Camden Town, London

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.

A picturesque part of Camden Town

A picturesque part of Camden Town

Camden Locks, Reagent Canal

Camden Locks, Reagent Canal

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.

Entrance to the Stables Market

Entrance to Stables Market

Beautiful furniture and carpet shop in the Stables Market

Beautiful furniture and carpet shop, Stables Market

Oriental shop, Camden Lock Market

Oriental shop, Camden Lock Market

Cyberdog, one of the alternative clothing shops in the Stables Market

Cyberdog, one of several alternative clothing shops, Stables Market

How alternative, you ask? They specialize in neon PVC and rubber clothing...

How alternative, you ask? They specialize in neon PVC and rubber clothing. It makes for a nice picture…

One of many fast-food shops, Camden Lock Market

One of many fast-food shops, Camden Lock Market

Donut and pastry stand, Stables Market

Donut and pastry stand, Stables Market

An entertaining selection of bibs for the little one...

An entertaining selection of bibs for the little one…

A reference to the alternative culture which Camden is known for...

A reference to the alternative culture which Camden is known for…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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