Tuesday, 31 January 2012
There's nothing like a market to get you in a spending mood. And there seems to be a fair few markets in London. We visited the famous Portobello Road markets first off but were disappointed with it. Despite having a fairly reliable source say it opened at about 8 in the morning at almost 10 in the morning half the stalls were either empty or only half set up. Not really the kind of market you feel like strolling through. After a bit of a walk through we decided to head to the Camden markets to try our luck there. This time we weren't disappointed. The markets seemed endless. They're set along Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road in a number of different areas, some inside and some through narrow winding alleys that just made the whole place cooler. You could become completely lost, but not be bored by the different things and people to see at every turn. If you're after the kind of market that is only second hand clothes and goods, you're much better off at the Portobello Road market, but the Camden market sold clothes, jewellery, accessories and all kinds of bits and pieces as well as great food! Even Dave enjoyed the hours we spent there which is really the biggest recommendation I can give to the place considering he's a bit of a shopping-and-crowded-places-phobe. And it was crowded! By the time we left in the early afternoon, solid masses of people spread out of all the market areas on to the footpath of the street and well up the road. In all, a good day out!