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London borough of Camden » Entertainment » Shopping Centres

Camden Markets

Camden Town, the fourth most popular tourist destination in London, pulls in many tourists to its retail markets, collectively known as Camden Markets. It is obvious why visitors and locals go treasure hunting at the Camden Markets - to set themselves free from societal rules and buy something that doesn't fall victim to mainstream commercial fashion. Shopping in Camden is all about discovering alternative fashion and services inspired by the culture. The Camden Lock Market, Camden Stables Market, Camden Canal Market, Camden Buck Street Market, Inverness Street Market, Electric Ballroom fashion market and the Main Streets of Camden all come together to offer consumers the largest vibrant street market in the UK. Shopping here means feasting eyes on a variety of designer clothes, alternative vintage clothing, accessories, artefacts, handicrafts, jewellery and good food and wine. Also, to shop here, you must be a king at the fine art of haggling. Roam around in the markets and hopefully you will find a few good deals along the way.

  

Camden Lock Market ( Visit Site )

One of London's oldest markets, Camden Lock Market was has been trading its wares since 1974. It is primarily known for its arts and crafts, although it has started offering much more. Right from a selection of bookshops to handcrafted arts, everything is available here.

Uniqueness: Board games, juggling equipment, music CD's and DVD's, bookshops, furnishings, clothing's, handcrafted mirrors, frames, jewellery, designer clothes and accessories
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Oast House Archive

  

The Stables Market ( Visit Site )

This is the most diverse of all Camden markets. If you want to review the alternative culture in London, the Stables Market is the place to be. Here you can happily mingle with the Goths, Punks and the other cults alongside buying alternative, vibrant fashion from the different stalls.

Uniqueness: Daring alternative fashion, vintage clothing and drinks,
antiques, crafts, footwear, furniture, tattoos and piercing, casual wear, art and crafts
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

  

Camden Buck Street Market
( Visit Site )

The Camden Buck Street Market was open to local trade a long time ago and is one of the most interesting places to hunt for alternative clothes, accessories and jewellery.

Uniqueness: Club wear, footwear, casual wear, alternative fashion, jewellery, accessories
Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Oxyman

  

Inverness Street Market ( Visit Site )

Inverness Street Market is unique in Camden Town, as it was originally a fruit and veg market in the early 1900's, but over the time, stalls selling clothing, footwear and souvenirs have taken over.

Uniqueness: Footwear, clothing, souvenirs, fruits and vegetables, continental bars and restaurants
Opening Hours: Daily 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Camden's Main Streets ( Visit Site )

Camden's Main Streets include the route from Camden High Street that finally ends at Chalk Farm Road. It includes a multitude of shops, pubs, indoor markets and restaurants that jam up the road so much, not leaving even an inch of space free to walk.

Uniqueness: Electric Ballroom indoor fashion market, pubs and restaurants, music venues such as Jazz Café, Dingwalls, Barfly and Underworld
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Transport

Camden Markets can be easily accessed via the London Underground's Northern Line. Just alight at either Camden Town or Chalk Farm stations. During weekends, shops and stalls tightly pack the road, leaving you with a very few parking spaces - and if you are lucky enough to find a free space, the prices of parking in Camden are constantly spiralling upwards. The next best option is to catch a bus, there are plenty of routes that start, stop and go through Camden Town. Check TfL's website for more information. If you are not in a hurry and wish to leisurely wander the markets, then a walk down from the Regent's Canals towpaths will get you to Camden Lock and the middle of the markets in a short time.

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Green Lane

Other Local Street Markets

Chalton Street Market ( Visit Site )

Uniqueness: General market selling commodities, second hand clothing, food and bric-a-brac
Address: Chalton Street, Camden, London, NW1 1JD, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Friday all day
Tel.: +44 20 79744444

Leather Lane Market ( Visit Site )

Uniqueness: Clothes, toiletries, food, electrical goods, CD's and videos
Address: Leather Lane, Camden, London, EC1N 7SU, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tel.: +44 20 79746767

Parliament Hill Farmers' Market ( Visit Site )

Uniqueness: Fresh dairy produce, fish, vegetables, free-range poultry & meat, bio-dynamic eggs and fruit, artisan bread, cooked local foods, garden plants and more
Address: William Ellis School, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RN, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tel.: +44 20 78330338

Queen Crescent Market ( Wikipedia )

Uniqueness: Food, clothing and a wide variety of household products, one of London's oldest street markets
Address: Queen's Crescent, Camden, London, NW5 4HH, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Thursday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tel.: +44 20 72676635

  

Swiss Cottage Farmers' Market ( Visit Site )

Uniqueness: Fresh cheeses and bread, delicious sausages and pates, sandwiches, dried fruit and sweet pancakes, hand crafted jewellery, leather goods and clothes
Address: Eton Avenue, Camden, London, NW3 3NR, United Kingdom
Opening Hours: Wednesday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tel.: +44 20 78330338