Party Earth Review Technically composed of several adjoining independent markets, Camden Markets attract roughly a hundred thousand people every weekend, all eager to experience the area’s people, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Punks... ... read full review
Chalk Farm Road/Camden High Street
Camden Town, Greater London NW1 7
Northern Line: Camden Town
Stores and stalls: Daily approximately 10am–6pm
Camden Lock Village: Daily 10am–8:30pm
Electric Market: Su 10am–6pm
Camden Town / Islington, London –
Technically composed of several adjoining independent markets, Camden Markets attract roughly a hundred thousand people every weekend, all eager to experience the area’s people, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes.
Punks, hippies, and other creative types congregate in the area to buy and sell art, jewelry, and get tatted, or just join the large crowds aimlessly wandering, people-watching, and nibbling on ethnic food.
The promise of cheap new duds is a big draw for university students, while the sugar-crazed won’t have to walk far to find fresh fudge, homemade pies, and other delectable desserts.
Flea market mavens specifically looking for crafts and antiques head to the original market at Camden Lock, and foodies cruise through Inverness Street Market for fresh ingredients to garnish their Welsh rarebit.
More of an eclectic vibe dominates Camden Stables, where a maze of stalls and shops sell alternative fashion-school designer clothes and piercing paraphernalia, while the Buck Street and Electric Ballroom’s Markets sell mostly vintage clothing and vinyls to hipsters looking for that limited edition Ziggy Stardust LP.
Regardless of what’s on the agenda – be it a day of browsing, a quick trip for a cupcake fix, or serious shopping for a new tongue ring – there’s no doubt that Camden Markets can be everything to everyone.
All ages and walks of life.
Shopping and people-watching. Live music at the Dingwalls club at Camden Lock and socializing over mojitos and paella at The Cuban, a restaurant in Stables Market.
Reasonably priced ethnic foods and snacks.
Food averages £4 at the stalls. Various price ranges in the different markets.
Sunday afternoons for the biggest crowds, or Saturdays for slightly more elbow room.
Regent’s Park is just south on Oval Road, and features the city’s largest grass sporting area, a boating lake, beautiful flower gardens, the London Zoo, and an open air theater.