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Camden Town is a sea of entertainment. It overflows with a variety of colourful markets, shops, restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and cinemas. The town attracts enormous crowds of Londoners and tourists alike.

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Camden Lock Market
, by the canal, was the original craft market, established in 1974, but now has a much wider spectrum of goods on sale. Both this and the ever popular Camden Stables Market - centre of the alternative fashion scene, Camden (Buck Street) Market, the recently improved Camden Lock Villageand Inverness Street Market - which thrived on local trade long before tourists discovered Camden, are all open every day, making the area well worth a mid-week visit. But it is at the weekend that the market scene jumps fully into life with all stalls and shops at the markets fully trading. The indoor fashion market at the Electric Ballroom opens on Sunday only.

There is always something happening in the centre of Camden Town. Multitudes of shops and restaurants spill out on to the busy Main Streets. Days in Camden start slow and easy - shops and stalls open around 10am usually until 6pm, although some traders do stay open later. In the evening the theatres, bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants continue to swing until at least 11pm.

You can get to Camden by tube on the Northern line. Many people travel to Camden Town station itself, but a good alternative is to alight at Chalk Farm, which is also close to the markets. At the weekend catching the bus is a better option than taking your car because, as in most parts of London, parking spaces are few and far between. A walk along the pretty canal towpath from Regent's Park will also take you into the middle of the markets.

On this website you should be able to find most of the general information you need before visiting the Camden Markets. More information about the different market areas can be found using the buttons in the menu on the left. As far as detailed information about particular businesses is concerned, quite a few Camden businesses are now sponsoring this site and these are listed with a description in the business directory which appears on the right-hand side of most of our webpages; locations of these businesses are shown on our maps and links to their websites are given when they have one. Please help us by supporting these sponsors and maybe encourage others to be listed to help future visitors to this site find what they want in Camden.

More about opening days:
Over the past few years the phenomenon of Camden Market has moved from being a weekend only affair to a seven days a week operation and the number of visitors on weekdays has gradually increased. By coming on a weekday you miss the crowds but not all the stalls are open. But remember all of the main streets shops are open 7 days, as are most of the shop units in the Market areas of Stables and Camden Lock and Camden Lock Village.

Camden Lock Market is part of Camden Market
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