The well-known Camden Market can be found, of course, in Camden Town, which has been a residential area since 1791. This neighborhood was formed in the wake of the Grand Union Canal and the improvement of railway transport. Now, this vibrant part of London is full of people who are looking for treasures in Camden’s markets or listening to some live music and enjoying some delicious international cuisine. We made a list for you with the top five things to do in Camden Market.
Time for digging!
The first thing to do when you get there is to start exploring the market. Camden Market is famous worldwide for its shops and stalls just waiting to be explored. It is definitely a piece of heaven on Earth for all the market-lovers. You’ll find antique shops with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered by wanderers like you. Be patient and take your time to search through the boxes, explore the rails, or grab a souvenir. There are also lots of shops with ingenious facades with the sole purpose of catching your eye. Enjoy the artistic vibes of the area while strolling down its narrow alleys.
Tip: in Stables Market you can find the life-size memorial bronze statue of Amy Winehouse
For the love of art
This vivid area of Camden Market is full of splashes of art at every corner. From street art to famous galleries its artsy vibe will make your visit an excellent opportunity to learn more about the artistic aspect of this neighborhood. The Proud Gallery, Europe’s most famous privately funded photographic gallery, should be on your list for sure. It is well-known for its photos documenting fashion, pop culture, and music, with a great accent on Rock n Roll. If you want a unique souvenir to remind you of London, buy a print of some legendary icons of music such as Freddie Mercury, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and so on. You can also find some edgy art exhibitions at The Cob Gallery, a wide range of modern visual arts at the Camden Arts Center, or you can find out more about Jewish life and heritage at the Jewish Museum.
Tip: art is everywhere in Camden Market, not only in the galleries, but on the outside as well; admire the stunning architecture that combines old and new in such a great manner
Camden Market is not only a paradise for treasure hunters, but it is also a heaven for gourmands. The international cuisine, from all over the world, gives you the opportunity to serve any kind of meal any day. Many eateries and street vendors will spark your appetite. So if you’re a great fan of Italian cuisine, try Trufflesecco, for delicious Indian food Masala Zone is the right place, or Shaka Zulu if you want to try the South African cuisine. If stricken by thirst, you’ll find a pub at every corner to have a sip of something refreshing. The Hawley Arms is the most famous pub in Camden. London celebrities and locals alike have been enjoying their time in this pub for years. Another great spot to take a break is the legendary Dublin Castle on Parkway.
Tip: when you get into one of the pubs ask for local beers from Camden Town brewery to see how Camden tastes like
If music is life, enjoy live music
Camden Town used to be considered the world capital of Rock n Roll. It’s still home to a great deal of London’s music scene. Live music concerts are popular in Camden Market and there are people who get in the area just to enjoy some live acoustics. You’ll find dozens of venues to choose from, places like Koko, the Underworld, and Electric Ballroom are famous for giving the world some of the most famous musicians. So who knows? Maybe you’ll be the first to listen to some of the future world-class artists. For top jazz and blues performances stop by Jazz Café, or Blues Kitchen. Famous people like Dylan Thomas, Walter Sickert, and Amy Winehouse have considered Camden their home.
Tip: if you want to know more about the history of folk music, the Cecil Sharp House is the home of the English folk dance and song
What a view!
One of the most beautiful places in London to catch a perfect view over the city is Primrose Hill. Above Regent’s Park, on the hill, you can enjoy your time and relax after all the digging through Camden Market. What better place to catch a British sunset if not from the famous hill of London. Grab a mouth-watering dessert from Camden Market and enjoy it in this quiet place while gazing upon the astounding landscape.
Tip: Primrose Hill is also a great spot for picnics and spending time with the kids and family