Camden Town is one of London's most vibrant districts, and Camden Lock, with it's unique gathering of designers, market stalls, offices, bars, cafes and nightclubs, set besides Regent's Canal, lies at its heart.

What is now Camden Lock was once T.E Dingwalls timber yard. Timber was unloaded from large river barges to the small narrow boats that plied the inland canals of Britain. As more efficient forms of transport grew the canals began to decline, and the site closed in 1971 signalling the end of an era, but the beginning of another.

In 1973 Camden Lock opened as the original arts and crafts market; a makeshift collective of workshops and traders set against a rich industrial heritage. From the outset it built its reputation for offering something different from the high street, and to this day stays true to a philosophy that promotes independent businesses and design-makers.

Its reputation quickly spread, and today attracts both Londoners and visitors from all parts of the globe, eager to come face-to-face with some of the capital's most creative people.
Whatever time of year you visit, you'll find a colourful festival atmosphere, great music, and one fo London's best selections of original shopping, whether it be the perfect present, a one-off designer-made accessory, or something beautiful and handmade for your home. Every week you can expect find something new and different to explore, and in keeping with its origins, you can even arrive by canal.

Access All Areas is a community based resource for event information, promotion and a Primary Ticket Agency. It is also a forum to help and promote like-minded people offering skills, services and craftwork.
We are located at 30c Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AL. For more information please call 0207 267 8320.

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