Camden, famed for its influential music scene, global street food, punks, subcultures and a general ‘up yours’ attitude, has a new string to add to its cultural bow.
Buck Street Market has officially landed in the iconic destination, replacing the derelict site where the old famous green signed Camden Market once stood.
But forget vintage army shirts, Sex Pistols tees and questionable hemp leaf-adored paraphernalia, the new market is very much a reflection of 2020, or rather what 2020 should be, as it offers London a game-changing new destination for eco-conscious living.
The market brings together over 80 food, drink, shopping and lifestyle brands all sharing one ethos: sustainability. Recycling onsite as much as possible is one of the destination’s aims, as is an attention to sustainable and eco-friendly products, a focus on more vegan and vegetarian offerings and a promise to keep the site completely plastic-free.
Inside the 88 recycled shipping containers customers will find the likes of exciting young Irish chef Adrian Martin and his restaurant Wildflower, a foraged fine-dining restaurant with a zero waste policy. The restaurant will bring a relaxed approach to fine-dining, focusing on a seasonal menu made up of some of the best produce from the UK’s farms, wildlands and shores. Looking at the first-released pictures, it looks like Wildflower is set to be one of London’s top new restaurant openings.
For something that errs more on the side of street food, there’s Miguel Barclay’s pizza joint. Miguel is best-known for his bestselling One Pound Meals cookbooks, but his new Camden premises will serving up NY-style slices of tasty pizza.
Coffee addicts can get their hits with a conscience at Glass Coffee, founded by Carlo Carrieri. The radically transparent coffee shop informs customers about the ingredients and the farmers behind each one. While at Londonworks, shoppers can snap up a mix of independent, limited edition and vintage streetwear, as well as cute, sustainable home gifts.
Plus, to make Buck Street a 360 lifestyle experience, a communal space has been worked into the design offering a space for events, activities, pop-ups and even yoga lessons, as well as a rooftop garden which is sure to be packed come the summer months.
The new destination is the work of architect Eric Reynolds, one of the original pioneers of Camden Market in the 1970s, who has turned these upcycled containers into a kaleidoscope of pretty pastels and cleverly designed pods to make the most of each small space.
Buck Street Market looks set to be one of Camden’s, if not London’s, most exciting and forward-thinking destinations.