JUN 08,2013 - JUN 08,2013 (1 DAYS)
1/2 day walk in Camden Canals and Markets:
Can be combined with the "From Little Venice to Camden Town" itinerary.
Orientation: Hive of activity, great vibe, Funky London, stalls galore, atmosphere, for all ages.
Start: Kentish Town Tube Station.
End: Camden Town Tube Station.
Kentish Town is Camden Town’s not-so-famous, quieter and suburban older brother – it attracts a lot of the same crowd, but none of the tourists. And it’s got just as much going on.
From Kentish Town Station turn right (north) towards Leighton Rd. In the junction of these two roads stands a beautiful, historical pub - the Assmbly House. A place whose sales might be more wet than dry:
Return to Kentish Town Rd. heading south. Kentish Town has always been noted for its pubs and bars. On your right - do not miss this wall painting on the top part of one of the houses. Originally a large, partly wooden house known as the Bull. It was rebuilt twice, firstly in 1852 and then again in 1898.
Walk further down Kentish Town Rd. Pass the Camden Gardens on your left. After 10 minutes walk you arrive to the Regent canal and the Grand Union Towpath. The canal view on your left:
On your right - Camden Lock. Camden Lock is one of London’s most vibrant shopping and entertainment areas with live music, café’s and bars, small shops and market stalls selling everything from vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and beautiful homewares sourced from around the world:
View from the North Lock in Camden Lock:
This area is adjacent to a canal basin and holds Camden Lock Market, one of the group of markets often called collectively Camden Market. It is a busy market popular with visitors, with music venues, cafes and canal towpath walks. There is a large cut-steel sculpture by English artist Edward Dutkiewicz in the square beside the lock. The market offers a canalside haven in the midst of its hectic surroundings. Unique stalls and shops offering a huge array of goods sit alongside fresh and vibrant multicultural street food purveyors and cafes. Once the sun goes down its venues offer music and comedy right through until the early hours:
Walking a bit along the canal further to the west - you arrive to Camden Town High Street with its wealth of markets. Camden Lock is primarily a social venue and a meeting place, but once people are here they find it very hard not to shop. The main road all the markets come off is 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 and is the original Camden market. It was once only a craft market but now has loads of markets stalls and shops selling clothes, jewelry and unusual gifts. There are indoor and outdoor areas and great food stalls next to the canal. Open: Seven days a week. 10.00 - 18.00.
2. Camden Stables Market:
Camden Stables market has over 450 shops and stalls including good vintage clothes shops, making this the largest Camden market. Expect to find plenty of clothing and accessories. Some of the stables market is housed in converted warehouses and these are 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. Open: Seven days a week. Mon – Fri: 10.30 – 18.00, Sat & Sun: 10.00 - 18.00.
3. Camden Canal Market:
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). The three-story market that stood here burned down in 2008. It has reopened since, but the area just contains a number of small stalls.
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. Saturdays are film or music fairs on alternate Saturdays. A small admission charge applies.
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.
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. Open: Seven days a week. 8.30 - 17.00.
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. Open: Seven days a week. 09.30 - 18.00.