Camden is one of the places in London that is traditionally associated with the “alternative” scene and also plays host of one of the most famous markets in London currently. Camden Market started in the early 70s with a few stalls selling antiques, crafts, clothing and food. It quickly grew into the gigantic sprawling market (that is really several individual markets) that it is today.
The old railway bridge over Chalk Farm Road.
I have two favourite bits of Camden Market: the first is all the clothing stalls closest to Camden Tube.
You can really find some gems if you look!
I ended up buying one of these little lovelies.
For those of you familiar with Atlanta, Georgia at all Camden is similar to Little Five Points, but on a much bigger and more intense scale!
My second favourite part of Camden are all the food stalls down in the market by the Lock. I’ve never had a bad dish from there yet. The only downside to perusing the food is that it is super crowded- always, no matter the weather!
Typical crowd density. Can you spot me?
There is so much variety in food, the hardest part of your day will be decided where to eat!
Although there was no way we could pass up this stall selling lahmacun (aka Turkish pizza).
But once you’ve found your food there’s amply space to sit and watch the boats in the locks.
If you still have some daylight left after your grand market adventures, I recommend walking for about 25 minutes to Primrose Hill, which is on the northern side of Regent’s Park and offers stunning views of the city! (Primrose Hill is also one of the most affluent areas of London, so you can keep your eyes peeled for celebrities as well.)
I spy St Pauls, the London Eye, The Shard and the BT Tower.
Winter sunset atop Primrose Hill.