When we came to London on day trips as a kid in the summer holidays, we used to come to Camden to visit the colourful market stalls and buy "rock" t-shirts, incense sticks, weird little bits and pieces for my room from alternative stores and, once when I was about 12 or 13, a rainbow plastic bead curtain to go above my bedroom door (sorry mum). As a teen, I used to go to dozens of gigs at Koko, Barfly, Proud, the Electric Ballroom and Jazz Cafe, and many a night out at Club NME nights at Koko. The Camden novelty wore off, I lived in Covent Garden then moved to London Bridge for six years, Paris for six months, and when it was time to look for a flat with my boyfriend upon my return, Camden called once more - I've now lived here for three years.
wearing ASOS premium mini skater dress with floral embroidery, DKNY Gansevoort cross body bag and ASOS artistry leather lace up brogue boots
Yes, the market isn't what it used to be, there are drug dealers and shouty hobos on every corner, the streets are absolutely filthy and the crowds are hectic at the weekend (Saturday afternoons are always filled with swarms of tourists and students - Italian teens love Camden), but it's central, vibrant, 5 minutes to my beloved Regent's Park, and has enough restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and shops to keep you entertained for the weekend without having to venture elsewhere. When Expedia approached me to share an idea for visitors spending 72 hours in London, an afternoon in crazy Camden Town sprung to mind as a must to experience London's diversity, music scene and punk history. I'm wearing a new dress in the most perfect scarlet red shade embroidered with flowers, stompy black leather ankle boots (both from ASOS) with my DKNY cross-body bag and little cropped H&M bomber (hoorah for light spring jackets!)