I know that just about anybody who has been to London is familiar with the markets in Camden Town. It is reputedly the 4th visitor attraction of London. Back when I visited it for the first time (1971?), it was only open on the weekend, but for a long time now, it has operated every day of the week. Saturday is a total mob scene, so I was happy to be able to go there on a Tuesday last week. I know that my photos are going to look like the photos that everybody has taken already, but it's my turn to be a tourist, so I hope that you will be indulgent.
I used to think it was quite far out of the centre, but back in the old days, I thought that anything outside of the Circle Line was on the fringe of the suburbs. This time I felt that it was much more central because I was staying in Hammersmith, which is not at all the ends of the earth either but far enough to prevent me from getting a zone 1 oyster card.
Camden High Street was its usual delightful mess of totally crappy shops for tourists and tattoo parlours.
I'm not sure if London benefits from any urban design rules or an architectural code.
But of course this little section is of no interest. There was much more to explore.
The last time I went to London, I regretted not having enough time to go to Camden. Well, now I'm glad I didn't -- I'd go nuts with the crowds and the same junk everywhere. So thank you for taking these pictures.
My first thought on seeing many pics of England or N America is that people are a lot fatter than they used to be. Is it the huge number of eating places everywhere? Can't they walk around for a couple of hours without stopping to eat?
Although I have not been to Camden Market for many many years, I am pleasantly surprised by your excellent photos Kerouac and totally agree with Mossie that the shops seemed to have improved a lot. The closest we got this year was driving past it on top of a double-decker. You saved me all the trouble of going there Kerouac, and did one hell-of-a-job walking around and photographing so many interesting things!
Thanks for the great photos, Kerouac. It appears you really captured the place well. I can't, for the life of me, imagine what people get out of visiting places like that. I'd run for the hills as the first sight of all that crap and the huge crowds of people. I was wondering how I'd cope and then had to laugh at Fumobici's comment. I'd go more for a stiff, high quality, bourbon on the rocks to get me through.
I'd run for the hills as the first sight of all that crap and the huge crowds of people. I was wondering how I'd cope and the had to laugh at Fumobici's comment. I'd go more for a stiff, high quality, bourbon on the rocks to get me through.
Sometimes in photos there always seems more people than there really are - Yes, you definitely want to avoid Camden on weekends but if you stick to the canal area where the lock is, it can be fun observing the narrow boats coming and going without feeling claustrophobic. The trip down the canal to Little Venice is delightful but needs time. If Kerouac had walked from the lock along the canal - in the opposite direction to Primrose Hill, he would have come to my recent garden visit of Camley Street Natural Park.
I have just finished going through the essay for the third time! There were so many interesting aspects to this Market from the architecture to the eclectic shops, the food choices, the ethnic diversity, the sculptures, statues, carvings... My goodness!
My favorite photo was the one showing the wood carving over a door way, another was the horses breaking through the walls.
Although I do not do well in crowds, I think I will attempt this in future.