Brick Lane vs Camden Market: Which Should I Visit?


We all know that the capital city is a shopper’s paradise but as well as its designer boutiques, London is well known for its fantastic selection of markets which provide visitors with everything from handcrafted jewellery to art deco furniture.

Two of the most popular markets in London are without a doubt Camden and Brick Lane market London, but if you only have a limited amount of time during your stay with us, which one should you visit?

This guide will give you a sneak peek at just what’s available at each market and share a little insight into other noteworthy attractions nearby, so it’s far easier to make a decision and pick which of the markets you should head to during your stay at our hotels near Moorgate London.

Brick Lane Market London

Vibrant, bustling and popular with visitors to London and locals alike, Brick Lane really comes to life on a Sunday as the streets are lined by traders selling second-hand wares. From leather goods including belts, jackets and handbags to vintage clothing sellers showcasing items that you won’t find in any high street store, Brick Lane market is a great choice for anyone staying at the M by Montcalm who doesn’t follow the usual high street fashion trends or prefers a more individual look.

Brick Lane market London is also well known for the array of collectables on offer during market days, so expect to find everything from kitsch pottery and homewares to highly desirable vintage magazines lining the streets.

One of the best things about a visit to Brick Lane is that you never know what you might find during your shop, so be prepared to search through the racks of clothing and boxes to find a few treasures to take home as a souvenir of your stay. You might need to brush up on your haggling skills too if you want to bag yourself a bargain, so don’t be afraid of negotiating a fair price with the seller if you find something you like.

As well as a thriving market, Brick Lane market London is surrounded by amazing ethnic coffee shops, live entertainers and other stores displaying a wide range of unusual goods, so if you can’t make it to the area on a Sunday during your stay at our hotels near Moorgate London, there is still plenty to see and do during the rest of the week.

Brick Lane is also famous for the array of intricate and colourful pieces of street art that adorn the walls and seem to pop up around almost every corner, so if you have a love of contemporary artwork or just feel like seeing something a little different during your time in the city, make sure you visit. This area is perfect if you prefer an outdoor gallery style way of seeing some of the best street artists that London has to offer.

Expect to find an array of colourful entertainers lining the streets to add to the buzzing atmosphere of the area, so no matter what day of the week you are able to pay a visit to Brick Lane market London, you can be guaranteed that there is always plenty to see and do during your time at this colourful and quirky part of the city.

Brick Lane is located just a mile away from our M by Montcalm hotel, so why not enjoy some of the bars and restaurants in Shoreditch before taking a leisurely stroll to the market for a little retail therapy?

Camden Town Market

One of the coolest and quirky districts of London, Camden Town is famous for its incredible market offering everything from retro gifts, punk fashions and handcrafted homewares to vintage books, excellent street food and original artwork created by up and coming artistic talent.

As well as a bustling market that lines the streets of the area, Camden also has an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful shops filled with unique gifts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. If you’ve already had your fill of great food and drinks at the many bars and restaurants in Shoreditch, you should be able to resist the temptation of the many street food stalls on offer in Camden, but there is plenty more to see in this busy area of London if you know where to head.

Camden offers a number of notable live music venues, many of which have a calendar of regular events, so be sure to explore the many bars and pubs during your visit as there is always something worth seeing no matter the day of the week. From punk rock tribute bands to the latest pop groups hoping to make a name for themselves, take your time in Camden Town, and you might just find a new band that’s worth following during your stay in the city.

If you want to capture a few photos of your time at our hotels near Moorgate London, then Camden offers an excellent backdrop for your holiday snaps thanks to the colourful market stalls and creative shop fronts. If you can, try to find the quirky robot shop front that houses the ultra-modern clothing collections from fashion brand Cyberdog as this particular shop offers a great photo opportunity.

To reach Camden Town from our M by Montcalm hotel, head to Old Street Station and hop on the Northern line which will have you in the area in just 13 minutes. As Camden is so close, why not spend the day partaking in a little retail therapy before heading back later on in the evening as the area really does come to life with live music and unique bars after dark?

Just don’t forget to pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes and take plenty of spending money along with you as there is so much on offer that you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to take back home with you as a memento of your visit.