Camden Gets a New Conscious Market with Rooftop Dining

Conscious travel, conscious theatre, conscious uncoupling… it seems we are choosing more and more conscious ways of going about our lives, and now Camden is home to the UK’s first conscious market

Lead image: Alecia Clarke

Camden’s new conscious market, Buck Street Market, is an Instagrammer’s paradise. The pastel-painted collection of shipping containers not only look good, it’s also been created to do good.

Home to more than 80 food, drink and retail traders that all champion eco-conscious practices and products, it’s here to help us make better choices, to help us become more conscious consumers, and it’s the first of its kind in the UK.

The conscious movement requires one to not only be aware of an issue, but to respond to it, and as such Buck Street Market aims to inspire its visitors to make informed choices via its ethically minded traders, which range from zero-waste restaurants to ethically sourced clothing.

Plus, the whole set up is predominantly alfresco, with a huge roof terrace with all-day dining, making it the perfect post-lockdown hangout.

Buck Street Market originally launched on 9 March 2020, but closed 10 days later due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

The market then reopened on 15 July with even more passion and commitment to sustainability, with practices including a zero single-use plastic policy, composting food and drink waste to generate energy for the site, vegan dishes on offer from all food traders, and, multiple recycling points.

The outdoor space – a skyline roof garden with two bars and a millennial #PinkToMakeYouThink terrace – is now Camden’s largest rooftop.

Complete with sustainable pink pallet sofas, plants and living moss walls, the alfresco rooftop will host activities and events including yoga classes, workshops and outdoor screenings of environmentally minded films and festivals.

‘The outdoor space – a skyline roof garden with two bars and a millennial #PinkToMakeYouThink terrace – is now Camden’s largest rooftop’

Food offerings include Wildflower, a fine-dining restaurant by Irish chef Adrian Martin with a focus on foraging, zero-waste policy and only 10 covers in an upcycled shipping container; Miguel’s Pizza, the first bricks-and-mortar restaurant by Miguel Barclay, author of the best-selling One Pound Meals cookbooks; and a new French pâtisserie by revered Parisian pâtissier Phillipe Conticini, which will open in August.

Other food and drink traders include Ethika, Glass Coffee, Lord of the Wings, Camden Fish & Chips, Killa Waffles, Magic Falafel and Juice Junkies.

Buck Street Market is also home to a number of ethically minded retailers, such as To Home From London, Tea Shirt, Sweyn Forkbeard, Londonworks and Dress up Baby, the market will also feature a rotation of community stalls to help support local endeavours.

Covid-secure measures include one-way systems, multiple hand-sanitising stations, social distancing, and encouraging traders to operate within the Government guidelines.

Buck Street Market is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am-7pm, with rooftop restaurants and bars open till 11pm. Camden High Street, Camden Town NW1 8QP;