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London, England, United Kingdom
February 4, 2013
From journal Things to do in London - Part Two
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
September 13, 2011
From journal Fun times in London Town
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
May 28, 2011
The London Bucket,
High in London
London, United Kingdom
July 1, 2001
The biggest is the Camden Stables, once a horse hospital for horses injured while working on the canals. Now it's mostly a clothes market, with hundreds of stalls and small permanent shops. A lot of the clothes are cheap Indian or Nepalese imports, but there are also some very interesting designers selling their own work - it's a great place to come for reasonably priced, original stuff. There's also lots of food stalls, selling (actually quite expensive, often) hot dogs, fruit on sticks, etc. In addition, there are also a number of very interesting stalls selling wooden things – I got a lovely wooden chess board here for my brother about a year ago, which is inlaid with different types of wood and beautifully made. It cost about £50 – not cheap, but for something so well-made, a bargain. The market is open every day, although there are more stalls at the weekends.
Camden Lock is a lovely site for a market – it runs along the Regent’s Canal, and you can get on a boat for a quick trip up and down here, if you like. The market is arranged over a series of open courtyards, and a hall. The hall is beautiful – there is the main downstairs part on the ground floor, and then a balcony around the first floor with more stalls and shops. There is a huge variety of stuff sold in this market – a lot of books, some art work and photography, aromatherapy, cheap clothes, cheap jewellery. You can get your fortune or horoscope told, and get henna tattoos done. It’s a fun, happening place. The market is open every day, although there are more stalls at the weekends.
To get to the markets, you can take a bus up to Camden from Holborn, Euston, Trafalgar Square, etc, or take the tube. At weekends, Camden Town tube is exit only, owing to pressure of numbers, so you can get off the tube here but not get back on. To travel out of the area, walk to Chalk Farm tube (slightly to the north of the markets) or Mornington Crescent (slightly to the south.) All of these are on the Northern Line. You can also travel by mainline train to Camden station. Driving is a very bad idea – parking is scarce and expensive, and there are so many people on the road it doesn’t feel much fun to drive through them!
From journal The greatest city in the world - London
by captain kait
Houghton, New York
May 22, 2005
Two buildings house stalls of artisans, booksellers, and more, but that is just the beginning. Long walkways stretch between the areas and are lined with vintage clothing, music shops, world goods, and trendy boutiques. Each tent, pavilion, or stall has a specialty, from military apparel to wooden furniture to pop-culture iconography. One shop deep within the market blasts pumping techno music and offers the wildest fashions for clubbing - think spikes, huge foam, fluorescent colors, and skimpy syles, worth a trip simply to broaden your horizons.
The main food area offers pavilion-style seating and any type of food you could desire. There is also a corridor of mainly Asian cuisines whose sellers will accost all passerbys. However, if you arrive at the right time, around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, they are trying to get rid of their day's food and will offer you drastic reductions. In the colder times of year, mulled wine, a British classic, is always a good choice. Or grab a fresh crepe (plain nutella are the cheapest, but classic and absolutely delicious) served folded into a cup to tear off bites with your fingers as you browse. Exploring this market takes some time, but if you have an afternoon to wander the stalls, it is a beautiful location and a place to find more than the tourist trap shopping.
From journal Semester in London
June 22, 2000
From journal London: City of Love?
February 17, 2005
Black Gull Books is a great little store outside the main square of the Lock Market. Piled outside on wooden shelves, you can find secondhand books from astrophysics to gay photography. Turning inside, there are yet more wooden shelves, all neatly arranged according to topic. The store is quite small, but they have a fantastic range of books and have an especially well-stocked art and photography section.
The few times I've been in here, the staff has been helpful and has pointed me in the right direction for a particular book. Another great thing about Black Gull Books is that when you're done, you can pop outside to the market, get some fresh gyoza (Japanese dumplings) and a mango smoothie, and settle down to enjoy your find. Many lazy afternoons have passed in this agreeable way.
From journal Bookwormer's London
August 3, 2005
The following markets are all located in Camden and are open most days of the week. Camden Canal is only open on weekends.
The first market you will come across is like a flea market, selling T-shirts, CDs, funky clothing, and boots. Shop carefully, and shop around, as most stores offer the same merchandise as those around them. Here I found some inexpensive T-shirts (for London).
Walking up the main street, you come to the Camden Stables, where Cyberdog is located. This store is a tourist attraction in its own right, its interior decor reminiscent of a space-ship. The clothing is very pricey but very unique and cool clubwear. For those of us with a depreciating currency, the sale rack is fantastic. This is their main store. Note: no photography is allowed.
For goths, the most famous store is the Black Rose, which sells very traditional goth finery. It is located in the Stables. I found their merchandise dated, but some people still wear this style. For other styles in goth fashion, check out Darkside on the main street. Prices are high, but London offers the best goth shopping in the world. There is also an Illig store tucked into one of the markets, provided that Illig is still in business.
Along High Street, many stores offer the ubiquitous Doc Maarten in every possible color, along with the other big shoe brands, Swears and New Rocks.
For more goth shopping tips, this site is awesome. I used it to plan my trip to London.
From journal Weekends in London
New York, New York
July 31, 2001
About half a mile away, you can escape the madness of the markets and head up to Primrose Hill. I was told that it offers one of the best views of London, and that turned out to be true. Among the people walking their dogs, playing with their kids, and romancing each other, we sat for a while and enjoyed this somewhat hidden treasure.
From Primrose Hill, you can head to nearby Regent Park and Zoo or take the Tube (Chalk Farm) back to downtown.
From journal Long London Weekend
Inverness Market is different from the others in Camden – it sells pretty much only fruit and veg. The produce on sale is of a high quality, and there’s a massive choice – if it grows in soil, or on a tree, you can buy it there! There are also a number of small shops selling good, rare, or expensive foods – organic honey, fine cheeses, home-cured meats – that type of thing. A very interesting place to visit.
The Camden Canal market isn’t one I know well – I’ve only popped in there once. There seem to be quite a lot of exotic take-away stalls, including a great noodle bar one I can recommend. There is also the usual mix of cheap imported clothes and jewellry. I believe this place is only open at the weekend.
Buck Street Market, which is open every day, sells mostly clothes. There is a mixture of stuff available here – most of the stalls sell 5 pound polyester tops in bright colours, cheap Nike tops, wrap-around skirts, etc, but there’s also some much more unusual stuff. There are a few people selling unique stuff they’ve designed themselves, often very eclectic and interesting. I’ve got a shirt I bought from here which is blue silk, with a white lace over-shirt attached – it’s beautiful and well-made, and very unusual. There are also a couple of shops selling vintage clothes – 50s leather jackets, 20s dress shirts and the like, which are fun to browse through.