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Camden North West London area

Camden Town has been a residential area since the 1790s. But it was only the development of the Grand Union Canal and the improved railway transport that turned it into a bustling part of London. Today, visitors and locals gather here to hunt for treasures in Camden’s markets, stroll by Regent’s Canal, sample cuisine from around the world and listen to live music. Many famous people, including Dylan Thomas, Walter Sickert and Amy Winehouse, have made Camden their home.

Camden has a labyrinth of open-air markets and other stores that will keep even the keenest shoppers busy, such as:

  • Camden Lock Market – selling crafts, books, clothing, jewellery and fast food.
  • Camden Lock Village – clothing and accessories, as well as a range of unusual items.
  • Camden Market – originally named Buck Street, this market sells fashion for all tastes.
  • Inverness Street Market – a few of the original fruit stands remain but most have been taken over by footwear and souvenir stalls.
  • Stables Market – a mix of permanent shops and stalls selling household items, antiques, alternative clothing and food.

There is also an indoor fashion market at the Electric Ballroom, which is only open on Sundays.

You’ll find food from around the globe at Camden’s many eateries and street vendors. If you’re planning to catch a performance, the Roundhouse has a great pre-theatre menu. Check out Italian treats at TruffleseccoMasala Zone’s delicious Indian dishes or pan-Asian cuisine at Gilgamesh, where you can stay on to enjoy the trendy bar and club.

Camden restaurant, bar and nightspot Shaka Zulu serves South African cuisine and entertains guests throughout the evening with live music and dance.

You’re never far from a bar in Camden. Try Scottish import BrewDog, the legendary Dublin Castle on Parkway or The World’s End opposite Camden Town Tube station (Northern line). Look for local beers from Camden Town brewery in nearby pubs.