We came over to Camden Market after reading many reviews online including the ones in TripAdvisor, which is my favourite travel advisory site for now! We were here in the late morning.
Generally it was pretty crowded with mostly tourist. It’s like a flea market (a pretty big market mind you!) which you can find commonly in other part of the world. What do they have here? I noticed a lot of souvenirs, UK / London merchandise, antique stuffs, collectibles, ladies accessories, handbags, shoes, vintage stuffs, food, etc. We spend about an hour over here however didn’t buy anything here. The food section looks pretty interesting however we already had a hearty breakfast near our hotel before travelling here so we skipped that.
I would recommend for you to visit if you have time in London, otherwise you might want to skip. There are other places which you want to consider going if you are on a short trip.
Here is a brief introduction of Camden Markets.
‘The Camden markets are a number of adjoining large retail markets in Camden Town near the Hampstead Road Lock of the Regent’s Canal (popularly referred to as Camden Lock), often collectively named “Camden Market” or “Camden Lock”. Among products sold on the stalls are crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, and fast food. It is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend.
A small local foodstuffs market has operated in Inverness Street in Camden Town since the beginning of the 20th century. From 1974 a small weekly crafts market that operated every Sunday near Camden Lock developed into a large complex of markets.The markets, originally temporary stalls only, extended to a mixture of stalls and fixed premises. The traditional Inverness Street market started losing stalls once local supermarkets opened; by mid-2013 all the original stalls had gone, being replaced by stalls similar to those of the other markets, including fast food but not produce.
The markets originally operated on Sundays only, which continues to be the main trading day. Opening later extended to Saturdays for most of the market. A number of traders, mainly those in fixed premises, operate throughout the week, although the weekend remains the peak period’.
Visited in 2012.