Camden Lock Market, London
Camden Lock Market at the north end of Camden Town in North London.
Visiting Camden Lock Market
A band keeping the punters happy during lunch time drinkies on the opposite side of the canal. The market is in the background.
Camden Lock Market is eclectic, anarchic, artistic, great value and where old hippies go to die. It’s been bugbog’s favourite ‘street’ market for an embarrassing number of years, actually ever since one of our crew had a ‘funky foot‘ stall there.
The market has now grown exponentially into a vast but still individualistic enterprise that extends to several city blocks and merges into other, newer markets of differing standards.
But remember, the real and original Camden Lock Market starts on the right of the lock as seen in the picture below.
What is Camden Lock?
The actual Camden Lock – also known as Hampstead Road Locks – on Regent’s Canal in north-central London.
The Lock (a lock is a canal water height control system) is still in use and several companies run waterbus services, tourist cruises and private hire trips from Camden Lock around Regent’s Park, stopping at London Zoo and Little Venice. Services operate hourly in spring and summer but mostly at weekends in winter.
The original Camden market is on the right side, across the canal bridge from which the photo was taken.
Market Opening Hours: Open every day from 10: 00am – 6: 00pm (but much less crowded in the morning) except 25 December. Saturday and Sunday have especially original stalls and offerings.
Address: Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AF
Where Camden Lock Market merges into Stables Market.
A Moroccan café, shisha, cous-cous and all.
Cyberdog, the wildest and most futuristic of all the stores in the area. This shop is a LED flashing, mind-expanding, ear-imploding, Matrixian event. Not to be missed.
Genuine, solid, tasty, exotic international food stalls staffed by odd exotic people serving delicious, reasonably priced meals and snacks. Falafel by Israelis, sushi by Japanese, Arepas by Venezuelans…West African, Moroccan and many, many more.
Camden Town High Street on a Saturday afternoon (the busiest time, along with Sunday afternoon), leading from the tube 500m up the street to Camden Lock Market across the bridge, not before!
This lively street is popular with Londoners and tourists alike as it offers slightly down-market alternative fashions, music and quirky shops at generally good prices. It’s on an easy tube and bus route but is also located within walking distance of London’s famous green hill, Hampstead Heath, so makes a terrific day away from the more conventional streets of central London.