It is week 3 of my summer in the city - Islington Edit - the intimate travel blog to explore part of London like a Londoner and this week is the turn of Camden Passage
, an enchanting alley with treasures in every corner ( ok, give me some poetic licence here, I am after all an Islingtonian ..)
Camden Passage has ranked alongside Portobello, Kensington Church Street and Spitalfields since the 1950s as one of London’s leading antique locations, and now the area has added also many new shops, restaurants, cafes and market stalls. This is a place where you find something original & quirky at every stall:
fashionable contemporary clothing, modern designer jewellery, Japanese art prints, together with specialist antique, silver ware, vintage clothing and retro shops which provide the backdrop for market stalls selling affordable collectables, vintage clothes and objets d’art that find their way into antique shops and homes all over the world.
Camden Passage has four separate market areas : Market Edge
newly renovated and modernised market with selection of modern and antique jewellery, vintage clothes and collectibles and interesting and unusual posters on market days.
Camden Passage Market
eclectic vintage /retro clothes and pictures, one-off pieces and collectables. Charlton Place Market
, a covered area with antique and collectables markets on Wednesday and Saturday and Pierrepont Arcade Market
,another covered market area and Antique Market days open on Wednesday and Saturday with a book market on Thursday and Friday.
Plenty to see and buy, make sure you take your time to browse around, you don't want to miss THAT collectable and do a ' Del Boy' ;-).
The Elk in the Woods
, bustling restaurant right in the middle of Camden Passage, offering freshly cooked seasonal food in a rustic style with plenty of modern European twists. Read here my review: Elk in the Woods: an Entrepreneur best friend.
(featured in the main picture) , a buzzing place, right in the middle of Camden Passage where you can et super scrumptious , freshly prepared crêpes and galettes (including gluten free) at any time of the day. Fancy a Nutella anyone?
The Camden Head
, traditional pub in a Grade II-listed building and a nice beer garden where you can enjoy the sunshine and watching people go by whilst enjoying a nice pint. The Camden Head is also London's only FREE professional comedy club, 7 nights a week with regular TV headliners (TimeOut). Drop in and have the best nigth in your life !
Pistachio & Pickle Dairy
best of British and international artisan cheeses, pickles and breads.PS: They have open weekends where you can enjoy a cheeseboard with a glass of wine whilst talking to their expert cheesemongers , talking abut hospitality or what? ;-p
The Japanese Gallery
was established in 1978 and specialises
in Japanese woodblock hand prints from antique to contemporary pieces. ( they also offer advise and help in authenticating for museums and auction houses).
amazing artisanal chocolates at forefront of British chocolate scene, truly yummy. Please do not enter "just to browse", let go and enjoy it : the amazing, rich chocolatey smell will drawn you, you will want to taste a few sample and then, that's it.
Sounds like the perfect weekend, non? Nearest underground station is Angel Underground on the Northern Line.
Let me know once you've been, I'm sure you'll love it xxx