Camden is known for its avant garde fashion
designers, cutting edge musicians, talented artists and craftsmen,
exciting clubs and music venues but, above all, it is known
for its markets. The area attracts more than 100,000 people
every weekend who descend on the markets to browse and shop
or just hang out, soak up the atmosphere and meet friends
in the dozens of local bars and restaurants. It is the largest
street market in the UK although actually it is a collection
of six separate markets.
Many of Camden's shops and market stalls
are open throughout the week from about 11am to 6pm.(with
the exception of the Electric Ballroom market - Sundays only
- and Camden Canal Market and the antiques section of Stables
market - both only open at weekends.
Weekdays are a good time to miss out on
the weekend crowds and get down to some serious shopping as
you can browse through the shops without all the hustle and
bustle to distract you.
The only day everything is closed is December
The weekend is the busiest time for
Camden's markets and all the stalls and shops are open from
about 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
You can only really experience the
real atmosphere of Camden on the weekend. The streets are
thronging with people, music blares out from dozens of different
sources along the way, your senses are assaulted with an explosion
of colour from every side while exotic cooking smells entice
from restaurants and food stalls in all directions. It is
very crowded all year round
tube on Sundays
There are so many visitors to Camden on Sundays that Camden Town
underground station is 'exit only' in the afternoons between 1-5pm.
You can get off the train there but you have to leave via Chalk
Farm or Mornington Crescent stations.
See our 'Transport'
page for more information.