Sunday, February 10, 2008

Camden Market on fire...

Camden Market
is one of the 'Big Four' for any shopaholics looking for a good bargain in London. The other three are Portobello, Old Spitalfields and Borough markets. From my previous posts (here, here, here and here), it's pretty obvious where my all time favorite is. Hey, that's where all the great food is!

Anyway, Camden Market, a weekend retreat for almost half a million people every weekend was consumed in flames that lasted for hours yesterday night. Looking at the scale and the speed at which the fire went through the stalls, it's a miracle that no one was hurt. Over a hundred firefirefighters were deployed and they had a hard time controlling the spread due to the close proximity of the stalls.

I was telling my friends the other day that Camden Market reminds me of a glorified flea market. Imagine Singapore's Bugis Market multiplied by 50 fold. In fact, the closest thing that rivals it would be Bangkok's Chatuchak. But Camden Market's main draw is that it's open 7 days a week, something that its rivals cannot boast about. It's a great place to get lost in, especially when you've got a few hours of spare time. Tired of all the haggling over prices? Just pop into the many eateries that offer a serving of mix mash for 3-5 pounds. Or simply hop into a boat for a short river cruise.

It's definitely out of action this weekend and probably next one as well as store handlers assess the damage. Let's hope that it'll get up and running again soon enough.

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london soon said...

saw the footage on HK TV last night, how unfortunate.

C K said...

Yep. It seems that up to 200 people will lose their livelihood. But they've not found the cause of fire as yet.

LadyBanana said...

I live quite near there.. not quite close enough to see it but the smell of smoke was strong in the air..

C K said...

Really? Saw on BBC this morning that though the traffic is opened, the shops along the high street remain closed...