One of the reasons I absolutely love visiting London is because it is a place full of nooks and crannies filled with little gems. Even if we haven’t experienced them in person we’ve all seen photos of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, a red London bus, a black cab. But there is so much more to the big city.
Sometimes it’s just nice to wander aimlessly around an area and see what little gems you find along the way. The picture above isn’t a church as it originally appears, but a block of apartments. And the one below is the entrance to a group of residential houses just up the road from Highgate Cemetery. All in the heart of the city.
These are just some of the wonders I experienced en route to Camden Market the other Sunday. Now I’ve been to markets both here and abroad. I love the fresh produce in the farmer’s market in our local town, and the colourful variety of goods available in the French markets. But my first visit to Camden Market gave me a truly unique experience.
Set beside Camden Lock, an evening here really doesn’t do it justice. The market stretches far and wide and it would be easy to spend a day, or even a day or a couple of days, exploring the eclectic selection of stalls that sell anything from vintage clothing to homemade jewellery.
There are plenty of food stalls offering refreshments from around the world. We ate Peruvian chicken, while daughter enjoyed a Thai green curry with sticky rice. And if you are looking for somewhere to rest up while you eat, these fixed mopeds with a view across the canal offer a comfortable alternative to the wide array of tables and chairs.
If you’re looking for something a little different I’d certainly recommend a trip to Camden Market, but be prepared for crowds. It certainly can get busy. The market is open 7 days week from 10:00am to 6:00pm. You can find out more information about the market including how to get there at http://www.camden-market.org/