The Camden Markets are a number of adjoining markets in Camden Town near the Hampstead Road Lock, off the Regent's Canal (which is usually called Camden Lock). Together they're collectively called "Camden Market" or "Camden Lock". The stalls sell crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, fast food, and other paraphernalia. Camden Market is the fourth most popular visitor attraction in London, pulling in approximately 100,000 people each weekend.
It began in its present form in 1974 when the Camden Lock Crafts Market was formed. There was a small local food market in Inverness Street long before that; as of 2009 the market retains only three fruit and vegetable stalls in addition to stalls like those in the other markets. During the 1980s the market left its hippy roots behind and focused more on contemporary fashions (it was 'the' place to acquire used Levi 501s with holes in the knees). Veggie curry was a regular fixture for decades - but now the market has expanded to cater for the increasing interest in London streetfood.
Walk along the cobbled Camden Lock Passage, then turn into Middle Yard or the further West Yard - and you can sample a range of streetfoods from the four corners of the Earth. Freshly prepared & cooked, this area of the market also favours the more individual stall holders - you're likely to find something unique here. So if you've a hankering for Spanish Tapas at Sol y Sombra, chapati wraps, African cassava, Turkish falafel or highly authentic Japanese sushi - detour away from the pressing herd & discover an [almost] hidden gem. Thirty-five to forty food stallholders are open Thurs-Sun throughout the year, and every day from March-October. (See the map below showing the West Yard).