Following my last post on the Portobello Market, I thought I would follow up with a blog on Camden Town. Although I did not visit Camden this last time I was in London, I had the opportunity several years ago.
Camden is a district in the northwest portion of London, immediately northeast of Reagent Park, one of the city’s pre-eminent parks. The district is bisected by the picturesque Reagent Canal network. Well known for its markets and alternative culture, the area has become more gentrified in recent years but is still a haven for artists and musicians.
The Camden Market consists of several adjacent markets with poorly defined boundaries seperating them. Situated along the edge of the canal, the Camden Lock Market is biased towards crafts and foods. An elevated railway acts as a defacto boundary between Camden Lock and Stables Market to the north, so named because it was once the location of stables for horses hauling barges along the canal. The largest section of the complex, Stables Market is known for its furniture, hand-crafted items and alternative clothing. Across the street from these two markets lies Camden Lock Village, previously known as Canal Market until heavily damaged by a fire in 2008.
The markets are extremely popular on weekends and a popular tourist destination. Traffic is so extreme that the Camden Town tube (subway) station is closed to outgoing traffic on Sundays.