Getting to Know Camden Town
If you are the sort of person that has a thing for diversity and you qualify yourself as having eclectic tastes, Camden Town is the place to be. North of the centre of London, Camden is a symbol of alternative lifestyle, art, music, and a mixture of cultures and foods all gathered in a unique district.
Looking back at Camden’s history, visitors would be interested to find out that it has been a residential area since the 1790s, but it was only the development of the Grand Union Canal and the improved railway transport that turned Camden into the vibrant part of London that is nowadays. This way, Camden’s industry, the main source of the economy at the time, has been gradually replaced by service industries such as retail, tourism and entertainment.
Open air markets and retail outlets are probably the main attraction among tourists, who will get lost among the myriad of stalls and products on offer: crafts, books, alternative clothing, jewellery, antiques, unusual items and, of course, souvenirs.
From vintage to futuristic designs, eager shoppers will be on cloud nine when exploring Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Village, Inverness Street Market and, especially for fashion victims, Electric Ballroom – bear in mind it is only open on Sundays.
But Camden has a lot more to offer than just shopping. Have a stroll by Regent’s Canal, feast your eyes upon the beautiful buildings, listen to live music and soak up Camden’s bustling atmosphere.
Art lovers are not going to be deceived by Camden as it is packed full with great galleries. Check out The Cob Gallery for art exhibitions as well as the Camden Arts Centre for a wide range of modern visual arts. For contemporary photography visit the Proud Camden. Finally, if you have an interest in Jewish history and life, drop by the Jewish Museum.
If so much activity makes you feel peckish, no worries. You are in the right place to try food from around the globe at Camden’s many eateries and street vendors. Travellers of the world, there is no other district like Camden. Make sure you don’t miss it on your next trip to London!