When traveling to London a place you must visit is Camden Town. Located in the northeastern part of the city, it is one of the most stunning places in the British capital. It is not by chance that Camden Town is the fourth most visited tourist sight in London, weekly attracting around 500,000 curious sightseers. So what’s so interesting and inspiring about this spot in London? Well, if I had to give you a short description of this place, I would tell you that it is a complete maze of open-air markets, shops, and stalls of totally different forms and content. It’s like a small town, where you can walk for the whole day, and still find a lot of interesting things to see and do. However, there are several things which you just can’t miss here!
Explore the history of Camden Town!
Camden Town has origins dating back as far as 1791, when Earl Camden and other citizens started developing these lands. At that time, this area was mainly agricultural land, but the situation changed once the Regent’s Canal was built. Barges, which transported cargo, were originally drawn by horses that pulled them on the towpaths along the canal. In the years to come, the territory along the Canal was built up with storehouses, stables, and various enterprises. The business here was successfully developing up until the 1950’s, when the automobile transport and railways began to replace the navigation on the Canal. Since then, Camden Town has had a totally new life, nowadays being one of the most popular and unique markets in London.
Admire the striking design of Camden Town!
Once you exit the Camden Town underground, you will feel overwhelmed by what you’ll see. Apart from people with blue hair and long black coats, you’ll be impressed by the architecture and design of the stores. Your attention will be drawn by the decorations on the storefronts, and it is even unnecessary to come closer to them, as the dimensions of these decorations are really impressive. On one store you can spot a giant guitar, on the other a pair of legs in modern jeans, or some sneakers, all of which are very unique and artistic
You will immediately feel miraculously transposed into a totally different alternative world, full of unique shops, and strolling goths, punks, emos, and other creative people representing various sub-cultures.
Visit the Camden Stables Market!
Camden Town is actually separated into several markets, one of them being located in the former storehouses and stables, named the Camden Stables Market. It is usually open every day from 10am - 6pm. Here you can find almost anything you want: antiques, musical instruments, carpets, household items, alternative clothing, footwear, and jewelry. Once you find yourself here, you’ll be amazed by the diversity of goods and their illogical proximity. Negotiation here is not only admitted, but even used on an ordinary basis, so if you are good at it, you can knock the items down to half-price. In addition to shopping, or just gazing at the amalgam of goods, you can also have a delicious meal, and trust me, with all the mixes of cuisines here, you’ll have a whole world to choose from!
Take a walk along the Regent's Canal
In this boiling cattle of cultures, goods, food, and shops, take some time to walk along Regent’s Canal, and just relax a bit while enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of this waterway. You can even take a boat trip from the Camden Market to Little Venice, via London Zoo or vice versa.
You can buy the ticket on board. The one-way ticket for adult costs 8.30 GBP (approximately 11.8 USD). For children (3-16 years), and seniors (65+) the ticket only costs 6.80 GBP (approximately 9.7 USD).
Have a great end of the day!
Camden Town is famous not only for its wide shopping variety, but also for the nightlife, which pulses more and more intensely once the sun begins to set. You can choose from a wide selection of pubs, bars, or clubs. There are lots of cool pubs in Camden: The Good Mixer, Hawley Arms, The Elephant’s Head, and the BrewDog are just a few to name. If you’re more into chilling and listening to live music, then you can opt for The Roundhouse, Dingwalls, or The Dublin Castle. If you are a jazz lover, then The Jazz Cafe is made for you. Those, who are eager to party all the night, can go clubbing in Koko, Proud Camden, or the Electric Ballroom.
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