The Camden Markets are a number of adjoining large markets in Camden Town near the Hampstead Road Lock of the Regent’s Canal (which is usually called Camden Lock), often called collectively “Camden Market” or “Camden Lock”. The stalls sell crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, fast food, and other things. It is the fourth most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend. It began in its present form in 1974 when the Camden Lock crafts market was formed. There was a small local food market in Inverness Street long before that; as of 2008 this market retains only three fruit and vegetable stalls in addition to stalls like those in the other markets.
Camden Market is made up of five markets that are all together in one place. Camden Lock Market, The Stables Market, Camden Canal Market, Buck Street Market, Electric Ballroom Market and Inverness Street Market. The shops along Chalk Farm Road are also open at the weekends and have their frontages wide open in a semi-market style. It is difficult, if not impossible to tell where one market ends and another begins.