I look forward to visiting Camden Lock Markets like a kid on Christmas. It's my freakin' DisneyLand. Bring 100's of pounds for shopping sprees, or no money at all and just window shop/people watch.
Some tips for shopping the market:
Bring comfy walking shoes. Space for sitting, even at cafes, is sparse.
A small bag to carry over your shoulder is best - it stops you from overspending, and the isles in some areas are extremely narrow, you don't want to knock stuff over with a bookbag.
Keep your camera in your hand - many places don't allow you to take pics, but for the places that do, you don't want to have to fumble around. Also, the people watching can be so incredibly entertaining you will want to have photos to show the folks back home.
A small umbrella is the only way to fight the intermittent showers and get through the outdoor market stalls. A big umbrella won't even fit between some stalls.
Keep your wits about you. Theft is high in the area, and with so many people packed in one space, it could be easy for you to get pickpocketed.
Have fun, look around, and by all means, take pictures!
i really just come here to window shop, though the people selling things will try really hard to make you buy things, though that's fine if you know how to handle it and just say no! you could end up spending a lot of money otherwise!!
it has a great atmosphere.
Ahhh Camden Market, I love thee. With all of your little eccentricities and pot smoking punks and scary looking chinese stands. You're all sorts of fun indeed.
My favourite bit of you is the stables. with all of your little cobbled streets and thing to get lost in, plus there's the lovely Proud Galleries as well which is always fun.
I can find anything I want in Camden market, and sometimes it's expensive, other times you get a bargain, but there is nothing, nothing, you couldn't buy here.
Located over several streets of Camden this is the fourth most popular attraction for tourists in London and the largest street market. the market is made up of several markets which include Camden Lock Market, Camden Stables Market, Camden Canal Market, Inverness Street Market, and Camden (Buck Street) Market.
This is a really cool place not only to shop but to people watch as well Gothics, space monkey, ravers, punks, hippies there isn't a genre that doesn't seem to get represented in this colorful part of town.
The market has great second hand, vintage, handmade wears, army surplus stores which are such a laugh we spend the better part of 2 hours trying on old WW2 gear, gas masks and stuff and not just British stuff a whole range of European armies get represented here.
If your a raver you must check out Cyber Dog!!! a Huge pystrance cavern full of light reflecting fashion and ear pounding trance- it almost feels like a club itself at times.
I only got to spend half and day here which I felt wasn't nearly enough make sure you wear good walking shoes and bring lots of money
Another London landmark that is worth a visit.
According to most, it has lost some of the charm (and the good vintage purchases) of its' heyday back in the 90's, now home to emo/punk stalls all selling the same style of logo-ed tshirts and fluro wristbands. HOWEVER, it is still worth a wander around and you really can find some interesting things to purchase and some decent prices!
Plenty of cheap take away food places if you get hungry for a pizza slice, and a couple of pubs on the corners of the High st if you fancy a quick pint!
The stall holders are nice and friendly, and one kind man even warned me to keep my bag tight as pick-pockets in the area are rife - a word of advice to all!
Avoid rainy days though, as there isn't much shelter.
I really love Camden. It is fun and full of great crap. I say crap in the nicest way because anything you buy, you never set out specifically for.. like wow I love my elephant shaped lamp or I always wanted a bong shaped like a pasty.
Just weird fun stuff and mixed in are souvineer shops with crazy shirts, scarves, shoes, leather and everything you need to make your flat a little more bohemian. You can also get pierced, tattooed, hung drawn and quarted.. the lot. The shops are endless and very close to the tube. You can easily spend hours here shopping or just browsing. Prices are reasonable and some places will negotiate with you especially if you are hot and have a nice rack.
There are also a lot of great places to eat in the food alley where you are heckled and practically have food samples thrown at you. The food is good, plentiful and you can get a big bowl of anything with a drink for less than a fiver.
I would definitely recommend this place and bring all my visitors here.
There may have been a fire about six months ago but Camden Market is still going strong. Except for a few shut up stalls the market is still open.
