Camden Markets

The 6 Parts That Create It

Camden Market is a Top Attraction in London
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More than 100,000 visitors head to Camden every weekend to visit the area's world famous markets.

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.

Sunday is Camden market's busiest and best day. If you're not in town at the weekend, visit Camden on a weekday to avoid the crowds but note that 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 Make up Camden Market

The markets are all located on 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. It was once a craft market but it now features loads of market stalls and shops selling clothes, jewelry, and unusual gifts. There are indoor and outdoor areas and great food stalls next to the canal.

It's open seven days a week between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

2. Camden Stables Market
Camden Stables market has over 450 shops and stalls including a good range of vintage clothes shops. 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 Stables Market is housed in converted warehouses 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.

It's open seven days a week: Monday to Friday 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Film or music fairs are held on alternate Saturdays. A small admission charge applies.

On Sundays, there is a 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.

It's open seven days a week between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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.

It's open seven days a week between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Tips To Stay Safe at London's Markets

  • You'll need cash to make purchases at most of the market stalls but don't carry more than you plan to spend that day
  • Keep your wallet out of sight 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.