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Camden Lock Market is one of the most eclectic, eccentric and unusual London destinations, a place stacked to the rafters with cool alternative clothing, music, jewellery and more.2019 June 12
The Camden markets are several different markets rolled into one, called Camden Market or Camden Lock and on the banks of the Regents Canal. You'll find fun at the historic former Pickfords stables in Camden Town, a veritable warren of alleyways lined with shops and eateries. If you love alternative clothing, are a bit of a rebel or just fancy picking up a few fab vintage treasures, it's perfect.
Camden Lock Market is one of the most eclectic, eccentric and unusual London destinations, a place stacked to the rafters with cool alternative clothing, music, jewellery, books, food and drink, vintage and classic home décor, arts and crafts. You name it, you can find it here. And if you'd like to stay in a comfortable, low-cost hotel near Camden Market our easyHotel Old Street is perfect.
Explore the Camden Market, Camden Lock, Camden Stables Market, Canal Market, Buck Street Market, Inverness Street Market, and the market inside Electric Ballroom, and discover the magic of alternative London for yourself.
When's it open? The markets originally opened only on Sundays, and that remains the major trading day. But most of the market today is also open on Saturdays, and many of the traders are open every day of the week. These days Camden Market hours are 10am to 6pm every day.
Camden Market events are hugely popular, and there's a dazzling variety to choose from. Take Solomon's Yard, where weekenders take place. It's a summer special involving pop-up shops and eateries, household name DJs, great street food and more, and there's a different theme each time.
You can learn the ropes at Gin School courtesy of the Half Hitch local gin distillery, or sample the wonderful Italian Alley by candlelight. There are pop ups in the Provender Building and the annual Camden Rocks festival in June, plus summer parties, festivals and vintage fairs, something for everyone. There are special movie screenings and comedy shows, exhibitions, gourmet masterclasses and theatrical events to enjoy. Or you could just sit in the sunshine outside a cafe and watch the uber-funky Camden world go by.
There's more. Camden Market hosts a variety of gigs, including pop-up music events from local and national stars. The Roundhouse, Jazz Cafe, Lock Tavern, Dingwalls at Lock 17 and Camden Assembly all host gigs, everything from dubstep to hip hop, jazz to funk, soul, rock, punk and house music.
There are lots of cool places to eat in the markets themselves, as well as plenty of choice in the immediate area. Try Honest Burgers at 34a Camden Lock Place for really good British produce, or Maize Blaize at 215-1 Chalk Farm Road for exotic Colombian street food. Puezze Camden at 43 Parkway serves fab vegan dishes, and Villa di Geggiano at 66-68 Chiswick High Road for excellent Italian food. Last but not least, how about Zala Levantine Grill at 39 Camden Lock Place, where gorgeous Middle Eastern food is on offer.
Need a jolly good boozer? The George and Dragon on Market Square, Hubbub Bar and Kitchen at 269 Westferry Road, Lockside Camden on Upper Walkway and The Hawley Arms at 2 Castlehaven Road and The World's End at 174 Camden High Street are all really good.
How to get to Camden Market? This is a very central destination, at a big junction for north London, so it's easy to reach in all sorts of ways.
Walking - Whatever direction you approach Camden from on foot, there's so much to see. Walking is the best way of all to find out more about the city on an intimate basis, discover hidden secrets and unusual sights. As a general rule most people walk at about three miles an hour, and that takes you a very long way in our compact city centre.
Underground – Chalk Farm and Camden Town underground stations are your nearest, both a short walk away. You can also hop on the Docklands Light Railway at Bank, Tower Gateway or Shadwell stations.
Bus – Bus numbers 31, N28, N31 all pass through Camden, and these bus services all pass through it: 24, 27, 29, 46. 134, 168, 214, 253, 274, C2, N5, N20, N27, N29, N253, and N279.
Train – The nearest mainline stations to Camden Market are Kentish Town railway station and Euston. It's also not far from the Eurostar service at St Pancras.
Bicycle – There's a Santander Cycle Station at Camden Town, NW1 0AS.
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