After a busy first day in London and good night’s sleep, we woke up feeling somewhat refreshed and eager to explore the city. The weather was nice, so we decided to head to Camden Town to shop at the famous Camden Markets. I don’t care how tacky and touristy these open-air markets can be, I like the place and the people. Besides, the last time we were in London, I bought some cool t-shirts and a pair of Doc Marten’s shoes there, and I was secretly hoping to find other good bargains—I love funky t-shirts and tank tops.
Camden Town is the location of several adjoining street markets, including Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Village, Buck Street Market, Electric Ballroom and Inverness Street Market. They are all so close to each other that you don’t really notice any difference between the locations, and they all sell a mix of crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, and fast food. This is a major attraction in London and the place is usually packed, but that day most Londoners and tourists were watching the cycling road race in the downtown core.
Past Camden Lock Village, we stumbled upon the Historic Stables Market that we somehow missed last time. The market is located in the former Pickfords stables and horse hospital which served the horses pulling Pickford’s distribution vans and barges along the canal. The place was a maze and it felt a bit claustrophobic at times but I found some nice little souvenirs—and yes, I bought two t-shirts and a dress for a total of £18.
Feng and I were both surprised to see that none of the stalls had bootleg Olympic merchandises—in 2008, in Beijing, people were selling unofficial t-shirts right in front of the Olympic Village!
You can see all the pictures taken in London on Flickr.