Coming Down To Coming Out At Quirky Camden


Be careful, be very careful when there is a ‘den’ hidden in the name of a place. All things secret, all things cult, all things unique and outlandish – a perfect melange of typical tourist like items and characteristic Londoner attributes – nowhere in London will you find the presence of both but in the intriguing, historic, camouflaged den of London, Camden.

Coming Down To Coming Out At Quirky Camden

Yet another day out for the Team Onetimefashionista. In the past few weeks, we decided to transform ourselves as tourists in our own beloved town. We went to Hyde Park to ride a bicycle then in the next week we went to the Natural History Museum to get awed at the wonders and mysteries of the nature around us. This weekend, we decided to head towards the North London gem of London – Camden to discover its quirky side. Even before we could get into the tube, the quirky London weather decided to turn its chill of the year upon us. The chill in the air made it chillingly cold and clear in the first five minutes of stepping out of the door that the coldest day in the year was finally there leaving Shehzaad haplessly under-clothed. Camden or not – the cold was there to stay as Tanusree always warns, ”There is nothing called bad weather, you need to dress up right and appropriate for it!”

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Some are posing and dancing away
Some are posing and dancing away
Because they dress up for the weather and occassion
Because they dress up for the weather and occassion
Some shivers through as they don't always go to their stylists for advice
Some shivers through as they don’t always go to their stylists for advice

Another way of sensing the pulse of any London neighbourhood is by estimating the size of the crowd in any London underground station during a weekend. Camden is such a place which turns into a pilgrimage of tourists and residents from all corners of the world and the country itself. Teeming with people coming out of the Camden underground station, we came out to freeze to death. Surprising that even after living in London for so long, how one can get caught with pants down (or no pants at all?) on the first officially cold day in town. It seemed that even the ocean of people floating around Camden will not be enough to keep Shehzaad warm. So to briefly stay away from the chill, we got inside the Camden Lock market. Narrow side-ways and alleys and the independent traders and start-up designers with their off-beat products – mostly vintage clothing, street fashion accessories, antiques, jewelries and arts & crafts seemed to be a hit with tourists in London.

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Some of the shop fronts in Camden call for a must-take photo opportunity even if you decide not to venture in. The massive hanging airplane, or the elephant head in front of the shop ‘Namaste’, the big four shoes or the lady legs dangling – these were shops with characters – announcing their unanimity with the borough of Camden.

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The gentle caress that makes the crepe so tasty

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A happy seller with happily cooked food to the hungry customer

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Not only the food stalls, some head gears are hair colours are also worth noticing

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Is everyone looking for a pair of orange balls?
Nom nom
Nom nom

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There is more secret hidden inside the coconut shell

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There was refuge from the cold in the smell and warmth of the makeshift food stalls busy with hungry gourmands. Only in Camden you could get to see Argentine steak stall, Venezuelan maize food, Korean take-aways, Turkish kebab, Indian roti wraps and Caribbean food all ready to entice your taste-buds in the same congested vicinity.

However to acclimatise ourselves better we decided to climb up the stairs and look for a space in the busy Lockside Bar & Restaurant. Not only do they serve excellent food but you also get a good view of the bustle below.

Sat in the heart of Camden Town, overlooking the West Yard food market and Regent's Canal, Lockside was the dream setting for a perfect brunch on a sunny Saturday
Sat in the heart of Camden Town, overlooking the West Yard food market and Regent’s Canal, Lockside was the dream setting for a perfect brunch on a sunny Saturday

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Lockside Bar terrace seating area overlooking the Lock
Lockside Bar terrace seating area overlooking the Lock

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For brunch, Shehzaad settled for a mixed sausage with mashed potato dish while Tanusree tried the classic fish and chips.

Lockside Bar & Kitchen pride themselves with home cooked food, seasonal food menu, combining the feshest local ingredients with favourite recipes from the UK and US to come up with traditionals menus with a contemporary twist
Lockside Bar & Kitchen pride themselves with home cooked food, seasonal food menu, combining the feshest local ingredients with favourite recipes from the UK and US to come up with traditionals menus with a contemporary twist

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Tanusree's top favourite British food: Fish n Chips
Tanusree’s top favourite British food: Fish n Chips
Shehzaad found little warmth in a cup of capuccino
Shehzaad found little warmth in a cup of capuccino

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After pacifying the hunger in stomach we thought it was a good time to quench the thirst to explore every nook and cranny the place had to offer.

