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Camden's passion for food

"Hey you! Get the bang bang chicken! Get it now," a man shouts at you in a raspy voice.

Do not be alarmed; that is his job. He will stop at nothing to get your attention. If the yelling is not enough, he will quickly sing an off-key rendition of a Rihanna classic.

He is just one of many characters you'll find at the famous Camden Lock Village Market. Rows and rows of booths boast food from many countries. The hardest part is choosing which one you will patron.

Many of the shops in Camden Market will let you try a piece of spicy beef or curry chicken in an attempt to lure you in. For four pounds, they will fill a tin as high as they can without it spilling over. If you are really nice, they might even let it spill over a bit.

Once you have purchased your meal, you will have to walk past the other shops without regret. After all, they will continue to scream and shout at you.

Misplaced loyalty

One owner even yelled at a woman with food that she had bought from another stall saying she had made the wrong decision and would forever be sorry. Ignore them and find a nice, well-worn motorcycle seat to perch on and enjoy the view.

You'll get to take in the edgy, trendy scene that Camden has become famous for. It is hard to believe the market used to be a timber yard. Now it is considered one of the best places to shop in London.

Peruse the shops filled with old vinyl records or novelty belt buckles. Try going off the beaten path, as you will find intriguing stands in unlikely places.

Whatever else you do in your visit to Camden, make sure you stop by the various food stands for the samples. The bang bang chicken man will eagerly await your arrival.



Words & images by Wendy Anstead

Visit Camden Lock Village Market, 54-56 Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF

Opening hours: 10 am- 6 pm, seven days a week

Nearest tube station: Camden Lock (Northern line)
www.camdenlockmarket.com

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