Camden Passage (not to be confused with Camden Market) is a cobbled pedestrian passage that leads off of Islington High Street. Renowned for its regular intriguing antiques market that runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, this quaint little side street marvels all that stumble upon it. It attracts a variety of collectors and has even been featured on shows such as “Bargain Hunt”. Above the boutique and antique shops lie refurbished flats that occupy the upper floors of the properties that line this attractive street.
Tucked behind Islington High Street and leading up behind Upper Street towards Essex Road, Camden Passage is often bypassed by those who don’t know it’s there. Despite this, it’s really easily accessed by both market-goers and residents through various means of travel. While Camden Passage itself is pedestrianised, many of the streets around it offer on-street parking which can be obtained from Islington Council. Many opt to use the underground to get around from here as Angel is just a few minutes’ walk down the High Street (Northern Line) and Highbury Islington is just a couple more minutes northwards (Overground and Victoria). Those who want easy access to the City can either use the Northern Line or wander up to Essex Road rail station which directly links the area with Old Street and Moorgate. The cycle into the City is also very doable and in the evening you will see a constant stream of florescent cyclists heading home. Buses are another convenient means of getting around, as lots of the different routes pass by on Upper Street. Waterloo, Euston and Regent’s Park, King’s Cross, Soho, Hackney, Barbican and London Bridge are but a selection of direct destinations.
Camden Passage isn’t just great for those looking to pick up a collectable or even a bargain. The shops that line the street include renowned vintage clothes shops, fantastic hairdressers and stationary shops as well as the delicious Paul A Young fine chocolate shop and the ever-popular Breakfast Club (one of London’s favourite brunch venues). On top of this, the Camden Head is a truly fantastic comedy pub that is located along the passage that has played host to a variety of well-known comedians including Dara O’Brien. On top of antiques, knick-knack shopping and evening entertainment, Camden Passage is also centrally located for those who love the hustle and bustle of Upper Street and Islington High Street.
Young professionals and students at the nearby Urdang Academy and City University are the most common residents in the immediate vicinity - and who can blame them with so much going on in terms of food, drink and of course convenient transport links?
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