Introduction to Camden Town
What is Camden Town famous for?
When people think about Camden Town London, they think about vintage, rock, punk, eccentricity, trendy, young, colourful, and fashionable all rolled into one. There are plenty of things to do in Camden Town. Whether you want to buy the latest vintage, punk or rock gear or walk through Little Venice on the Regent’s Canal, admiring Georgian houses, and boathouses, you’re either mixed with the bustling crowds or feel at peace with nature.
Getting to Camden Town is easy. Located in the North West of London, you can get on the tube on the Northern Line towards Edgware or High Barnet from London Bridge. You will get off at Camden Town. If you’re taking the bus, take the 134, 214, 27, 29, and 31. By train, take the Overground (the orange line) or the Thameslink train.
Once in Camden, it’s better to walk and explore your surroundings. It’s always crowded with people and the nightlife is better than Soho, in my opinion.
Walking through Camden Town
Start your walk outside Camden Town tube station and walk your way up towards the various colourful punk, vintage and retro shops. Most of these shops are independent, most are smaller versions of chained stores. Unlike Oxford Street, all of the shops here are quirky and small. It can get claustrophobic at times, that’s why some people just go window shopping.
You will often hear loud music on the street and passing vehicles beeping past. Check out the bright and colourful Buck Street Market village. Previously several shipping containers, you can take advantage of busy street food stalls serving world dishes. As youw alk through the village, the aroma of hot Pan Asian food to European dishes whiffs through your nose as you can never decide what to eat. There are several restaurants and pubs selling fish and chips as well as retail stores selling more vintage and retro products. Imagine yourself sitting at one of the beer gardens sipping cocktails and gulping on beer on a hot summer’s day.
As you walk up the high street, you’ll notice a rainbow on two of the zebra crossings. This means London is proud to accept the LGBT community and celebrate unity together. There are other rainbows around London, look out for them as you explore the city.
Explore inside the Camden Markets and you’ll notice several shops under the bridge as well as a small alleyway consisting of more shops and restaurants. As you walk through different markets, it will feel claustrophobic as the walkway can be very narrow. You can see the red £10 sign stuck at the top of vintage jackets, several people trying to squeeze through the walkway as they walk past you, the traditional 19th Century bricked walls under the bridge where the markets are and several bric-en-brac you love collecting “stuff”. You’ll often hear the train driving past above you and you’ll often hear musc in the background as you walk through.
Street food in Camden Town
In front of you, you will see a green and yellow mural at the top of a train station that says Camden Lock. It’s an iconic mural for Camden. You’ll usually see this mural all over the internet when people search Camden Town.
As you turn left, you will see directions to London Zoo, one of the top 10 London Attractions, Regent’s Park, one of 8 royals parks of London, as well as Roundhouse Theatre, and several street markets serving products and food stalls. The crowd is always plenty and you’ll be able to walk through a cobbled walk way with several pagodas in the middle as seating areas for when you buy your lunch. Like Buck Street Market, you will smell different aromas from street food stalls, from vegan dishes, Thai, general European dishes like burgers and chips and many more. Prices here are around £7 – £12 per dish and it’s standard London prices.
Why not grab a bite to eat by Regent’s Canal, overlooking the bridge? While having lunch, admire the many colourful street arts as well as several colourful boat houses parked under the tree under the bridge.
Regent’s Canal by Camden
After you reach the bridge, turn left and you will end up in Regent’s Canal. Here, you will listen to the birds chirping, several Georgian houses dating back to the 18th Century as well as the entrance to the London Zoo and Regent’s Park. If you like, walk through Regent’s Park and when you exit to the other side of the park, you will end up in Baker Street where you’ll be able to visit Madame Tussaud’s and Sherlock Holmes Museum. If you want to skip all of that, walk further up and you will often see several boats and you can take boat trips by the canal.
Regent’s Canal is very long and you often don’t know where you are so make sure you have your Google Maps on with you at all times or check out the sign posts by several exits from the canal.
As for Little Venice, you’ll often see rows of boat houses lining up the canal but you won’t notice you’re in Little Venice because throughout the canal, you’ll often see boat houses anyway.
It does get tiring walking up the canal and it’s easy to get lost, but if you get out of the nearest exit, there are still several buses that go to other interesting areas and tube stations around London. We were walking for half an hour and didn’t know where we were, but we easily headed straight to Oxford Street.
You wouldn’t feel as if you’re in London if you’re walking through the canal. If you have time, you can take advantage of the Thames Path. You’ll be walking along the Thames River where you will see the rural and urban areas of London.
During your walk, take notice of Amy Winehouse statue to commemorate the singer herself and the Horse Stable Market. The Horse Stable Market consists of several stalls selling more food and products. Why is it called the Horse Stable Market? Because it was once a horse stable converted into small independent camden markets. Imagine yourself back before cars were invented, before the 18th Century and you’ll be travelling around London with a horse and carriage. We wanted to keep the history alive an that’s what’s so special about London and Camden Town.
When visiting Camden, the busiest time is on the weekends and if you don’t like crowds, visit on the weekdays.
Spend no more than 2 hours in the market and 1 hour walking down Regent’s Canal. Although you won’t know where you’ll be when you’re walking down the canal, walk to the nearest exit, you’ll often find several bus stops that will take you to the nearest tourist places.
The tube can be very claustrophobic but quicker to get there. Although taking the bus takes longer, you’ll be saving money on travel compared to using the tube and train. You’ll only be spending £1.50 for one bus journeys. Depending on where you’re staying, you’ll be spending double if you get to Camden by tube and train.
Either way, Camden Town is a great day out since it has a peaceful atmosphere in Regent’s Canal and the busy market offering punk, retro, vintage and street food. For more information about Camden Town and Camden Market, visit their website here.