When you live somewhere, how often is it that you take your town or city for granted? I have lived in London for most of my life and I can honestly say that I have visited more places abroad than I have in London.
I suppose it’s because being on my doorstep I think that I can always visit the many wonderful and amazing places that London has to offer at any time. Well, now it’s time to change that. I am going to see more of what London has to offer and seek out some of the hidden and not so hidden jewels around.
With that in mind, I decided to see what Camden has to offer on a Sunday afternoon.
With the Grand Union Canal, a diverse mix of market stalls and shops, food and music venues, Camden just about ticks every box of things that I like. Walking, tick, browsing, tick, food, tick, music, tick. My one-stop shop for a Sunday afternoons entertainment.
The overground train from Hackney Central to Camden takes around 10 minutes and on a Sunday it’s easy to get a seat. Turn right out of the station and within 5 minutes you are in the heart of Camden Market.
If you are looking to spend the day shopping, you have loads of places to choose from.
Camden Lock Market is a place that sells clothing, jewellery, crafts and food amongst other things. food.
Camden Lock Village has a lot of clothing and accessories sellers.
The Stables Market has a range of shops and stalls that sell antiques, alternative clothing, various household items as well as food.
If you are looking for treats for your feet then take a gander down to the shoe stores in Inverness Street Market.
I decided that my first port of call would be one of the many food stalls that serve dishes from just about every region of the world. English, African, American, South American, Asian, you name it and you will find food from there.
I didn’t want to eat too much as I had plans for later in the afternoon so I just got a glass of lemonade and a Poffertjes which is a Dutch mini pancake that went down a treat!
After spending a leisurely hour or so strolling around, I decided to take the waterbus trip from Camden to Little Venice. Taking around 50 minutes and costing £12 for adults and £9 for over 60’s one way, I proudly flashed my over 60’s Oystercard, got my £3 discount (enough for another glass of lemonade) and boarded.
With a guide on board to tell you about the history of the canal and some of the places passed en-route to Little Venice, it is very good value.
You can find out more about booking at https://www.londonwaterbus.com
On arriving at Little Venice we stopped at the Bridge House Pub for lunch. It had been a while since I had a traditional Sunday roast and I had the works. Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, Roast potatoes, parsnips, all to be washed down with an ice-cold pint of lager shandy.
If you decide to take this trip, you need to be aware that the last waterbus back to Camden departs from Little Venice at 4.30pm. If you do happen to miss that, Warwick Road underground station is just 5 minutes walk away so you should be able to get anywhere you want to go from there.