Food, fashion, and fun. Camden Town is one the Europe’s most visited destinations and when you visit you’ll find out why.
Camden Town is a large area, more than just the stretch from Camden Town underground station to the Stables Market that most people know about. Read about the must-see places on this route and some other special places that are worth visiting on your trip to Camden Town.
History of Camden Town
Camden was named after the 1st Earl Camden, Charles Pratt, and used to be part of the manor of Kentish Town, known to be the small village of “Red Mother Cap”, which was the area’s best-known pub. In 1820, with the opening of Regent’s Canal (Camden Lock), the railway was constructed and because of this Camden became home to warehouses and factories. Over the years Camden become known for its gin distilleries, piano factories, pubs, and the theatres that were opened in 1910.
The first market traders set up in 30 March 1974 with just 16 stalls. Over the years Camden Market, and Camden Town itself, has developed in to an area welcoming locals and tourists. It was at the heart of the UK punk scene, and is still the UK’s most important music capitol. Bands like Pink Floyd played at the Roundhouse, and The Clash were a big part of Camden Town too – in fact the cover of their debut album was taking on a trolley ramp opposite their recording space in the Stables Market.
Getting to Camden Town
Camden Town station in on the Northern Line. There are also many bus routes from across London that pass through Camden.
Arriving in Camden
As you exit Camden Town underground station, take a right and you’ll be on Camden High Street. Walk a few paces and the Amy Winehouse Music Walk of Fame plaque will be right there (near Electric Ballroom). She is The Queen of Camden, after all, so soak up the atmosphere.
A few more steps up and you will come across Buck Street Market. There are over 25 sustainable food stalls and restaurants, fashion brands, and over 50 ethical market traders. Buck Street Market has been created from recycled shipping containers, all food spots offer vegan and vegetarian options, and is a total plastic free zone. Even the food waste gets composted to turn back into energy! Spend time walking around, enjoying the food offerings and the incredible independent shops stalls. Highlights: Wildflower Restaurant, Miguel’s Pizza, and Sknfed Natural Skincare.
On the opposite side, Inverness Street has a market and some shops to add to your list. Mega City Comics is a Camden institution with all sorts of classic and modern comics, and Ma Petite Jamaica is a fantastic journey to Jamaica with their food and drinks. The Caribbean in Camden Town!
Looking for a pub in Camden Town? Head up along Camden High Street where you will walk past many of Camden’s pubs like Buck’s Head, Oxford Arms, and the famous Elephant’s Head, or hold tight until you get to The Lock Tavern. It can be thirsty work being a tourist, so pop in for a good old British pint before you continue your sightseeing.
You’ll see the bridge with the canal running below it. Stop, take some pictures, and take in the history of Camden Town. The canal is a very important part of Camden Town, having being used for bringing in goods to the warehouses along the canal. It’s the Regent’s Canal but it commonly known as Camden Lock. If you are feeling adventurous go and greet the punks on the bridge – some impressive mohawks going on there! You’ll see a market near the Dingwalls building with pop up food stalls and fun little shops too.
The iconic Camden Lock bridge ahead of you, take a left into the Stables Market. This is the largest and best known market in Camden Town. Walk through, spend some money on music (CDs, vinyl), incredible food stalls, and souvenir shops. To Home From London has quirky souvenirs to take back with you.
Camden Stables Market
Camden Stables Market winds along until you get to the Doc Martens store, and the famous Cyberdog just around the corner from there. It’s loud, it’s exciting, and full of energy.
From here, there’s still so much to see. Perhaps pop in for a coffee, or head to the Amy Winehouse statue. On the lower level, there’s the eccentric Cereal Killer Café, something truly unique.
Hungry? Take a look at The Cheesebar or Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner if you’d like to try something amazing and taste. The food stalls there offer delicious dished too, from Argentinian steak to Magic Falafel (yes, it does taste magical).
But wait, there’s more. Stay to the left to make your way to the back end of Stables Market, which is home to some of Camden’s coolest goth clothing shops, fashion stalls, and even an eyewear shop named General Eyewear – now that’s a good place to see.
More to see
Once you’ve experience the Stables Market, and you have some time on your hands, there are many other places to see. Londonworks on Chalk Farm Road has an eclectic selection of fashion, street style, and gifts. Hawley Arms, best known as The Amy Winehouse Pub, is just near the Camden Lock Bridge (to the right), and Andy’s Greek Taverna on Pratt Street has Greek Food so good you’ll thing you’re in the Mediterranean.
This should be enough to give you an overall flavour of what Camden Town has to offer. It’s just scratching the surface of tall the things to see and do in Camden Town, to make sure to visit www.camdentownlondon.co.uk to learn more about new openings, shops, and restaurants.
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