Buck Street Market is coming, and it looks bucking swish.
Change has come rather swiftly to Camden these past few months. Hot on the heels of news of Hawley Wharf and Italian Alley comes this week’s announcement: the impending arrival of Buck Street Market this summer.
Taking over the section of Camden Market which hogs the corner of Buck Street and Camden High Street, the new development will be composed of 52 recycled shipping containers, spread over three levels. Essentially, a new Boxpark in all but name – although please don’t call it Boxpark, or the lawsuits will start flying around pretty sharpish.
Filling Buck Street Market’s shipping containers will be a plethora of street food traders (because as we all know, Camden was sorely lacking those), set to be announced later this spring. The market will also feature a community-led rooftop garden and communal space, and the summer 2019 opening time indicates it’ll be an immediate hit.
Of course, you can’t mention such a development in the area without inviting the spectre of Camden’s boogeyman: gentrification. The, erm, old-school style of the market’s current iteration, filled with souvenir stands, t-shirt hawkers, and throwback traders, will be gone when the first shipping containers arrive. The mention of “fresh new talent” in the press release also implies some of the current tenants won’t be retained, although there may be a couple of holdovers providing a link the past.
Regardless of your opinion on the new look, Camden’s status as a tourist magnet and the market’s close proximity to Camden Town station virtually guarantees the crowds. Which means you may see a fair few Secret Londoners huffing their way through the tourists, just trying to get a damn bite to eat. Hey, we’ve done worse to get our hands on delicious street food…
Also published on Medium.