This year during my November trip, I happened to be in London for Diwali, which is a Hindu festival that takes place in fall also known as “the festival of lights”. So I figured since I was in London, a place with one of the largest indian communities, I had to celebrate it. One of the biggest indian temples outside of India is actually in London called Swaminarayan Temple, and for the festivities there would be fireworks and food. To my advantage, my couchsurfing host was indian so I had someone to go with. Continue reading
Camden Town in London, is hands down the coolest, busiest, quirkiest market I have visited so far. It houses hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs where you could spend hours exploring around but it wouldn’t be enough to see it all.
Getting to Camden is easily accessible by subway (or “the tube” as it’s called by londoners), just get off at “Camden Town station” , and make your way up on “Camden high street” , where you can find tons of souvenir’s shops. From there it’s up to you , you can go to “Camden lock market” if you are looking for hand crafted jewelry, paintings, and food from all over the world, or the Camden “Stables” where you will find crazy shops for a more alternative taste, piercings stores, sex shops, and vintage clothing. Everywhere you go surely you will find cool stuff that you may want to buy , but for me it was all about the food! Polish, Argentinean, Indian, Spanish, Greek and just about any food you crave you can find it around Camden Town.
I got there rather late, around 3 pm and being with a group of friends made it harder to just walk around and discover all the cool places it offers. They were all about souvenirs, but I just wanted to explore so when we lost 2 of them, it came down to either looking for them , or finding some delicious food to eat. We chose the latter option :p . So my advice would be go there with friends that are on the same page as you in terms of what you want to do, and get there early so that you can really see all that there is to see, it is definitely worth a whole day of your London trip.
I was so excited about everything around me that I forgot to take pictures, so I just have a few not so good pictures that I snapped. But it is one of those places you just got to check out in person 🙂