Opening in 1974 as a market which originally traded only on Sundays, Camden Lock in Central London is the capital’s most popular market, for locals and tourists alike. Offering over 1,000 independent stalls selling everything from army shirts to Chinese food to Banksy replicas, the market now welcomes over 100,000 visitors every day. Situated on a lock over Regent’s canal, part of the area’s allure is its reputation for being alternative and creative - both in its music scene as well as in its shopping (high street chains are banned from the market). Part of the Camden Lock Village section of the market was destroyed by fire in 2008, as mentioned by the area’s most famous resident, the late Amy Winehouse, during her Grammy acceptance speech that year. If you’re looking for vintage clothes, vinyl or simply some canal side people-watching, this is the place to visit!
Camden Market is open every day of the year from 10am until late. It’s closed on Christmas Day. The nearest tube station is Camden Town; however, due to the market’s popularity, it does get very congested at weekends. An alternative option, also within very near walking distance, is Chalk Farm tube. Camden Road and Kentish Town over ground stations are other options. Regular buses run to Camden from central London. If you’re flying in from abroad, any of the London airports will give you easy access to the market but Heathrow is the closest. Entry to the market is free.
If you’re heading to the market, it’s always worth checking the website before you go - you might want to coincide your visit with some of the daytime and evening events that often take place there.
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If you’re planning to visit Camden Market, make sure you check out all of the other exciting sights and activities nearby: take a guided tour of the street art around Camden, stroll past the multimillion pound residences of Primrose Hill or jump on a boat at Camden Lock and cruise through the capital’s canals, stopping off at ZSL London Zoo on the way. In the evenings, you’re spoilt for choice: catch an up-and-coming band or DJ at Koko, the newly-opened Camden Assembly or Egg on nearby York Way.
To find out more information about Camden Market, please check the official website, where you’ll be able to find out more about how to get there, the opening hours of the stalls, the full lists of shops and stalls at the market as well as the type of food available.
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