Camden's group of markets is now the fourth most-visited tourist attraction in London. It is the largest street market in the UK, and attracts around 500,000 visitors each week. There are various markets located in Camden Town which are collectively known as Camden Market; these are Camden Lock Market, Camden Stables Market, Camden Canal Market, Inverness Street Market, and Camden (Buck Street) Market.
The area around Camden Lock was first developed in 1791 by the Earl of Camden, with the famous Regents Canal opening in 1820. The first market to appear in Camden was Camden Lock Market, which opened in 1972.
Today, there are hundreds of designer workshops, studios, stalls, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars selling an individual and extensive array of high quality goods from designer, alternative & vintage clothing and accessories to one-off pieces of art, furnishings, antiques, jewellery, records & CDs, collectables, arts & crafts and international food.
EVENING STANDARD: "It's official; Camden Market is the new Portobello... it doesn't have one look, it has hundreds. Galliano loves Camden, popping through whenever he can. So does John Paul Gaultier. Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo have also been seen rifling through rails at the Stables this summer. Camden Market's new fashionable status has been on the up for months..."
How To Get There:
Tube: Camden Town or Chalk Farm
Address: Camden High Street & Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
At the weekend catching the bus or the tube is a better option than taking your car because parking spaces are few and far between. A walk along the pretty canal towpath from Regent's Park will also take you into the middle of the markets.
Camden Lock Market: 10:00-18:00 7 days, off Chalk Farm Road
Stables Market: 10:00-18:00 7 days, off Chalk Farm Road
Camden (Buck Street) Market: Thu-Sun 10:00-17:30, Camden High Street, junction with Buck Street
Camden Canal Market: Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00, off Chalk Farm Road
Camden Lock: Bridge over Regent's Canal to Camden Lock Market, London UK