I love the liveliness around Camden Lock Market, and I do appreciate those wine bars and cafes nearby! Such a nice and civilised thing to stretch your legs out under a table with a cool glass of white in your hand!
Pick your time well, there could be rather too many tourists around at the height of summer. First thing in the morning is best for quick shopping, even shortly before Christmas!
The Eden for shopping aholic, good for vintage and clothes: you have to visit for about 3 hours.
My drem is to work in my own little shop.
The best place in London to relax and enjoy time as a Sunday between good friends.
People are just easy and respectful. if you like mixed atmosphere, nationalities and fashion, you will be keen on this place.
You will find some vintage clothes, second-hand articles, take away food, coffee
Streets are just unique in their decor, and shops funny.
How can anyone not love camden market
my favourate place in london? maybe!
different shops colours pattens smells!
everything! i go christmas shopping here and every present i get in original from lovely wooden carvings, crystal emory boards, vintage shoes.
lots of up and coming designers sell jewallary here
and there is something for everyone
camden market is amazing but watch out as lots of shops have the same items but for different prices! and dont be afraid to haggle you can usually win! everything i buy from camden i have at least haggled a few quid off!
and when you go to the food court (lots of chinese food stalls)
the stalls will keep offering you bits here such as chickenballs, or some egg fried rice! walk up and down that ally a few times and you could blag a whole meal!
if you have never visited Camden..go now!
One of London's most popular tourist attractions and it's not hard to see why. Plenty to see and a great variety of food on sale. Like all markets there's more tat than quality but after a few visits you'll know the best places to go.
It is thronged with people at weekends and Camden Town tube station can be a nightmare to get through. Your best bet is to get off at Chalk Farm station instead.
Camden Market is a market for all ages. However, if you are a family with young children, I would advise against the use of a buggy. Its too busy, too bumpy and too small in places. Use a baby carrier instead. Parking can be had on the street but its not abundant and you will have to pay.
There are a lot more cafes, bars and restuarants than there used to be, which is good if you want to sit down somewhere.
The food sold on the stalls is lovely and you can take a gastronomic trip around the world via Camden market.
There is lots to buy and lots to look at. Its the type of place I can go and not put my hand in my pocket, but feel like I've had a great day out. I love the Horse market!
Don't forget to walk over the bridge and watch the canal boats.
This place is an alternative fashionista's DREAM. It's LOADED with clothes & accessories from gothic to punk to cute anime type stuff!!!
Take the tube to Camden & just start walking & exploring the different markets and shops. The goods are all over!! The fun ends at 6pm though so you better get there early! :)
Go any day of the week its just as good & if you're worried about the tragic fire putting an end to the market, it didn't.
This is a must see when visiting london. It has such a mix of goods that it will please any one. It has cheap goods, expensive goods, well made goods and bric a brac! There are food places including cafes, sweets, buns and cakes, full on meals such as thai and chinese - and there are crepes!!! :)
It really is a shoppers paradise.
I once visited camden to pick up some cheap gear and left with a vivien westwood corset that was worth £800. I have since sold it and lets just say i made a tidy profit!!!
Very much worth a visit even if you are not planning on buying anything!
Camden market is fabulous for everyone. Full of a HUGE variety of stores/shops/stalls, you can literally find everything there. I'd avoid it on a Sunday, as not only is that when it's the most crowded, but the Tube station becomes exit-only in the afternoon, making it a long walk to Mornington Crescent to get home!
In the central part of the market near the lock are loads of food stands offering from Ethiopian to Argentinian to Japanese food for you to eat. Love it.
Imagine a musical with the most extravagant characters and costumers representing the multiculturalism of the 21st century and you will begin to understand Camden Town.
The Market is not really one market, but rather an array of markets and shops spread throughout Camden which are everything but conventional shopping. If you are not young or open-minded, or both, do not even consider Camden as a destination. The market has stalls which sell PVC clothing, unique fashion, weird gadgets, alternative medicine and cosmetics, erotic merchandise, food you may have not seen before and many other things that are beyond description.
