Camden Town, the fourth most popular tourist destination in London, pulls 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, and the Main Streets of Camden all offer consumers the most extensive shopping experience. Shopping here means feasting eyes on 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 you will find a few good deals along the way.
Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock Market, one of London's oldest markets, is situated by the Regent's Canal. In 1974, a temporary market was established on this site. It is primarily known for arts and crafts; it has started offering many more things. Everything is available here, from books, second-hand clothing to handcrafted arts. The market also has many food stalls offering various types of food.
The Stables Market
This is the most diverse place of all Camden markets, located in the historic former Pickfords stables and horse hospital. Here chain stores are not permitted; instead, it contains small shops and stalls selling clothes, furniture, household goods, antiques, art decors. 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.
Camden Lock Village
Camden Lock Village (formerly known as Canal Market) was the section along the canal to the east of Chalk Farm Road. It had a covered entrance tunnel leading into a general outdoor market. The cover over the original street entrance was removed. In early 2015, the market got closed for redevelopment.
The Electric Ballroom, a nightclub since 1950, is located on Camden High Street. The weekend market had been closed at short notice in 2015.
Earlham Street Market
What to buy: street food and clothing
When to go: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Address: Earlham St, London WC2H 9LN, United Kingdom
Goodge Place Market
What to buy: food (lunch)
When to go: Monday to Friday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Address: Goodge Pl, London W1T 4SG, United Kingdom
Leather Lane Market
What to buy: food (lunch) from around the world, cut flowers, fruits, vegetables, fashion
When to go: Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Address: Leather Lane, Camden, London, EC1N 7SU, United Kingdom
Parliament Hill Farmers' Market
What to buy: Fresh dairy products, fish, vegetables, fruits, poultry & meat, plants and more
When to go: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Address: William Ellis School, Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RN, United Kingdom
Queen Crescent Market
What to buy: fruit and veg, bread, kitchen and cleaning supplies, bedding, fashion, street food, cut flowers and plants
When to go: Thursday and Saturday: 10:00am to 4:30pm (until 7:00pm in summer)
Address: Queen's Crescent, Camden, London, NW5 4HH, United Kingdom
Swiss Cottage Market
What to buy: Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, fish, poultry, garden plants
When to go: Wednesday 10:00am to 3:00pm
Address: Eton Avenue, Camden, London, NW3 3NR, United Kingdom
Plender Street Market
What to buy: fruit and vegetables, pet supplies, fashion, and factory seconds
When to go: Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Address: Plender St, London NW1 0JL, United Kingdom
Other than the markets mentioned above, there are few privately run markets in Camden: