Camden Lock Market, London

Camden Lock Market sign, Camden, London, England

Camden Lock Market at the north end of Camden Town in North London.

Visiting Camden Lock Market

A street band in Camden Lock, Camden, London, England

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?

Camden Lock canal, London, England

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

Camden Lock Market

Market Hall, Camden Lock Market, London, England

The origin of the Camden species, Market Hall.

The market was originally just a craft market when it began in 1974, but now offers a wide spectrum of goods ranging from futuristic rave gear at Cyber Dog and other very alternative fashions in the Camden Stables Market along with jewellery – my bizarre portrait of my wife in gold wedding ring came from there – international foods, antique clothes, bric-a-brac and even furniture. But no horses.

The Stables, Camden Lock Market, London, England

Where Camden Lock Market merges into Stables Market.

Moroccan café, Camden Lock Market, London, England

A Moroccan café, shisha, cous-cous and all.

Cyberdog shop, Camden Lock Market, London, England

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

Camden Town High Street, London, England

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.

Getting to Camden Lock Market

By Tube/Underground: Either 500m walk north from Camden Town tube (which gets totally crammed at weekends) or 700m south from Chalk Farm tube. At weekends Camden Town tube may be closed for outgoing travellers due to the vast numbers of visitors arriving. Mornington Crescent tube is another 500m down the High Street past Camden Town and will be open and uncrowded.
Walk up this street from the tube exit, past all the shops and other mediocre market stalls until you cross the canal bridge. Turn left there and start to wander in wonder.

By bus: Camden Town is on the way to many destinations from the centre of London so there’s no shortage of buses.

By bike: It’s a good way to travel there but the area is strangely deficient in Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations. The nearest at the moment is Gloucester Slips Car Park on the north edge of Regents Park.

On Foot: Walk alongside the attractive Regent’s Canal path from Regent’s Park and you will arrive right in the middle of the markets.

By car: There is road parking available but you would have to arrive early to get a slot. Better to take public transport if it’s convenient. If not go early, before 10 am, and look for parking around Chalk Farm tube station.