London Through the Looking Glass: Camden Market

“I’ve no grand designs to conquer the music industry, but I’d love to be able to tell my mates that I’m playing in a pub in Camden one night.” – Luke Treadaway

Punks, Rastas, Madness, Winehouse, The Libertines, Britpop, the list goes on. Camden is one of London’s most bustling cultural hubs – and at its centre stands Camden Market, loud and proud. From the music stalls to the Mod clobber; the world food court, the boutiques, the shisha stands, the lock and beyond – Camden Market is a special place indeed.

If you’re thinking of moving to the area or checking out the market and you don’t know much it, allow us to enlighten you with these amazing Camden-based facts…

Camden lock

1. Camden Market started in 1974. While Camden Market is the original market, the one that stands next to Regent’s Canal, there are at least six others between Camden Town to Chalk Farm. These are Camden Lock, Camden Stables Market, Canal Market, Buck Street Market, Inverness Street Market, and the one inside Electric Ballroom. So, in fact there are several Camden Markets, in a sense.

2. In the 19th century, the area from Camden Lock to the Roundhouse was thriving with gin distilleries and warehouses. A train packed with gin left Camden each day, the bottles of the crystal clear booze destined for exotic locations the world over.

3. Despite people saying it a lot, there is no official ‘Camden Lock’. In fact, the name refers to an part of the market next to three waterways with dual locks. Built in the 19th century, these locks are part of the Regent’s Canal;,Hampstead Lock, Hawley Lock and Kentish Town Lock.

4. Camden Market is known for its food. The first ever food stall opened in the Camden Market belonged to June Foulds, an Olympic sprinter who ran in the 100 metres relay in the 1952 and 1956 games, winning bronze and silver.

5. Camden Market has been ranked as London’s fourth-largest attraction with around 100,000 people visiting the stalls and shops every weekend. Yes, that’s a lot of people.

6. Several prolific writers lived near the market of the years. These include George Orwell, Mary Shelley, and Charles Dickens.

7. The Camden Roundhouse is situated right next to the Stables Market and was once part of a railway network. It was built in 1847 as housing for a turntable, which was used to turn train engines around at the end of the line. In the 1960s it was converted into a music venue which is still as popular today. It’s one of the best in town too.

If you’re looking for an alternative slice of London; food you’ve never tried before; a one of a kind garment; a special gift, or an experience you’ll never forget, a visit to Camden is essential.

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