This post is a visitor’s guide to Camden Market, one of the most famous markets in the world. Filled with shops, stalls, cafes, stables, nooks, and crannies, Camden Market is a shoppers’ paradise and a great way to spend an eccentric afternoon.
How to Get to Camden Market
Camden Market is located along Regent’s Canal, just north of London’s downtown section. It is located adjacent to Regents Park and the London Zoo. The market is serviced by the Camden Town Underground station (Northern Line). On weekends, this station occasionally closes due to congestion. It is advised to access the market from either the Chalk Farm or Mornington Crescent stations. The nearest bus lines are routes 24, 27. 31 and 168, but there are more buses that service Camden Market than we can list. We recommend using this Google map for directions to Camden Market from anywhere in London.
Opening and Closing Hours
Camden Market is open 7 Days a Week from 10 am to 6 pm. It is open on Bank Holidays. It is closed on Christmas Day.
History of Camden Market
Historically, there has been a market in the area since the early 20th century. Originally, the market here sold food but from the 1970’s, a weekly craft market was held on Sundays in the area – paving the way for the massive market complex that stands there today. The original stalls that stood here a century ago are now long gone, replaced by modern temporary markets and fixed premises shops. Today, Camden Market can be divided into six separate parts.
Sitting on the Regent’s Canal, Camden Lock Market is the site of the original 1970’s craft market. Today, the area here sells jewelry, new and second-hand clothing, books, and yes, crafts. There are also a number of fast food stalls in the area along with both indoor and outdoor market stalls.
Long before Camden Market existed, the area here was home to Pickfords Stables – where the Pickfords company kept horses that were used in their centuries-old goods-moving company. The stables are considered of historic interest which means their architecture has not been changing over the years. It is still, clearly, stables that visitors to this part of Camden Market are walking through.
At the Stables Market, no chain stores are legally permitted. And although clothing, accessories, and shoes can be found at the Stables, it is primarily known for the furniture stalls that stand here. This is also where antique hunters find their goods and alongside the antique shops and second-hand clothing stores, there are numerous art houses, as well. For those who want to walk on the wild side, there are also stores here catering to ‘goths’ and ‘cybergoths.’
Camden Lock Village
Camden Lock Village is along the Regent’s Canal and is a covered market, selling knickknacks, books, and goods. This area also has lots of space to sit along the Canal and coffee shops for when guests need a break!
This market is a clotheshorse paradise. The market is outdoor and is almost unbelievably large. Stall after stall of clothes can be found here, mostly new and mass produced. The sign above this market actually reads “Camden Market” which can sometimes be misleading for first-time visitors, who believe THIS is all of Camden Market that exists!
Inverness Street Market
Originally, Inverness Street Market was fresh produce and foodstuff oriented. However now only a few fresh fruit and vegetable stalls service. Here at Inverness Street, visitors will also find the majority of fixed premises shops with goods varying from clothing and shoes, to steampunk stores, vintage and Goth shops, as well as traditional London souvenirs.
For more ideas on things to do in Camden, check out Time Out London’s guide to Camden Town. If you are planning on getting the London Pass, please note that it includes several other Camden Town attractions:
In addition to the markets, there are several other attractions in or around Camden Town.
British Library – The British Library is a fantastic, FREE library in the heart of London. There are regularly free and paid exhibitions, so be sure to check their website for the most up-to-date information.
Regent’s Canal – The walk from Camden to Little Italy along the canal is one of the most beautiful in London!
Regent’s Park – A stunning park just a few minute’s walk from Camden Market. Rowboats and pedal boats are available for hire during the summertime.
The Jewish Museum – Learn about London’s Jewish history in this fantastic museum. Open from 10am-5pm, daily. Includes an exhibition dedicated to Amy Winehouse and her family.
King’s Cross – Explore the train station made famous in the Harry Potter novels! In addition to visiting Platform 9 3/4, also allow yourself time to visit some of the many shops located here.