The move to London was quite chaotic at first. On our first free day we headed out for our first adventure to visit Camden Town. We hopped onto the Tube at Earls Court. While on the Tube we found out that the Tube line that we needed was not operating. So we quickly changed plans and boarded a bus and headed to our first stop of the day, Euston Station. Outside of this station is an establishment we wanted to visit. One thing you may want to know about us is that when we go sightseeing, we like to blend seeing the sights with eating and drinking. Before heading to the first stop, we picked up a couple of sandwiches and fruit for lunch.
The Euston Tap only serves alcohol.
Most of the beers here are specialty beers. Here is one that we sampled.
Not only was the brew delicious I learned a new phrase. According to the label, Kill Your Darlings is a phrase used by writers when they have to cut loved characters or scenes that don’t aid with the flow of the story.
After eating a fortifying lunch we started to walk towards Camden Town, located in northwest London. In 1791 it started out as a residential district. Later, the location was integral in the beginning stages of the railways. In addition, the Regent’s Canal cuts through part of the town. Early on, this canal helped foster trade. Years ago, building materials and coal were the mainstays of Camden trade. Today, Camden Town is a hip area. Many famous people have connections to the town. The actor Orlando Bloom has a home there. In the 1990s, Morrissey, the singer, lived in Camden Town. Also, Amy Winehouse grew up in Camden. This past July she was found dead in her Camden Square home. Also, Charles Dickens lived in Camden Town at one time and then included the area in some of his works, including A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, and Dombey and Son.
1973 marked the start of the Camden Markets. These include Inverness Market, Camden Market, and Camden Lock Village. You can find boots, t-shirts, artwork, food, books, cds, dvds, tattoos, piercings, and many other oddities. It is a fun atmosphere as long as you don’t mind crowds.
Even if you aren’t in the mood to shop, it is still fun to wander around and to people watch.
And the buildings are fun to look at.
The Regent’s Canal is beautiful.
Of course, I found a bookstore. Unfortunately for the store, the sign outside said that it was going out of business. It is always sad for me to see a bookstore go out of business. However, it doesn’t stop me from popping in and taking advantage of the bargain prices. These are the books I picked up.
Before heading home, we stopped for more food and drinks. All in all, it was a fantastic day. We enjoyed seeing the area, indulging in good food and drinks, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.