Camden, London | Exploring the Markets, Jellied Eels and Spotted Dick!

100 thoughts on “Camden, London | Exploring the Markets, Jellied Eels and Spotted Dick!

  1. EELS! EELS! EELS! These are really a London thing but early 20th century. If they were decent they'd have spread around a bit more. I think this stuff comes from the days when there wasn't much food to go around so you ate what you could catch!
    Narrow boats were how heavy goods were moved around the country before the advent of railways. As its a gentle journey I think the potteries of Stoke etc still use them but they're mainly for holidaying on, now. I remember Harrison Ford was in the papers years ago as he went on a narrow-boat holiday in the midlands with him. She looked pissed-off!

  2. i will be in camden in august,it comes alive on a nice summers day,im glad you're having a good time.

  3. Camden market used to be the best ever for hip clothes and retro fashion and vintage clothes and great food…. Until the fire 😓

  4. Enjoyed this video. I care more about this side of London than the "posher" parts as I have family around these parts. If you thought Camden Lock was cool, you should take a look at Foxton Locks ( There are probably more impressive "staircases," but this is the one I know from a trip when I was a kid.

  5. "It's all Chinese food here", with a massive sign saying Little India behind her.
    "I read it… MEATLOAF!". Then you can't read.

  6. Guys, I love your videos. I’m an OAP Londoner and enjoy your videos about the city where I’ve lived here for 85 years. If you guys need anywhere to stay me and my good lady wife will be more than happy to have you as our guests at our humble abode. Local to us is Hampton Court Palace, the holiday home of our former head of monarchy Henry VIII, and the palace houses the first tennis court ever. Next door is the largest of Royal Park, Richmond Park where wild deer roam. With regards to the Camden market fire, I’ll keep my mouth closed on that one, however I’ll say it was no accident.

  7. classic spotted dick.. my nan used to make that the old fashioned way with suet ..steamed for hours in a linnen…the best!

  8. The building at 3.57 is a Victorian Shopping Arcade style. This is how it was felt cutting edge retail should be organised at that time.

  9. love your videos, only problem is i'm about to go to bed and I'm STARVING after watching this, can almost smell the food lol

  10. That jelly is not like the usual sweet Jello shit for kidz (that we all secretly love so much) but it's aspic/galantine. It's no shame to leave it off, as most ppl order eel or other meat in aspic because it makes the food's texture more subtle and more palatable. So they say.

  11. London is a city made up of different villages or districts joined up. Camden Town, Kentish Town, SilverTown, Canning Town for example are all part of the city of London

  12. I lived in London in the late 90's and Camdon on a Sunday was amazing; definitely not cut and paste back then. As for jellied eel that's always been disgusting although malt vinegar makes it slightly less disgusting still pretty bad though.

  13. Camden has become a characateur of itself in recent times but the real Camden is there if you try some of the more obscure pubs

  14. London expanded and absorbed the towns surrounding it. They're named after the towns but are boroughs of London now.

  15. In the East End of London we would normally put vinegar and pepper on Jellied Eels, we would also have warm Eels with Pie Mash and Liquor

  16. Pie and Mash/Jellied Eels is a very traditional food for the London Cockney. It is said to be a true Cockney you have to be born within the sound of The Bow Bells but to like Pie and Mash/Jellied Eels you have to be taken to the top of the Bell Tower and dropped on your head.

  17. Well done for searching out the authentic Camden scene… it is changing… it was the best worst kept secret and now it's officially blown and turning touristy. At the heart of Camden Lock (yes those canals fueled the Industrial Revolution and the narrow-boats were horse drawn across Britain with whole families working/living aboard full time) there was a thriving music scene with numerous studios, record shops, agents etc. and a hundred squats with young hopefuls. That meant street musicians were always around the pubs rocked and hippies sat on the lock side strumming. The artisan makers selling their wares in the markets are a throw-back to those days when making a few quid would buy your lunch. It is interesting today but you should have seen it in the late 70's early 80's with the London Punk scene in full flow. "I like my spotted dick raw" has to be the best quote of the day.

  18. the eel is really nutricious. its really a cockney old true london recipe. people queue as they are popular with londoners not the rich normally but pie mash liquor is nice good value and very good food.the eels were cheap years ago but its a delicasy now.

