Camden Passage, the Shops, Markets and Antiques

Since the 1950's Camden Passage ranked alongside Portobello, Kensington Church Street and Spitalfields as one of London’s leading antique locations, in later years the area has diversified with many new shops, restaurants, cafes and market stalls. Camden Passage, Islington should not be confused with Camden Market or Camden Lock, which is in the neighbouring borough of Camden.

Within Camden Passage you can find fashionable contemporary clothing, modern designer jewellery, Japanese art prints, handmade chocolates, specialist delicatessens, a fishmonger and excellent restaurants and cafes. Together all rubbing shoulders with the world famous specialist antique, silver ware, vintage clothing and retro shops which provide the backdrop for market stalls selling affordable collectables, ephemera, vintage clothes and objets d’art that find their way into antique shops and homes all over the world.

On the outdoor markets the traders work hard to find interesting pieces, and it is often at market level that new trends for collectables develop. There is a rich source of inspiration in the Passage, it’s an exciting place to explore.

Visitors to Camden Passage have included Gilbert and George, Will Young, Emma Watson, Kate Moss, Billie Piper, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart to name a few. Camden Passage has made regular appearances on 'Cash in the Attic', 'Bargain Hunt' and many other TV programmes both here and abroad.

Although this corner of islington is delightful and interesting, it also has a vibrancy that makes Camden Passage an interesting place to search out an unusal gift, find fine antiques and furniture, 20th Century design, period and costume jewellery, contemporary and vintage clothing and affordable stylish objects for the home. You will find Camden Passage a delightful location in which to spend the day.

John Peyton Camden Passage

John Payton, born in the Camden Passage in 1920 and the driving force behind the creation of the area as an Antiques Centre is seen here studying the plans for Pierrepont Arcade before the builders moved in. Among his many accolades for the area he also started the Camden Passage Traders Association in 1959.
Camden Passage in 1969 copyright John Cole Camden Passage in 1969 copyright John Cole
Outside 11 Pierrepont Arcade. © John Cole Still in Pierrepont Arcade. © John Cole

These photos of Camden Passage have
recently resurfaced and
were taken by John Cole as part of a fashion
shoot in 1969. He was a brilliant photographer with
studios based in Mayfair.

You can see more amazing images shot by
John Cole at johncolestudiofive.co.uk

Camden Passage in 1969 copyright John Cole
  Outside 21 Camden Passage, now Ruberg Jewellery. © John Cole
Camden Passage in 1953

Camden Passage around 1953

Camden Passage, Angel, Islington

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