Camden Area Guide
Camden is well known for its markets: Camden Lock market started in a former timber-yard in 1973 and is now surrounded by five more markets. The markets are a major tourist attraction, particularly at weekends, selling goods of all types including fashion, lifestyle, food and antiques; they and the surrounding shops are extremely popular with those searching for ‘alternative’ clothing and goods.
The Regent's Canal runs through the north end of Camden Town. Many of the handrails by the bridges show deep marks worn by the towropes by which horses pulled canal barges until the 1950s. The towpath is a pedestrian and cycle route which runs continuously from Little Venice through Camden Lock to the Islington Tunnel. Canal-boat trips along the canal from Camden Lock are popular, particularly in summer with a regular waterbus service operating along the Regent's Canal from Camden Lock heading westwards around Regent's Park, calling at London Zoo and on towards Maida Vale.
The famous Roundhouse is a locomotive engine roundhouse constructed in 1847. It later had various uses and eventually became derelict. It was converted to a music venue in the 1960s, later closed, and re-opened in 2006 as a theatre and music venue.
Beryl Bainbridge lived in Albert Street, Alan Bennett lived in Gloucester Crescent for many years, Poet Dylan Thomas owned a house in Delancey Street and jazz singer Amy Winehouse lived in Camden Town and was a regular visitor. Charles Dickens, a one time resident of Camden, placed various characters in his stories there, such as the Micawbers in David Copperfield.
Camden Town Underground station on the Northern Line is near the markets and other attractions. Camden Road is a London Overground station at the corner of Royal College Street and Camden Road.