Street trading during the current health emergency

All street trading licences have been suspended, with their associated street trading charges, with effect from Monday 16 March 2020. This was communicated to our traders on Friday 20 March 2020. This message was reinforced in another email confirming to all traders (permanent and temporary) that if they wished to continue trading they were required to submit an application for a temporary licence to the street trading team and that no trading should take place until it had been authorised.

Our Markets Team has carried out assessments of our markets and street trading locations to make sure social distancing rules can be put in place and that our markets and street trading sites are safe for traders and customers.

If you are a licensed trader (forecourt kiosk or street), registered casual, or registered assistant and you wish to trade on any of our street markets; we can issue you with a temporary street trading licences issued on a daily and weekly basis. This trading is currently free of charge. Please email marketsteam@camden.gov.uk to let us know whether you are interested in returning to trade.

If you are hoping to trade, you will need to provide details of the:

  • market or street trading location you wish to trade at
  • goods that you would like to offer for sale
  • days on which you would like to trade

Your temporary licence need not be for the location or commodity that you usually trade. However, we will not consider changing a commodity to hot food. Please contact us if you are interested in resuming trading.

We need to ensure our markets and trading locations remain safe and comply with all Government guidelines and legislation, so you may not be allocated the pitch you traded from previously. We all need to work together to create a safe trading space and there is no guarantee that the same pitch will be allocated each time.

Camden markets vision and recommendations 2019

Camden commissioned Hemingway Design to develop a ‘Street Market Vision’ and delivery approaches for Inverness Street Market with links to Camden’s wider street markets portfolio. 'Camden Markets Vision and Recommendations' was published in 2019.

Love Your Local Market Campaign

Every year NABMA (The National Association of British Market Authorities) runs a National Campaign under the slogan “Love Your Local Market” (#LYLM2021). The campaign highlights the importance of markets at the heart of local communities and economies. For the past nine years the campaign has been a great success with hundreds of markets taking part worldwide.

This year the campaign will take place between 16th – 30th October 2021. During the fortnight we would like to invite you to take part in the campaign by offering consumers small discounts and by actively promoting the campaign. NABMA has put together a free promotion pack, which you can download and use at your stall: Love Your Local Market - NABMA.

If you are a new trader and need some guidance to start your business, you can use the NMTF (National Market Traders Federation) fully interactive ‘Spring Into Markets’ guide completely free.

In return, we would like to offer you the opportunity to trade at any of our street markets for £10.20 during the campaign period. You can find more information about our markets at: www.camden.gov.uk/markets

If you are an existing trader, already licensed by us or another London local authority, you only need to send us an email to marketsteam@camedn.gov.uk with your availability, commodity, Public liability insurance and Level 2 food hygiene and safety certificate (if you want to sell food) to trade on any of the upcoming campaign days and we will reserve a space for you.

If you are a new trader, willing to start with your business, please get in touch with us and we will advise you further of what information we will need to issue you with a licence. 

We will be also supporting you to boost your social media presence.


Events for #LYLM2021

We’re holding a few events to welcome people back to our markets or to visit for the first time.

On Saturday 23 October 2021 our partners StreetSpace are bringing some one-off stalls to Queen's Crescent market as well as a pop-up bicycle repair and a book swap.

If you know of any traders that might want to get involved, please encourage them to e-mail rufus@wearestreetspace.org.

On Saturday 30 October 2021 we will be holding a Halloween picture competition that is open to all nurseries and primary school children in Camden from a pop-up stall at Queen's Crescent market.

Local residents, families, market traders and councilors will be invited to give their votes on the day. The top three photos with the highest votes will win some amazing prizes!

The winners will be announced on our Twitter and Facebook pages on 3 November with information of how they will get their prizes.

Free Healthy Start vouchers accepted at Chalton Street Market

If you are pregnant or have a young child under four you could be eligible to get Healthy Start vouchers, which can be exchanged for milk, infant formula, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.

You can use your vouchers at the Chalton Street Market fruit and veg stall, every Friday between 10am-4pm. You can either ‘pick your own’ or choose a ready-made fruit and veg bag.

Refill Station Camden

What is the Refill Station?

We have teamed up with Hemingway Design to build Refill Station Camden—our first trailer stall made from reclaimed and recycled materials.

Refill Station Camden sells unpackaged grains, liquids and cleaning products to customers with their own reusable bags, mugs or boxes. Biodegradable, recyclable or reusable storage containers are also be available.

We are partnering with local entrepreneurs, businesses, and market traders to help promote and sell local, ethical products and services to Camden residents at affordable prices.

This project is part funded by the London Waste & Recycling Board, and is supported by the North London Waste Authority and Fair-well.

Where can I find the Refill Station?

From January 2020, Refill Station Camden is mainly based at Queen’s Crescent Market.

Markets Newsletter

If you would like to subscribe to our Markets Newsletter, please email us at: marketsteam@camden.gov.uk

Once you subscribe, you will be receiving the newsletter quarterly via email. 

Our Markets Newsletter focuses on upcoming projects, events and news for traders, but it may also interest residents. We welcome any good news stories that you would like to share.

Please email jenny.kurktchieva@camden.gov.uk with your story to get the chance of featuring it in the upcoming editions.

You can follow and share your business activities on our social media accounts:

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