22 September 2014

In the heart of London there is a place buzzing with energy and life. It is a place of free expression that celebrates creativity and the spirit of youth. This place is Camden Town, a place spoken about around the world and one of London’s busiest attractions.

Camden Camden - an inner city district of London. Photo by Wiehahn Diedericks

Camden Town is situated next to the beautiful Camden Lock, a small canal that flows through Central London. The area on which Camden Town stands now was originally part of the Manor of Kentish Town, which dates back to the early 13th century. In the 18th century, a politician and lawyer known as Sir Charles Pratt obtained the Manor via marriage. In 1791 he granted numerous leases that lead to many houses being built on the property and, eventually, the start of the Camden Market.

Today it is synonymous with London’s alternative culture. Walk down the street as one of thousands of people, the sidewalks filled to the brim with both locals and tourists. There is a large variety of unique and visually striking stores to visit, each one providing something vastly different than the next. Dare to enter Cyberdog, an alternative clothing store selling merchandise that seems like it is straight from a sci-fi movie, catering to a culture informally known as “Cybergoths”. Visit The Electric Ballroom, one of London’s most iconic music venues. It is the primary location of many live music shows and a venue that has hosted a string of world renowned bands such as U2, Madness, The Clash and many, many more.

Camden’s greatest attraction, though, is undoubtedly its large and vibrant market. This energetic and lively place provides all kinds of goods that will satisfy any spending happy visitor’s needs. If you are feeling peckish there are hundreds of food stalls that sell generous portions of mouth watering dishes at very reasonable prices. If you have already eaten, do not fret, the journey is long from over. You will find stalls that offer anything and everything, from vintage cameras to jewellery, and hair stylists to palm readers.

If you are young at heart and enjoy experiencing the alternative culture of a city then London’s Camden Town is the place you will want to go.

Wiehahn Diederichs

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” Travel has opened my mind and soul and has filled me with an insatiable thirst and curiosity for life. My passion for travel is fuelled by my love for photography and writing. Through these mediums of expression I hope to inspire people to follow their hearts and see the world. There is an entire planet filled with a variety of people and experiences waiting for us to meet them.