We roamed around the shops in the first floor in the Camden Lock market where the range of products, their uniqueness and affordability seemed unparalleled. Starting with the witty house decoration one-liners to aromatic candles, leather goods to lamps, vintage clothes to tribe jewellery – it is surprising to see such a diverse range of unique items in an otherwise small sized area, mind you that the actual market area around Camden is not that big and can be walked up in all good couple of hours but with a range of products wide enough to give you some amazing gift ideas for the upcoming Christmas.

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Camden and without Amy Winehouse? Impossible, infact even Dali is there to confirm

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Camden is all about making statements

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Character of Camden is in the slogans and one-liners

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The lense behind the lense that captures every detail
Stall selling skinny scarves in quirky prints: Christmas Gift ideas under 10 pound
Stall selling skinny scarves in quirky prints: Christmas Gift ideas under 10 pound
Aromatic candles and candle stand: Great Christmas gift ideas under 20 pound
Aromatic candles and candle stand: Great Christmas gift ideas under 20 pound
Great Christmas gift ideas under 10 pound: Can't afford a designer bag, why not gifting your teenage cousins these designer bag replica key rings this Christmas
Great Christmas gift ideas under 10 pound: Can’t afford a designer bag, why not gifting your teenage cousins these cute bag key rings this Christmas
If you have a friend or family member who fancy off-beat designs for ties, check this place out
If you have a friend or family member who fancy off-beat designs for ties, check this place out
Know your candles before you buy!
Know your candles before you buy!

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In Latin it means to “make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future”

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Great Christmas gift ideas under 20 pound: Tshirts featuring Japanese art
Great Christmas gift ideas under 20 pound: Tshirts featuring Japanese art
Dresses under 10 pounds= Paradise for student fashionistas on budget
Dresses under 10 pounds= Paradise for student fashionistas on budget
Keep one, keep warm!
Keep one, keep warm!
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There is no hiding behind the veil, the truth is out there – its in the stubble

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The hands that gently holds the tiny items tight

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The DSLR taking snaps of its ancestors, who is taking a snap at who?

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I have finally found the truth lying on the floor of the Camden Lock!
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Amy, Sherlock, Audrey, Brad – Camden loves ’em all

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We then climed down and headed towards the middle yard
We then climed down and headed towards the middle yard for taking away our dinner
Told ya great place to buy some Christmas gifts on budget for those quirky friends and family members of yours
Told ya great place to buy some Christmas gifts on budget for those quirky friends and family members of yours

Like aimless wanderers we kept on mixing up our left turns and rights when we finally decided to try out some mulled wine and organic ”winter tea”. The cold snap was too much to pour some damp on the attempt as the drinks could not live up to their expected ‘hotness’.

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What is coming out is a warm warm mulled wine

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A large sized glass of mulled wine for the gentleman and a small sized glass of winter tea for the lady
A large sized glass of mulled wine for the gentleman and a small sized glass of winter tea for the lady

Turn around and there was the Turkish stall selling Falafel. We knew what to take for dinner back home.

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You can have them either in a wrap with a thin chapati or in a box served with couscous
You can have them either in a wrap with a thin chapati or in a box served with couscous
We opted for the wrap filled with falafel and haloumi cheese
We opted for the wrap filled with falafel and haloumi cheese
Falafel in a box served with haloumi cheese and couscous
Falafel in a box served with haloumi cheese and couscous

Turn right, someone selling charcoaled chicken meal and we knew that our menu for late evening was looking ever more diverse.

Chicken and mutton kebab on skewers
Chicken and mutton kebab on skewers
While Shehzaad is befriending the Turkish Kebab maker, there are others keeping the photo bombing game strong
While Shehzaad is befriending the Turkish Kebab maker, there are others keeping the photo bombing game strong

Camden indeed keeps amazing us everytime we go there since it has this attribute where the most unique items and types of people are all respectively sold and seen in a rather small space.

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Even Bob is confused from which angle to size up the beauty in town – No Woman No Cry

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The interesting thing is that the amount of one-liners you will see imprinted on t-shirts for sale, or even on mugs or wall-hangs – as if the place is always desperate to make a statement about everything and everyone. Camden is always opinionated and full of people who have an opinion. Some wear or buy t-shirts to make those points, some get tattoos or piercings done in shops here to drive home the same aim. Either way, whatever you want to come out as – you have to come down at Camden to do that.

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