Camden is, without doubt, one of the most iconic and famous boroughs of London. The intense and irreplaceable appeal of Camden is not only due to the numerous trendy pubs and bars that line the streets, many of which have live music blasting out into the early hours, but also because of the area’s legendary market scene.
Whilst Camden is essentially considered as a ‘young person’s’ borough of London, the Camden Stables Market appeals to people of all ages. You can buy vintage clothes of yesteryear, keep up with the very latest fashion or even delve into alternative style, making the Stables one of the most varied places to shop in London. In fact, around 700 shops and stalls trade at the Stables Market at the weekend but nowadays many of the shops are open seven days per week.
Camden Stables Market is located in the historic former Pickfords Stables and horse hospital, which, in bygone days, tended to the horses that pulled Pickford’s distribution vans along the canal.
The market has recently been improved and extended with many more traders appearing, particularly in the north end, close to the old catacombs and the arches.
Some of the new traders are from abroad and their goods are often unusual, making this a truly interesting international market of atmosphere, colour and vibrancy.
Augmenting the character and history of the area even further is the huge bronze statues which are dotted around the market, emphasising the previous use of this area of Camden. These fascinating statues provide plentiful reminders that this was once the place where all the horses that worked on the canal were housed and fed.
Aside vintage clothes and unique treasures on an international scale, food is at the heart of Camden Stables Market. You can try Mediterranean, Asian, American, or good old English food, in fact you can eat the food from virtually whatever country you want here in this multi-national cosmopolitan market.
So asides shopping for some remarkable clothing, crafts, collectables, antiques and much more, it is also worth popping in to Camden Stables Market just for the incredible choice of food!