Camden Market is a major youth focused market or shopping district in Camden Town, and the largest shopping area of its type in London, England. It is a leading tourist attraction which attracts tens of thousands of people a day in the summer, a high proportion of them overseas visitors to the UK. It began in its present form in 1974 when the Camden Lock crafts market was formed, although the traditional local street market in Inverness Street, which has now been absorbed by Camden Market, existed before that.
It consists of six separate neighbouring markets:
Camden Lock Market – the original crafts focused market, established in 1974 – Mostly indoors.
Stables Market – the largest of the markets. Mainly clothes and furniture, plus many other bits and pieces.
Camden Canal Market – an outdoor market focusing on clothes.
Buck Street Market – another outdoor market focusing on clothes.
Electric Ballroom – an indoor market open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Inverness Street – a small traditional street market.
On 9 February 2008 a huge fire engulfed the market area centuring on the Camden Canal Market, to the east of Chalk Farm Road.