Camden Market

Top 30 things in Camden: Camden Market

If you’ve ever lived in London, you know about Camden Market. One of the richest places in retail and music history; Camden Market is the buzzing and beating teenage heart of the city. With rows and rows of food and trinket stalls selling everything from jewelry to vinyl to incense, the Market is where the world comes together in a maze of flashing lights and dark corners. There are lovers and haters but one thing is for sure: Camden Market is as alive as they come. 

Hugging the banks of Regent’s Canal as in runs from Kings Cross to Regents Park, the market is clustered in and around the old Market Hall, attracting over a 100,000 people each weekend. Yes, it gets busy, but once you find your way around the market it never ceases to amaze. Dive into the Stables to find endless vintage bargains. This is where once the historic Pickfords stables and horse hospital were, and nowadays beautiful sculptures of the horses still roam the halls.

The historical heritage of Camden goes far beyond retail. Back in the 19th century the whole area, from Camden Lock all the way to the Roundhouse, was an industrial site of distilleries and warehouses dedicated to producing world-renowned gin. Over the past two centuries much of this industrial legacy has been transformed. Although some of the old buildings still exist, the Camden’s traditions in gin distilling were long forgotten. That is, until 2014, when Mark Holdsworth introduced the world to his Half Hitch Gin. Step in his shop to taste Camden’s history!

Another one of Camden Market’s roots stretches into the music industry, with legends such as Blondie, The Clash and The Sex Pistols all performing at Dingwalls Dance Hall in the heart of the market. Dingwalls was designed to have a very long bar (in fact, it had the longest bar in London at the time) and it was open until 2am, as opposed to most pubs and bars which closed at 11pm. It featured live performances a few nights a week and quickly became a favorite hangout for the likes of Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones, Dave Gilmore from Pink Floyd, jazz legend George Melly and artists David Hockney and Lucian Freud.

As far as food and drink goes, Camden Market offers everything and more. With over a hundred food stalls selling food from every corner of the world, Camden Market is the place to go for a snack or a beer on the waterside. The Market is open seven days a week, (only closed on Christmas Day), and close to the Eurostar terminal at Kings Cross, so it attracts an international crowd. 
Canal boat at Camden Market