  19. its good and funny to hear the comments but living there born there its changed so much. when I notice how much it costs to visit other capitals and countries but its relative but to stay and rent a room off shop window or internet is even for a month in zone 5 or 6 its far cheaper and good transport and night bus. . .hard to recomend because you can live there for years and still find lots to see and do. great fun seeing the things you enjoy and how you see it. really enjoy watching your tour. your filmings great. cheers.

  20. I recommend mastering the art of pronouncing 'borough' as 'burr-uh' and 'Buckingham Palace' as 'Bucking-um Palace'. P.S. My favourite example of American English is 'aloo-minum', instead of 'al-uh-min-ee-um'. I just like saying it 🙂

  21. Traditional pie 'n' mash, with parsley liquor, as well as jellied eels, are very famous dishes in the UK, but the vast majority of us have never even come close to trying them. They remain 'Old London', but with remarkable staying power, historically speaking.

  22. Not sure many British people eat jellied eels. It's weird enough to most Brits. We would for sure go for pie and mash over those eels.

  23. Your travel blogs are amazing. So interesting seeing things from an Americans point of view (a well travelled American). As an English person it is very compelling to watch. Well done!

  24. Much like Carnaby Street, Camden has kind of lost its individuality and identity over the past 20 years as the rents went up and independent retailers were replaced by chain stores and tourist tat.

    It has definitely lost its alternative/punk roots… but there’s still some awesome bars and music venues in Camden – Worlds End/Underworld, Electric Ballroom, Black Heart etc.

  25. Due to my serious aversion to jelly I have never tried the jellied eel's, you were brave. Had the pie and mash several times. Spotted Dick is one of my favourites. London is packed with markets, they are everywhere. Great and interesting video.

  26. Fair play your the only American bloggers ive ever seen even try eels. No one outside the east end would eat them. There is a spiny bone up the back .. you turn them sideways and suck the meat off . It’s firm and meaty like monkfish . They smoke them in Denmark . The jelly is used as stock for the sauce in pie and mash … the liqueur .

  27. In summer there is a beach in Camden…. at the Roundhouse. So you can get the full seaside town experience.

  28. Jellied eels are one of those signature dishes of the London East end , along with pie and mash. Doesn't exist outside London and that's because it's awful .

  29. Jellied Eels look so bad, I'm English and never seen the dish in real life, our region has much better old traditional food

  30. Camden was a town north of London which was incorporated into the greater London. London was originally that square mile of the City of London, the one with the dragon boundaries.
    The Canal you saw is the Regent canal which links other canals to the Thames. Most of these were built in the early 1800's to ease the flow of goods through the country. The canal is about 8 miles and a wonderful walk in late spring, summer. The canals were built to beat the congestion in central London. On a busy day it could take up to 4 hours to cross Tower Bridge with a horse and cart.
    The stables market in Camden is where the work horses that pulled the barges along the canals were housed. Cheers

  31. You would have enjoyed Fish n Chips with salt and vinegar a lot more than those jellied eels.. I dont know anyone that likes those.. unless your in your 80's and thats all you had to eat at one time. 10/10 for the brave attempt tho! enjoy watching all ur vids.. had to get a hazelnut cornetto out the freezer to eat after watching you eat all this food.

  32. its not a main corse or starter itsa dead fish yukplease go vegan.why don't u guys go to kings cross and try the beyond burger in honest burger restaurant.

  33. Just come across your videos and I find them very refreshing. I like the way you aproach everything with an open mind, well done keep it up.

  34. I cant believe you walked down that row of fake chinesse stalls without being shouted at usually you so much at glance at one of the stalls and that's it your a customer! Love the videos btw

  35. Oh, yuck…! 'Jellied eel' has truly got to be one of THE…MOST, absolutely, disgusting things on the planet. It, and "eel pie- and-mash" [ …actually, not terribly much 'better' ({: …! ], were traditional [ …more or less ], Cockney, dishes…but i don't recall ever really knowing ANYone who actually 'likes' them…including Cockneys [ …or, the closest equivalent to a "Cockney" that one might find these days ({; D …! ]!! "Spotted Dick", though; now, that is lovely! Otherwise, you'd have done much better having called-in at a Fish 'n Chips shop, for sure!! But, Camden Market [ …et al! ] is rather fun, it's true. Camden Town, and the entire area round there, has changed quite a bit over the [ 'recent-ish'…? ] years; i guess, all in all, one would have to describe it as "an improvement"…but it has lost some of its [ earlier ] 'character', all the same. <3 / <3

  36. First time I had eels I came home to a bath full of them and seriously though my mum had bought me some odd new pets , ( I was about 6) soon to be disappointed when she started pulling them out and butchering them. Never liked them since.

