Camden, a run-down London Borough north of Kings Cross, is home to street art in several ways and for several reasons. It hosts a community of counterculture artists and musicians, including punks and alternative rockers and it is a natural point of homage for street artists.
What is important from the point of view of a street artist is that Camden offers infrastructure: it boasts a plethora of railway lines, bridges, canals and old decaying buildings, being prime street art estate. Street artists love these places as they can put their work up without being caught. For them it also seems to be morally acceptable to brighten up a neglected, run-down building, much like squatters justify moving into an empty property.
Although not necessarily one of the most famous attractions London has to offer, Camden Market welcomes approximately 100,000 people each weekend making it London’s fourth-most popular visitor attraction. The market consists of a range of temporary stalls and fixed premises. It was widely rumoured when profitable high street chains were looking to replace small local businesses that had set up stalls, however after numerous social media petitions set up by market traders this is yet to take place.