Camden Town is a must see for anyone looking for a little adventure and something unique!
Camden Market is great for alternative fashion, shoes and gifts, and it is possible to find pretty much anything amongst the many stalls available here.
It does get very crowded in the daytime, which isn't good if you're claustrophobic, and it is possible to get a bit lost once you're in the midst of the place, but it is part of a very fun shopping experience.
There's also a wide range of food stalls available, from chinese takeaway to crepes to the traditional burgers and chips.
A veritable maze of markets, selling everything from obscure hand-art crafts to the latest music - a good place for a browse on a Sunday afternoon when you want to feel apart from the crowd by joining another crowd!
I went to london for 4 days and it was the best place I visited. I loved the athmosphere. You will find everything you want (clothes, food,tatoo shop). It remind me the souk of marakesh. All the stuff you will find is really cheap and clothes are really nice.
Camden market has everything you might want, and nothing you might want at the same time - depending on your taste. You can literally buy anything here, from old leather suitcases and 20 ft long pub mirrors to leather thongs and glowing bongs. A lot of the goods are studenty - Bob Marley posters, grungy clothing, leather jackets etc - but the sheer vastness and array of goods on offer make it worth a visit.
The cheap clothing stalls leave me cold but the stables area is as close to a souk as we get in the UK & should be your ultimate destination when in NW1. Quality, not necessarily cheap, stuff with an individual twist is what you should be after though the people watching comes a close second and a stroll along the canal & up Primrose Hill a good third. There are a ton of fantastic food stands & be sure to look out for the great choice in Gastro Pubs too. I love the vibe, the architecture and the unexpected finds though, as The Sussex Idler, I have to say that it comes only second to Brighton's North Laine in the quirky retail stakes................
Some great clothes and bags down this road's section of the market.
Walking around Camden markets is entertainment personified. With the variety of people, styles and things to be found here you can't get bored. On top of the entertainment value, you can shop to your heart's delight on anything from punk accessories to eastern décor to vintage clothing. Stretching from the main market just north of the Camden station, there are markets all the way up Camden High Road to the Stables. There is take-away from every country, so you can't go hungry. There is bars for every taste, so you can't go thirsty. And there are stalls of every variety and description. Add that to the constant entertainment value and whatever you purchase will seem a bargain!
Great market with a huge variety of goods! From clothes to food to presents for your loved ones your bound to find what you want and a lot more so make sure you bring plently of cash!
I love this place!!! Its not your ordinary london place. This is more like being on holiday. the food vendors are great, even allowing you to taste food before you buy it. A great place to spend a day and even better at night. I highly recommend this place. A great place to show friends around. Even better if you know your way around. You can impress girls by knowing what shops sell what. A very arty place with great culture. I would love to live here!!!
Oh, i like Camden and its atmosphere. But most of the market-shops are selling imported stuff from China, so they are not very unique. The best of the markets is definitely the Stables Market. Some vintage stuff available.
Possibly Camden's major attraction is the large weekend market. It's actually open every day but Sunday is the best time to visit and the busiest. It is at weekends that the market opens and attracts all forms of local life. There are many stalls and shops offering a variety of goods from antiques, artisan craftwork, household accessories and furniture. There are also plenty of places to eat with a wide range of ethnic choices on offer. The market is said to attract 100,000 bargain hunters every weekend and there are some real fashion bargains to be found if you've got the patience to wander around. There are some smashing bargains with shoes, handbags and leather gear in general. The stalls sell everything from handcrafted goods to more or less anything you can imagine. In particular there seems to be a speciality here for retro1950s fashion. But you don't have to shop, you can instead just wander about and observe the eccentric array of weirdly and wonderfully attired characters that come to this place. It is in many ways a market place of eccentricities.
Getting there is easy, just take the Northern Line to Camden Town or if you're travelling by car head towards Kilburn and you should see road signs with directions.
Love camden the amount of cultures that can intermix and there be no problem is great. The market used to be the best but since the lock got burnt down and now the main focus is on the other part of the market the prices seem to have considerable gone up. But if youre lookin fo shopping with a great atmosphere then this is the place to go!
