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from jemma: dear diary, this is camden town

Today I headed to Camden to soak up a little bit of Indie rock/ punk culture. It fascinates me every time. I turned up the Foals as I walked up Camden road and soaked in the sub culture that has evolved there. There is a huge punk culture mixed in with a little mod. Expect to see girls and guys wearing Dr martins everywhere or girls adopting that Dita Von Teese look.

It will sure enliven you.

I headed to my favorite cafe the spiral lounge. An all raw and organic cafe which has a beautiful view over the canal – bought my favorite smoothie of almonds, spinach, avocado, wheatgrass, spirulina, chia and xylitol then headed into the hustle and bustle of the Camden stables.

I love vintage shopping in Camden, I always find great things in Episode. There was so many fashion trends that evolved in London which makes for extremely great vintage shopping. The mods, the rockers and the punks! Now all these fashion movements from bygone eras have cumulated into an assortment of eclectic fashions.

The fashion here is influenced by grungy music and indie rock. Long known for its music heritage, certain pubs are favorite meeting spots for local musicians such as Amy Winehouse. There are many live music venues from various pubs to the famous Jazz Cafe, KoKo & The Roundhouse theatre. Boys walk around in the tightest of skinny jeans while girls look they have been rocking out hard to bands all night.



At mid afternoon I headed to The Hawley Arms, where you can experience great British pub food and the indie culture all-in-one. Amy Winehouse is a local while Kelly Osbourne, Katy Perry and the like pop their heads in now and again.



Today was inspiring for sure, the weather is mild and my mind is ticking over time. After some lentil soup, rose wine and my friend flooding the bathroom – I’m ready for some sleep!

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Mervelous -March 30, 2011, 3:18PM

Wow, how jealous am I right about now…but in a good way! :)
I’ve never been to London, and it is in my bucket list, right up there with sky diving.
I would love to have that smoothie you speak of! and get some fish and chips at the pub. Then go walking around looking for vintage shops.
Thanks for posting your journey on here. It transports me there while I am sitting here at work.
Keep ’em coming!
Cheers :)

Marisa -March 30, 2011, 3:53PM

So nice to see my hometown on here! I’m at University in Leeds (In ‘The North’) so it’s lovely to see some familiar spots!

calla -March 30, 2011, 5:30PM

oh my god, that vintage store looks like it has soooooo much good stuff! so jealous…

Karla -March 30, 2011, 5:30PM

I live in Seattle but I’m originally from London. It makes me so homesick seeing those photos. Camden Town is a must for anyone looking for vintage/retro fashion. There are some great finds there and it’s also perfect for people watching! Jemma’s guide is spot on when it comes to describing what London is like. xxxx

Manchester Escorts -March 30, 2011, 6:26PM

I love Camden and yes- it is an ecclectic mix, but it’s not all grunge/indie – it literally is the whole package of everything!

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Brittany -March 30, 2011, 8:38PM

This post really confused me because there’s a Camden across the river from Philly….

Laura -March 30, 2011, 8:42PM

Great insight into London. How fun! I want to go.

Emily -March 31, 2011, 12:55AM

LOVE the travel photos!!! Keep them coming!!!! And for the record….in LOVE with the looks coming out for FP spring!! Could wear EVERYTHING!!

benny -March 31, 2011, 9:34AM

Camden Town is great! Love it there, the home of punk rock. England NOT Philly!

Mina -April 2, 2011, 6:21AM

So many great pics! Wish I could visit Camden Town. But, er, it’s Dr. Martens, not Martins. :)

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