Strolling around in Camden Town
Over 1000 shops and stalls selling fashion, music, art, food and much more.
With its alternative vibe, Camden Town is one of the most popular tourist attractions in London offering plenty of great things to do. In fact, just four minutes by tube from King’s Cross station, (King’s Cross to Euston by Victoria Line and from there to Camden Town by Northern Line) this neighborhood is packed with plenty and plenty of events, with curiosity shops, creative sellers, markets, live music, thriving nightlife, food courts from all around the world, pubs and street performers all week long. It is a heaven for punks and alternative people. It goes beyond any boundary or convention.
There are six popular markets in Camden Town: Camden Buck Street market, Camden Lock market, Stables market, Camden Indoor market in Electric Ballroom (open only on Sundays), Camden Lock Village and Camden Inverness Street market.
Camden Market started off as a small arts and crafts fair in the backyard of Dingwalls, originally it was temporary and only open on Sundays; however its popularity grew quickly and today it is a largest and busiest market in London, open seven days a week.
Away from the bustle, there’s the picturesque Regent’s canal, some gorgeous green spaces, and London Zoo to explore as well. Whether you like to explore it on foot, bike or boat there are more than enough companies offering tours.
A bit of History
Camden Town, often shortened to Camden, is a district located in the northwest of London. It is an administrative centre of the London Borough of Camden and identified in the London Plan as one of 34 major centres in Greater London.
The town was born initially (1791) as a residential area but the development of the railways and the canal network turned it later into a bustling part of the city. Many famous people, including the late Amy Winehouse, have made Camden their home. Even though the neighbourhood has evolved in the last few years, there is still evidence of the past everywhere and this makes it very attractive.
Camden’s biggest industry was Gin and it was taken all over the world through the Regent’s Canal. Later when Camden Town was transformed into a retail and leisure destination, slowly it lost its distilleries although some of the old buildings still exist in the area.
What we liked
Even though everything around is certainly unusual and eye-catching, our favorite part of Camden Town is the food courts. There are so many options with food from all around the world for reasonable price. You can grab the cuisine you like and sit at one of the tables and enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy our short video from Camden Town here below, maybe it inspires you to make a visit of your own.
Moreover, when staying in London for many days, you will be glad to eat something besides the pub food that they normally offer everywhere in the touristy areas.
Whether you live in London or you are just visiting London, I highly recommend Camden Town for everyone, it offers plenty of things to do for all ages. You take the day off and discover every corner of Camden Town. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed. If you have even more time, I would highly recommend staying longer!
August 1, 2019 at 12:18 pm
I love London and regret that I never went to Camden Town. I’m not a big shopper but it just looks like so much to do. Thanks for writing.
August 1, 2019 at 2:07 pm
Wow, the markets in Camden Town look pretty cool!And I love that it is a foodie's destination because I would love to try some good food in one of the food courts you speak to highly of.
Just One Passport
August 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm
Camden Town looks like such an eclectic place! It sounds like a lot of fun to visit, especially the food courts. That's the best part of travelling, trying the new food!
August 3, 2019 at 7:04 am
Absolutely love the points you wrote. Will keep them in mind when I visit Camden.
August 4, 2019 at 6:13 am
You make me want to jump on the train to go visit Londen again. Thank you for sharing all these usefull tips!
August 5, 2019 at 11:06 am
I've never even heard of Camden Town! It looks like such a great place to just wander around, eat and shop! Thanks for opening my eyes – definitely going to pin for when I'm back in London!
August 5, 2019 at 12:21 pm
Looks like such a lively place! I need go back to London and explore some more, haven't been in years! This post made me want to go asap!
January 16, 2020 at 4:37 am
Camden sure is a hip town! I didn’t know it was the home of Amy Winehouse, that is very interesting!