Camden Shopfronts

Camden

Camden is one of my favourite places in London. It’s not a place I would like to live in, I don’t go shopping there, and I only visit it maybe once a year these days. I used to go there more often when I lived nearby, a few years ago, usually for dinner in one of the many restaurants.

Camden

So, why do I call it one of my favourite places, then?

I think Camden epitomises the spirit of London: the heady mix of old and new, refined and eccentric… well maybe more eccentric than refined in this particular case. Camden is in-your-face, unapologetic and gritty; yet no other area in London captures that unique tolerance that welcomes everyone – whoever they are – quite as well.

Camden

Camden

Camden

And then there are the absolutely wacky 3D shop facades on Camden High Street, of course… Yes, Punk is very much alive and well, at least in Camden Town…

I hope you enjoyed our brief ‘walk’

Tiina

Linking up with BonnieCamilaAmy and Jessi for

Travel Tuesday

22 Comments

  1. Natalia Lialina
    September 12, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    Amazing! I've never heard about this area of London before. Thank you for this unexpected treasure! 🙂

    • Tiina L
      September 13, 2014 / 11:27 am

      Yes, Camden is a must for anyone visiting London, if for nothing else than people watching and restaurants…

  2. Caity O'Shaughnessy
    September 12, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    I love Camden so much! Such a cool area, you find so many different things around there – they have a mural on John Lennon up there right now that I'm obsessed with!

    • Tiina L
      September 13, 2014 / 11:28 am

      Yes, I saw that mural, I think I even took a photo of it… Lets see if i can find it and fit it into my next post on Camden…

  3. Val S
    September 13, 2014 / 4:04 am

    Oh my god! I've got to go there next time I'm in London! I've never seen anything like it. It looks like there are a lot of shoe shops, or at least a lot of giant shoes on walls. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

    • Tiina L
      September 13, 2014 / 11:33 am

      It's a definitely a place you should see, but I think the shoe shops are far less interesting than they look like from the outside… However, the original Dr Martens shop is there, too.

  4. Jamie Gunter
    September 16, 2014 / 7:20 am

    I just went to Camden for the first time the past weekend and LOVED it! Such a cool area and I love the ecclectic vibe!

    • Tiina L
      September 16, 2014 / 7:27 pm

      I agree, and so many great restaurants, too…

  5. Cynthia
    September 16, 2014 / 7:26 am

    Camden looks so interesting! Definitely looking forward to visiting the next time I'm in London. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Tiina L
      September 16, 2014 / 7:29 pm

      Yes, it's an interesting place, and so different from any other area in London. Definitely worth a visit.

  6. Jessi P
    September 16, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    I love those shopfronts – Camden is such a fun area!

    • Tiina L
      September 16, 2014 / 7:29 pm

      Yes, the shopfronts are impressive, and huge… how they stay up, I don't know…

  7. uvulisp
    September 16, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Oh man! I'm so sad I missed Camden when I was in London. I definitely have to check this neighborhood out next time I'm there!Hsiao-Ting (www.shoutingchow.com)

    • Tiina L
      September 16, 2014 / 7:32 pm

      There's a lot more to Camden than the highstreet. I'm going to have a longer post in a few weeks when I can sort out all my photos (a bit busy with work, less time for blogging…)

  8. Natalye
    September 16, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    These shop fronts remind me of East Tennessee, where they have a super long street with all of these big bold shopfronts. I think it's a little tacky, but it sure does make things interesting!

    • Tiina L
      September 16, 2014 / 7:33 pm

      That's interesting… Yes, in a way it's tacky, but in Camden that's sort of part of the charm. London is a bit gritty in places…

  9. Camila
    September 18, 2014 / 2:23 am

    So fun! Could you believe I had actually never seen a shop front from Camden before? I had only seen pictures from the market and it seemed eccentric enough – but this is even more quirky and odd! I hope to get to walk around the borough when I'm in London in a few weeks!

    • Tiina L
      September 18, 2014 / 5:44 pm

      Oh, Camden market is a must-see… I*m actually preparing a post on it, maybe in a few weeks…

  10. Diana DeGzz
    September 19, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    I had never seen or heard of Camden, it does look very alternativeish.. thx for sharing!

    • Tiina L
      September 19, 2014 / 3:39 pm

      Well, if you're ever in London, Camden is a great place to visit. And it has great restaurants, too…

  11. Amy @ Amy and the Great World
    September 21, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    We stayed in Camden for one night while in London. It wasn't my favorite part of London but I really liked it! It had a funky vibe, I think 🙂

    • Tiina L
      September 22, 2014 / 8:01 am

      That's the best thing about London: there are so many different neighbourhoods to explore, and a short bus ride can take you from something very funky and alternative to traditional and refined…

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