London is chock full of great markets including Covent Garden, Portobello Road and Spitafields, with many specializing in particular goods or services. Camden Market is one of the biggest in Europe, with hundreds of stalls and small shops selling clothing, art, food and random (and I mean random) stuff.
Camden Market is a good stop if you:
- Are into goth/punk/vintage clothing
- Enjoy people watching
- Are hungry. Portions from food vendors are generous!
While the market is close to several Tube stations, we opted instead for a waterbus trek from Little Venice (a short walk – or slight jog, in our case, from Paddington Station) to Camden. Cruising along Regent’s Canal, checking out enormous houses and the leafy trees in Regent’s Park, it was a peaceful way to start our visit to a place that’s anything but quaint. Once we arrived at the market, we wandered food stalls to start thinking about lunch (maybe just me who did this), poked around stalls (there’s a cute little pop-up shop right by the food that’s worth a visit) and eventually settled by the canal to watch boats navigate through the locks.
And eat. The food was so good!
We capped off the day with a steep walk up Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park and rolled ourselves back down the hill onto a sunny patio for a Pimm’s.
As a head’s up, the market is pretty crowded. We went on a Friday, but Sunday is the busiest day – Camden Town Tube station shuts for the afternoon from 1 p.m. onwards to manage the crowds. A less busy option is Chalk Farm, a short walk or bus ride away up the Northern line.