It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Camden Lock is one of the world’s most famous markets. The now iconic retail destination started life as a cluster of craft workshops by the Regent’s Canal and has evolved to become one of London’s most important nerve centres of artisan creativity and trading.
The Market is packed to the gunnels with stalls trading in handmade clothes and jewellery, music memorabilia, objects from ages past and authentic food from far flung locations. Some advice: commit the 12-point Camden trivia below to memory, your pub quiz team will thank you, one day… probably.
- Camden Lock was one of London’s first crafts and antiques markets and retains its original focus as the principle Camden market for crafts. Make a bee line here for handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.
- Every year 28 million visitors descend on the waterside retail site to experience the unique atmosphere and stock up on the eclectic wares on sale.
- Childhood friends and business partners Dr. Bill Fulford and Peter Wheeler are the original market founders. In early 1972 they bought what was then a run-down timber yard belonging to T. E. Dingwalls, and transformed the site that’s now known as Camden Lock Market.
- In 1973 a wine merchant called John Armit and his business partner Tony Mackintosh were responsible for turning the ‘run-down packaging warehouse’ beside the canal into Dingwalls Dance Hall and the venue was soon a notorious haunt for punk-rockers.
- Camden Lock doesn’t actually exist – the waterways flanking the market are three dual locks built in the early 1800s as part of the Regent’s Canal.