Camden is world famous for its markets which attract more than 100,000 visitors every weekend making it one of London's top attractions.
Camden is the place to shop for funky clothes and original gifts from independent designers. Camden High Street is lined with shops including plenty of shoe stores.
Camden is a cool place to hang out so expect it to be busy all weekend. There is a good nightlife scene in Camden so pick up leaflets near Camden Town tube station to find out what's on. Camden is popular with Londoners and visitors.
Camden market is now not only a weekend event, although Sunday is still the busiest, and best, day. If you're not in town at the weekend, do visit Camden on a weekday and you'll avoid the crowds but do note not all stalls are open. The main shops are open seven days a week though so there's always plenty to see and buy.
Six Markets Create Camden MarketThe main road all the markets come off is Camden High Street. Camden High Street (north from Camden Tube station) is lined with shops, pubs, markets, and restaurants. Under the railway bridge, you'll find more of the same along Chalk Farm Road, which leads to Chalk Farm tube station.
Camden Market is actually divided up into smaller markets, each with a different style.
1. Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock Market started in the early 1970s and is the original Camden market. It was once only a craft market but now has loads of markets stalls and shops selling clothes, jewelry and unusual gifts. There are indoor and outdoor areas and great food stalls next to the canal.
Seven days a week.
10am to 6pm.
2. Camden Stables Market
Camden Stables market has over 450 shops and stalls including good vintage clothes shops, making this the largest Camden market. Expect to find plenty of clothing and accessories.
This is always my first choice for food stalls as there are around 50 stalls selling food from around the world.
Some of the stables market is housed in converted warehouses and these are linked by cobbled walkways.
The catacombs are currently closed for redevelopment but were housed in Victorian brick arches (1854) once running under the railway sidings of the old North Western Railway Co.
Nearest tube station: Chalk Farm.
Seven days a week
Mon – Fr: 10.30am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 6pm
3. Camden Canal Market
The area suffered a serious fire in 2008 but is open for business again and has an improved layout.
Camden Canal Market is just after the canal bridge, on the right. It's one of the smaller markets and sells fashion, accessories, and gifts. (Friday to Sunday only.)
4. Electric Ballroom
The Electric Ballroom market is held on weekends only in the Electric Ballroom music venue. It is very close to Camden Town tube station, on Camden High Street.
Saturdays are film or music fairs on alternate Saturdays. A small admission charge applies.
On Sundays there is a 60 stall indoor clothes market selling vintage, goth, and funky gear.
5. Inverness Street Market
Inverness Street market started around 1900 and used to be just a fruit and vegetable market serving the local community but you can now find bargain clothing and souvenirs as well.
Seven days a week.
8.30am – 5pm
There are bars and restaurants along this street making it a good place to stop. The Good Mixer pub at the far end has a reputation for being a popular drinking hole for local bands.
6. Buck Street Market
This is the part people think is the main Camden market as it's the first large market you come to from Camden Town tube station, and it has a large 'Camden Market' sign but carry on further down Camden High Street for the Camden Stables Market and Camden Lock Market which are much better.
Some call this area 'The Cages' because of the metal grilles that surround it. The stalls are close together in narrow walkways so hold on to your bag as this area attracts pickpockets.
There are about 200 stalls selling alternative clothing, T-shirts, and fashion accessories.
Seven days a week.
9.30am to 6pm
Tips To Stay Safe at London's Markets
- You'll need cash to buy at market stalls but don't carry more than you plan to spend that day.
- Keep your wallet out of site and keep handbags close to your body. Beware of pickpockets.
- Do not give money to beggars. Beggars hang around Camden Town tube station. Do not give them money however sad their story may be. They are there every day.
- In Britain, you're not legally obliged to carry any identification so leave your passport in the hotel safe whenever it's not needed.