Thursday, May 07, 2009

To Market, To Market... in London (Part II)

Anytime a Singaporean has something to complain about the Mass Rapid Transit in Singapore, I would like to welcome them to London - the place where the tube malfunctions for all sorts of reasons, from union strikes to signal failure. Sometimes, the tube crawls at a speed at which the growth of my toenail exceeds. For some strange reason, the Jubilee Line is forever under engineering works during the weekends.

Being restricted to using the Northern Line from London Bridge, we decided to explore the markets accessible to that particular Underground service instead.

To Angel, we ventured.

There was a pasar malam going on, probably every weekend. It was a electic mix of fresh produce and not-so-appealing apparel. We had just finished 2 hour gym session and we needed food desperately.

We promptly decided to dine outside an oily kebab store - feasting on onion rings, fish and chips, wraps and many cans of coke. Mmm-mm!

Onion rings!

Humongous chunks of fish and chips

In essence, Angel is quaint but not so interesting. There is quite a selection of shops such as Marks and Spencers, Waitrose and Sainsbury and other restaurants we didn't quite sniff out.

We decided to proceed on to Camden.

Camden Market is extremely busy. It can get so busy, they apparently ban people from entering the Tube Station on Sundays - permitting only exits. The stalls sell crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, fast food, and other things. Apparently, it is the fourth most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend, according to Wikipedia.

The markets sell pretty outlandish outfits like this.

Anyhow, the Camden Market reminds me of a mini Chatchuchak in Bangkok, except the prices are probably 10 times higher. Give me H&M anytime.

If you managed to survive the crowd and trudge on, you will arrive at Camden Lock.

There are pubs and lovely restaurants at the banks of the canals. Since it was a sunny spring Saturday, there were plenty of buskers performing and there were grateful audience milling around with their food and drinks.

Camden Lock Market is situated by the Regent's Canal. You have to walk up the Camden High Street, make a left and cross a brick bridge over the canals. If you are up for it, you can even hire a boat ride to sail the serene waters in this canal.

And here we are, Camden Lock Market. I can smell the food already!

Yes, I know. We did have a huge lunch at Angels. But...

The stalls in the market hawks an assortment of products: handcrafted traditional and contemporary jewellery, designer clothes and accessories...

Bookstores that look like ones where you can potentially dig out a treasure find.

But of course, all we are interested in....

is really... "Whats for dessert?"

Yeah, so I was in a rather long queue for our dessert.

And here are our chefs preparing our dessert - Chocolate, Banana and Almond Crepes.


And finally, after much anticipation, we tucked into our biteful of yummos.

Keep Camden in mind when visiting London!


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