This is the best part of Camden. By far. There are different cultures around you, who you can interact with. everyone is just so friendly.I always love going camden. This market sells all different things, from food to shoelaces. There are different stalls selling different things. The best is the stall with the funny t-shirts. The funny sayings make you want to buy them which is great because you know you arnt wasting your money. Camden is just the best place to get social and meet people and hang out with people you know.
You should definately go there.
What I like about this place is the food hall. It smells so nice and you can try the food before you buy it, which is nice, no disappointment. + it's cheap and filling, good for me :-)
Amazing market where we can find everything !
I love camden market. There are so many parts, stalls, shops and things to see now. It is bigger than ever now, starting from a small group of stalls, has not grown into a world wide, well known shoppers market. There are so many food places its so difficult to choose what you fancy! From sandwichs, doughnuts, corn on the cob, burgers, chinese, thai, indian, morrocan, crepes, and so much more! There are so many different shops, and so many bargains to be found. Unfortunately there are plans for shutting the market for building of a shopping centre! This breaks my heart as this is the ONE place to go, as there is so much history and little perfections to see and do. So my advice would be to go and find find buy see see see before the goverment rein it with yet another topshop. Love it.
had a great wonder around here a few weeks ago, was so weird , a lot like aflecks palace in manchester but spead out.
went to a FAB little food stal called KIM'S VIETNAMESE, and for a fiver i got a HUGE veg samosa and a massive serving of noodles and this gorgeous beef and veg satay kinda curry thing.
aw it was so good.
would like to have had more time to really look round, some shops basically sold the same old junk but was pretty cool non the less
Camden market is fabulous it sells the most freakiest stuff going but i love it.
There are many shops and stalls that sell all different types of food.
Its always busy and a great place to go too for the day for either just a walkabout or for having a drink and having something to eat.
Amazing market, loads of stalls. There are so many nice clothes an accessories to buy and lots of nice food places. It is easy to get to by tube. What I find is that I see a shirt at one stall and if i walk along to the next stall the price actually varies by a few pound. So it might be worth checking the price at a few other stalls first. You can normally haggle the price and they also try and get you to buy things you don't want. It is a really nice and very colourful market to walk through. It is a great market for people with an alternative dress sense.
Lived in Camden last year and it was always a huge temptation to pop to the markets for a quick look. A quick look can easily turn into a whole day though! Great mix of goods, records, vintage and new clothing, food, gifts, pretty much everything! Going at the weekend is probably not the best time if you want to have the best possible experience-it's always full of people, especially tourists. If you are looking for something specific it can also be a bit tricky unless you know the stalls very well. Best place for having a browse through all day- up til 4.30/5pm ish!
i used to live nearby and would stroll nicely along the canal through Primrose Hill, ending up in busy Camden. I used to buy tons of clothes here as a teen, but now my shopping focuses on cheap and varied stall food. don't worry, its safe and tasty, and there's an incredible selection on offer for a fiver (about the cash fare between two stops on the tube without an oyster card!) you should stroll the whole area for a lazy afternoon adventure of a weekend
As I don't come from London I was really keen to visit Camden Market ona recent trip to London.I found it was very busy,but I supppose you know that before you go already.Alot of the stalls sell pretty similar chinese imported goods,but I do love Hello Kitty so it wasnt too bad..some stalls howver sell some really nice kitsch pieces that you wouldn't really find in most shops.Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to look around it all as there is alot to see,so make a good few hours if you want to see everything.There is also a really nice pub/restaurant at the beginning of the market,the food is pretty cheap but really lovely and you can sit and people watch while your there.Overall a good place to see.
In my personal opinion, Camden Market is just because of the acceptable look of its town this famous. the market itself isnt anything special, mainly the prices arent that low you suspect. but if youre a good bargainer, you could have a lot of fun. So try out ;)
Can't add much to what's already been said, but just make sure you visit! Always some thing to do/ see. Relax with some cocktails in the Cuban bar and make sure you walk down every random alley,enjoy!
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