- Explore the home of London counterculture with a visit to Camden Market, a hub of bohemian activity.
- Discover some of Camden Market 1,000 stalls, selling everything from handmade trinkets to designer clothing.
- Grab a delicious bite to eat at one of the Market’s food stalls from around the globe.
- There’s so much to explore in the local area, from exciting pop-up restaurants to the famous Regent’s Park.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect jacket or looking to sample some of the tastiest food from around the world, Camden Market is a fantastic day out that’ll be full of fun surprises. This area of North London has a reputation for being the place to go for counter-culture, and since 1971 the Market has been its beating heart.
Camden Market, London, is a collection of six different markets that cover the area around the famous Camden Lock. The Market has grown from just 16 stalls to over 1,000, with all types of clothing, food, handcrafted items and almost anything else you can think of on offer at one or more of the stalls. The Market began near local music venue Dingwalls but has grown to include much of Camden Town, including an area that used to be horse stables.
Many of the outer stalls at the Market cater mainly for tourists, with London shirts, key chains, and other trinkets. If these take your fancy, there are loads of different options for a memorable London gift.
If you’re searching for something a little more unique, venturing further into the Market can be a great decision. The Market is home to a brilliant collection of independent shops, some of which have been around for decades.
Camden Market is a haven for all things vintage and is therefore one of the best London markets. From clothes to furniture to jewellery, there’s so much to discover at the Camden Market shops. Teenagers will love the music shops that hark back to Camden’s heyday in the late 70's and 80's, when punk was king. It’s also a great place to look for alternative kids’ clothes; many shops sell handcrafted pieces at affordable prices.
Some of the best things at Camden Market are the most unexpected. As you walk through the side streets and stalls of the market, you never know what you’ll discover next.
The shops that line Camden High Street and form part of the Market are also an incredible thing to see. Many shop owners have decorated their shop fronts with three-dimensional sculptures of animals and things they sell, making a brilliant patchwork of artistic shop fronts all along the street.
As well as the beautiful shop fronts, there’s also plenty of fantastic street art to be found in Camden Market and the surrounding streets. Huge murals span the sides of entire buildings and walls. It’s an enjoyable place to go exploring, and brilliant for any budding Instagram photographers too.
It’s not just clothes, art, and music that you can find at Camden Market; it’s also home to some incredible small cafes, food stalls, and restaurants. From traditional British fish and chips to homemade street food from Indonesia, the food stalls at Camden Food Market are a brilliant option for when you’re feeling peckish while perusing the Market.
Camden Market’s central location makes it easy to discover other great London attractions, too. Regent’s Park is just a five-minute walk from the Market and is the perfect place to make a picnic with the takeaway food you can find in Camden Market. After your meal, why not head to ZSL London Zoo, in the north of Regent’s Park and home to almost 20,000 amazing animals.
What to know before you go
- Camden Market opening times are from 10am-6pm, seven days a week. Some stalls will close earlier during the winter.
- There are public toilets near Camden Market on Camden High Street, a couple of minutes’ walk from the main market area. There are also toilet facilities in many of the cafes and restaurants that line the High Street.
- Camden Market is not very wheelchair and buggy friendly. It can often be busy, and some areas of the Market have cobbled streets.
- There’s not much parking near Camden Market as it’s a busy area and mostly pedestrianized. The nearest big car park is in the Sainsbury’s in Camden Town, a five-minute walk away.
- Camden Market is very easily accessible by public transport. Camden Town tube station is in Zone 2 on the Northern line and is just a minute’s walk from the beginning of Camden Market. There’s also Camden Road Station, which is an eight-minute walk away on the Overground line. Chalk Farm Station is on the Northern line and is an eight-minute walk away.
- There are plenty of buses that serve the area in and around Camden Market. The 24, 214, 274, and 393 all have stops in Camden and go to various areas of London from there.