One of the most famous markets in London both for cutting-edge and vintage clothes and accessories as well as arts, crafts and bric-a-brac.
Camden Market is one of London's most popular spots, attracting a phenomenal 100,000 visitors every weekend. The market is only one stop from King's Cross, making it an easy stop off for Eurostar travellers. The nicest way to arive is by canal. Take a boat from Maida Vale, getting off at Camden Lock which is in the heart of the market, or rather several markets, made up of hundreds of small stalls selling mostly clothes and accessories - either cutting edge or vintage as well as some hand-made arts and crafts.
There is no shortage of places to eat and the choice is withourt limit. There are small restuarants or English pubs on the High Street where you can sit down and have a proper meal, or you can grab something more exotic - Thai, Chinese or whatever, while you're on the move. Until the 1870s, Camden town was merely a byroad into London until Regent's Canal brought commerce to the area, with the construction of hundreds of warehouses and production lines. But when shipping became too expensive from the mid 19th century onwards, the area fell into decay, until somebody had the idea of creating an arts and crafts market.
Camden is renowned for its lively music scene, with famous venues including the Electric Ballroom, Proud Nightclub and the Roundhouse. Beginning in the 1930s when Irish immigrants settled in the area, bringing their traditional music, to the rock and roll scene of the 1960s, it is the birthplace of Britpop.