Hello, here we are with our third post from our London summer!
The first morning in London we took the bus from Soho to Camden Town, a double deck red bus (!). Please allow me a minute to emphasize my excitement here: I am a daily (boring-1-deck) bus rider in Barcelona so it was super fun to climb the stairs, even with a tea in my hands, ha! Best things in life are those trifles, right?
Our plan was to visit Camden Lock market before it opened to enjoy it all for ourselves and be able to admire its architecture and details, then a walk along the Regents Canal, up to Primrose Hill park and then back again to Camden, to see all the shops and food stalls open and its buzz. The plan also included a (must) stop at the Primrose Bakery to refill energy.
Camden Lock is a market, established on what was previously a wharf with stables, which became popular in the 80s by selling crafts and antiques. Currently it is a mix between lots of food stalls from all over the world, souvenir shops, and also vintage shops. One of the most popular shops is the psychedelic Cyberdog shop selling neon clothes, but my favorite, hands-down, was being able to browse Colectif clothing, which I knew from the ‘olde internet.
My mom, auntie and Daniel trying to replicate a cool kids 80-90s album cover, ha! The silly gen runs in my family, sorry!
The Regent’s is the northern canal of the city and makes an excellent place to walk from what is called Little Venice, with people living in moored boats, to Camden Town. It connects with the Regent’s park, another London’s beauty.
We were impressed by all the weeping willow leaves that were covering the canal waters. Sometimes it looked like grass instead of water, but the ducks swimming gave it away. We saw two machine removing the leaves, I guess to avoid damage to all the boats. Along the canal you can non-stop see rental boats & the waterbus sailing it, but also locals living in a boat. We specially loved being able to have a peek of how their lives were. Have you ever stayed in a boat?
It is a 65m hill summit with a clear view of central London, the BT Tower stands out specially. The surrounding streets are also worthy of a visit, with amazing detached houses to daydream about living in a posh residential area in London.
With a delish cupcake, from Primrose Bakery inside our bellies (stay tuned for our London foodie guide!), we were able to climb the steep hill of Primrose park. This dry land is a very unusual view for the park, all the pictures I had seen were always very green, but we learnt that this was the hottest summer and with the longest heatwave from the last 40 years. It definitely makes you think about the climate change effects when you read that in all England only 21.4mm of rain was computed for a month and a half. Crazy!
Have you visited this area following a similar itinerary? Do you live in London? Do you visit the market or it has become a too touristy area? Let us know in the comments.
We still have more London chapters to share, hope you are enoying it!