The Unique Shop Fronts of Camden Town

Camden town shop front

Whenever a friend comes to visit London for the first time, the first place I take them to is Camden Town.

So many memories. In Camden Town I had my first proper date with my first real boyfriend. It’s the place that turned me into a hippie and a punk. It’s where I very nearly got dreadlocks and my eyebrows pierced, , and it’s where I’ve hung out with all my best friends.

Whatever your poison is you are likely to find it in Camden.

Up until 2005, it was completely legal to buy magic mushrooms from Camden due to a loophole that permitted the sale of fresh mushrooms. Even today there is huge evidence of drug culture with the majority of the shops selling paraphernalia, salvia, legal highs and more.And so this subsequently leads to Camden Town being one of the best places to people watch. The diversity of the people it attracts is amazing. I could spend hours sat outside having a drink and watching the crazy hippies and wander past wearing the most unique clothes, and sporting the most vibrant of hair colours.

It is the centre of alternative culture in London, attracting punks, goths, hippies and emos.

The majority of visitors to London have never even heard of this place, but it is without a doubt my favourite town in London.

I love it.

As you exit the tube station the first thing you see is the high street, which has the most eclectic range of shop front displays I’ve ever seen. The creativity and uniqueness exhibited down this one street is amazing.

Here are a few of my favourites…

Camden town shop front
Shop front of House of Leather
Camden town shop front
Giant converse shoe for a shoe shop
Camden town shop front
Dark Side clothing store.
Camden town shop front
Tattoo parlour.
Camden town shop front
An oriental restaurant.
Camden town shop front
Scorpion shoe shop.
Camden town shop front
Dark Angel clothing store

I love Camden Town and other similar places because they are just so quirky! What’s the most unique place you’ve ever visited?


  1. Alouise
    July 3, 2011

    Those photos are fantastic, I love the artowrk on the building. People watching is the best. At home in Edmonton I usually go to Whyte Ave for that. But it certainly doesn’t have anything as unique looking as this.

    • Lauren
      July 3, 2011

      I could spend hours and hours people watching!

  2. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    July 3, 2011

    Wow that place looks amazing! I love the alternative types of people and places. Those storefronts are sweet. By the way your new site design rocks!

    • Lauren
      July 3, 2011

      Me too! My favourite places in the world are ones that are totally unique. And thanks! :)

  3. Micamyx|Senyorita
    July 3, 2011

    Camden Town is definitely one of the most unique places i’ve been to. It didn’t help though that i went there on a winter knowing that I come from a very hot country hehe :P The store which sold real fur sort of scare me.

    • Lauren
      July 4, 2011

      Hahahaha, a lot of the shops scare me – they sell really freaky stuff!

  4. Kris
    July 5, 2011

    Looks like a really interesting town. This is a great collection of photos. Crazy!

    • July 6, 2011

      I don’t know of anywhere else like it.. :)

  5. Toni
    July 5, 2011

    I absolutely adore Camden! When I first stepped off the tube I had total sensory overload haha. Amazing place and an even more amazing vibe – coolness personified =D

    • July 6, 2011

      It definitely is! I’m going to miss hanging out there when I go away..

  6. Andrea
    July 6, 2011

    I always visit Camden Town when in London and usually end up buying at least one pair of shoes. It’s always a fun place to visit.

    • July 7, 2011

      I love the clothes and shoes they have there. They’re normally really unique.

  7. Gina
    July 8, 2011

    Ok, Ian owes me … no one took me here!! Cool!!!

  8. Annie
    July 24, 2011

    Sounds like fun!!

    • July 24, 2011

      It’s a lot of fun there!

  9. ana
    July 29, 2011

    but how are the prices? can i find cheap clothes here?

    Thanks xxx

    • August 1, 2011

      Prices are goooood!

  10. James Cook
    September 18, 2011

    I love Camden its such an awesome place I love the canal there and the market place is so cool1

  11. amook
    March 27, 2013

    Hi I love camden town too . sadly i only been there 4or 5 times :( i have question hope u can help . there are shops in camden still selling dry mushrooms openly which is odd and makes me not believe that they are magic mushrooms since its illegal. me and my friend wants to go there and buy a pack but are they really psilocybin mushrooms? or are they similar at all ?

    • March 27, 2013

      Hi Amook,

      They used to sell magic mushrooms in Camden due to a loophole in the law… which has now been closed. So nope, I don’t think so.

  12. April 7, 2013

    Camden Town looks amazing!!! Talk about some wild architecture. In some senses it almost kind of reminds me of Harajuku in Tokyo, which is another fantastic spot for people watching due to its wildly unique fashion hehehe :) The architecture there is interesting too but not sure if it’s quite as extreme as Camden. I wrote about it a while back, if you’re curious to know more ~