. I'm scoring 3 stars because Camden is very little compared to how it used to be and many regard it as a victim of its own success. It's still worth going but is too big and too samey for my tastes.
Tourist trap of the highest order. As an ex-resident of the lock I have watched the demise of what was once a great London institution. The stalls and shops, with a few exceptions, sell tat for tourists. Who can blame them the rates have priced all the real traders out. Very busy at weekends. Still a great place to hang out and watch the weird and wonderful go by.
Camden Loch is situated on the Regents Canal. It is one of the busiest market places in London and a favourite haunt of the Hampstead Boho crowd. Amy Winehouse is a regular visitor. The food is wonderful - stalls of food from all over the world - my favourite is Vietnamese! There are also bars and restaurants around. A starbucks naturally, and also a wetherspoons which has really good plain food at good plain prices - probably the cheapest pub food in London! There are also stalls with jewellery and clothes - also an amazing shop called Cyberdog which sells all kind of psychedelic gear.and plays really loud music. Spend the day there - and you'll have to come back again to see the rest. The photographs I have taken show that it is a place of great beauty and interest even if you don't go for the wonderful food and trendy clothes! You can stand on the bridge and watch the barges go through the loch gates and eat your doughnuts, or fudge or curry while doing so! It is open most of the time, but really gets going at the weekends!
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