Darth Vader’s paradise and Amy’s pub
Who doesn’t love Camden? It has a cool bohemian vibe, funky people, awesome food and London’s best pubs – what’s not to like?
Fran, my work colleague and friend, and I decided it was time to head north and find out what the fuss was about and it wasn’t long until we found out. Walking through the infamous markets instantly put a smile on our faces and a spring in our steps. There are heaps of jewellery stalls, food outlets and trendy sixties chic stalls to search through. I was in heaven in seconds and did not want to leave. I could have spent the whole day browsing through bargains, but settled on two watches, a pair of sunglasses and a cap for just £30 and Fran picked up glasses and a hat for a cheap 15 quid.
What makes Camden so special is the people. It’s a really friendly mix of tourists and locals who are more than happy to offer helpful tips of the best places to eat and drink. I’m half Swedish, half Finnish and when I was there I met loads of people from back home which was amazing.
The thing about Camden is that you won’t get bored as there is always something to do or see; even the houses have funky décor to look at. As the food smelt amazing, Fran and I decided to try out the Chinese food stall by the Stables Market. The chilli noodles with chicken were just £4 but fit for a king. After good food, we decided it was time to hit the pubs Camden is so famous for.
Bar Fly is a five minute walk from the market and you cannot miss it. The outside wall is painted with a huge Jack Daniel’s Bottle against an orange background. A pint of limited edition cold beer and fun bar staff was a great start to the evening. We then headed to The Hawley Arms, the local pub of the late Amy Winehouse. We enjoyed another pint at a table upstairs by the terrace in the sunshine, enjoying good company and some great tunes.
We spent the whole evening there and had a wild time. I can’t tell you why so you will have to go there yourself to find out the true colours of Camden.
The highlight of my day was finding Cyberdog, a really cool rave shop where I bought my cap. Whether it is neon tutus or hard-core leather outfits, anything can be found and this is a true techno-tastic shop from the future. Oh and did I mention we met Darth Vader???
Written by Hannah Hintikka and Francesca Turner, two guest bloggers who stayed at Generator London hostel.
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