Camden Lock started off life as a timber yard. The timber used to be unloaded off big barges, and was then transferred to smaller boats along the canal for transportation. When the canal went into decline, however, the timber yard closed down in 1971.
Two years later, Camden lock was given a new lease on life, leaving its industrial past behind, and becoming Camden's first market place. The market, which was dedicated to arts & crafts brought in vast amounts of customers and generate lots of trade, making Camden Town the place to be.
Today, Camden Lock's main focus is still on the Arts, giving local artists to exhibit their work. It is one of the few places where artists still design their crafts on site, and allows customers to visit the open studios.
Every Friday during summer, the craft market is open for trade, supporting British designers, and offering fabulous food at the Global Kitchen. This coming Friday is extra special though. On the 12th July, Camden Lock Live will be a twelve hour party from 10am-10pm (later at some venues).You can look forward to music, live bands, and theatre on the two outdoor stages; be entertained by street performances, table tennis, and a market with specially curated street food, crafts, art, and culture. And try a cider cocktail at one of the plus outdoor bars overlooking Regents Canal.