Camden seems to be one of those areas in London that is like nothing else. There is a crazy variety of people and markets which make for a very interesting day out. You will need at least a whole day to truly discover the many markets located in and around Camden Town.
Camden Market, along the Camden Lock and Camden High Street, is full of colourful vintage clothes, bric-a-brac, winter coats, neon sunglasses, skull jewellery, and cheap jeans and T-shirts. The markets are open every day of the week and sometimes it is better to go on a weekday to have a decent look around. Most Saturdays are packed to the brim with your standard selection of locals, the rockers, the punks, the odd celebrity (apparently), and the excited tourists creating a squishy hustle and bustle.
The nearby Inverness Street Market and Camden Lock Village are also full of similar stalls of crafts, clothes, and trinkets.
On Chalk Farm Road only a short walk away is the newly renovated Stables Market, a burrow of fashion stalls, accessories and delicious food and drink stalls. The Stables Markets are only open on the weekend and quickly become crowded with tourists flocking to the partially undercover cobblestone alleyways.
How to get to Camden Markets
The Camden Markets are situation in Camden Town, North-West London (Zone 2).
Tube – Camden Town and Chalk farm (both on the Northern line) are the nearest tube stations. It is only a 10-15 minute trip from the centre of London.
Overground – Camden Road overground station is the closest overground station on the Richmond-Stratford overground line.
Cycle – There are many Barclays Cycle Hire Docks in the Camden Town area if you decide to cycle. There are several cycle routes nearby and locations to park your own bike.
Bus – 24, 27, 29, 31, 135, 135, 168, 214, 253, 274 and C2 are the buses that pass close to the markets. Please see the Transport for London website for further information.
Car – parking is very limited.
Waterbus – a regular canal trips leave Little Venice for Camden Lock during the spring and summer months between 10am and 5pm. Tickets are sold on the boat.
Camden Town (local information): http://www.camdentown.co.uk/
Camden Lock (market information): http://www.camdenlock.net/
Barclays Cycle Hire: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/15150.aspx
Water Bus: http://londonwaterbus.co.uk/timetable.html