Exploring London: Camden Town

Camden Dragon

Personal Experience

In the twenty years of my life I have never come across any place more pleasant than the in
tense and infamous Camden Town. There are many kinds of attractions in London. For example, you can take an amble through the winding streets of West Hampstead, or, if you’re feeling fit, take a stroll through the immense Primrose hill. But, if you are looking for excitement and vibes you have never witnessed before, you would definitely want to call on Camden.

This is the place where I feel like home. Perhaps, because being an underground shopper myself, I do the kitsch/punk styles that Camden genuinely has to offer. And, if anything, Camden is the home or originality within London. Several celebrities, including the troubled Amy Winehouse, Russell Brand and The Mighty Boosh, originated here. I have several friends from all the areas of London. All of them have different style preferences, and yet they all go to this small area in North London to attain it. Nowadays, Camden has gained more popularity and does not feel as underground as it used to be. However, it still maintains its mysterious and funky vibe that does not seem to want to die.

Where to go?

Vintage
I dare say, this town has something for everyone, ranging from the incredibly preppy, high street H&M to the small Vintage shops that seem to gain more and more credit as the years go by.  There is a vintage store that I believe anyone would fall in love with, including the most doubtful of Vintage!  It is called “episode” and it immediately stands out with a glorious retro 60’s theme, panelled red and orange banner. When you step in, you are immediately taken back by the incredible rustic wooden panels on the floor and the atmosphere is genuinely friendly and warm.  You feel as if you are thrown back into the 60’s where everything was “peace out man…” It’s incredible, but, even me, a sceptic of vintage, happens to like this store. If you really want to stand out from the crowd, this shop is definitely for you!

Techno

Another store is Cyber Dog. Now I must give some caution to those who are prone to loud, pumping techno music, as those who are weak hearted would certainly be shocked when they go inside. Because your heart, quite literally, skips a beat when you are confronted with the insane pumping music and strobe lights from every corner, and you are engulfed in a wash of neon lighting, looking like a glow stick yourself! The dancers, who normally have wicked smiles on their faces, will entrance innocent bystanders with their moves to the crazy techno music, but the gear is top notch. It’s a little pricey, but of incredible quality, and not to mention the funky house that you would definitely adore. The skimpy, yet fluorescent tutu skirts make the quality of modern tutus look shabbier by comparison. The glow sticks, T-shirts and trousers all scream hard core techno/basement funky house, so if you love to rave, well need I say more?

Camden town

Heavy Metal, India and Japan in One Place

Admittedly, the only down side to Camden is that it is crowded with tourists, who have absolutely no sense of direction. Small alleys with tiny shops are filled with trinkets imported from Japan or India. As such, it does become quite stuffy (but nowhere near as stuffy as Oxford Circus).  You can spend hours looking at the merchandise of small stalls that range from Harujuku (Japanese) style small, cute little jewellery, which can be worn by a small child, kitsch necklaces and giant bows, cute dresses and matching belts. In addition, there are plenty of heavy metal attributes, such as crosses and piercings for reasonable prices, all made from Nickel silver, to actual silver. However, the particular stall I believe is the best for ear cuffs and other various piercings is “Susie Silver” which can be found in the Stables market, or the actual Camden market, located at the far end in both markets.

Camden Channel

Gypsy

If you are strapped for cash, the best store to go to is “Namaste”. It is a gypsy style line of clothing, which also offers some kitsch accessories for, quite literally, rock bottom prices. But, it may not be for everybody.

People

Camden has a little bit for everyone, but it is mainly for those with a drive to be original and individual. More often than not, you will come across people who dedicate their lives wearing some of the most magnificent styles which range from the notorious punk/heavy metal genre with stiff spikes shooting to the sky from their scalps, to the most cutest of kitsch styles with retro kitten heels and unique design prints that can only be found within the shops all along the Camden High Street.

Is it any wonder why I fell in love with Camden? I am positive you will feel the same, if you ever come down to check it out!

Written by Elizabeth Tyson

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4 Responses to “Exploring London: Camden Town”
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