  37. The Place to go for Underground Music in the Uk,Punk,Goth,Rock etc and most Bands are far better than the Commercial stuff,enjoy…

  38. I've had jellied eels about 3 times, I don't think anyone would be offended if you didn't eat all the jelly but made an effort with the actual eel.
    Were those lyrics at the end from the mighty boosh? It would figure as you said you liked peepshow. you might like the "IT crowd" too, it's on netflix.

  39. "I should be jumpin' shoutin' that I made it all this way, from Camden Town station to Fortieth and Eighth!" So this is what The Clash were singing about! Great video!

  40. My, you guys really got about town. In the segment where Eric is talking about Camden Lock you mention man going to the moon and stuff, well, like the Chinese food that claims to be Chinese food but isn't really Chinese food….no man has ever set foot on the moon and never will – just saying! ))

  41. I love your guys praise over British things, like the architecture, the locks, 'admirable' is refreshing to watch these videos 🙂 thank you, feel proud to be British again

  42. Camden was so worth it for the finger puppets!! I'm mid 40s and always used to go to Camden for interesting clothes in the 90s (e.g. stussy t-shirts were a rare find back then), 11:08 that market opposite you always used to be good for clothes, sadly not anymore by the looks of it. Not much there to hold my interest now. Been to some pretty cool parties and club nights in Camden over the years, Club Koko is a great music venue if you ever get the chance…

  43. area. I live just up the hill. My dad was born down there almost 100 years ago. My family actually had horses when it was stables. Jellied eels was his favourite. He used to do his own. (Yuck). I used to see punk bands most weekends at the Electric Ballroom or the Music Machine from the late 70s. Yeah, it has got trashy. I rarely even look there these days. It's mostly for tourists since it was purchased by a rich foreign entity and the character destroyed. You missed out the steps to the rehearsal room in the market that The Clash used in the early days..and you should have popped in to the Dublin Castle where Madness started out and Amy Winehouse liked to pull a pint. Lots of history there you missed. I enjoyed watching your visit still : )

  44. I went to Camden Market to eat… by the time every vendor had shoved a free sample in my hands I was too full to eat any more. Cheap meal, and totally delicious.

  45. WOW!!! A Boosh reference!!! I guess you know that Camden is where the Boosh originated, and Noel's home town. Cool vid you guys.

  46. You've got to realise that 'London' the city grew out of the 'City' of London over many centuries. Westminster was farmland just a few hundred years ago, and Dickens wrote of people walking through the countryside to 'London' from places (like Camden) within 2-3 miles of 'The City', which are now well within the conurbation of what we now call 'London', and which are now considered to be 'central' London. It's just many, many years of sprawl. It's not surprising to most Londoners, and it does mean that many places retained a truly unique feel and identity as the gaps between them closed. Clearly, towns/cities in the 'new world' were built far faster and with more intention.
    I love that you linked to Grey's video on this! Great video, as always! Funnish fact – Camden is the home 'town' of the iconic band Madness – some of whom are still to be found in their local Camden boozers from time to time.

  47. I thought I might explain how this came about. Many years ago the Thames was full of eels so it was a very cheap bit of protein. When you boil the eel the slime within it's skin thickens the water allowing you to portion out into those rounds. When cooled it's as presented to you Kyde. These are easy to sell on the streets as you can imagine. I do enjoy eels but only with lots of white pepper and vinegar (they should have told you that). Best eaten while drunk.

  48. Your vids are so good and refreshing ….and it is obvious that you have a great natural relationship with each other X

  49. The lock, Columbia on a plate and the jelly. I've just come across your channel guys and like the food I'm enjoying the variety of your thoughts and the natural way you deliver them. Many thanks. Mark

  50. You needed lashings of vinegar and white pepper on those jelled eels!
    cant believe you went in a pie&mash shop without trying pie&mash! I like many other East Londoners were brought up on pie&mash and stewed eels, jellied eels were usually bought outside the pub on a Sunday afternoon after 5 or so pints or when ya mum finished Bingo lol.

  51. I think we have a variation of eels in jelly in Denmark en old fishing communities. But i am on Erics team here. Take it away. I am not good with fish either.

  52. Camden stables food market was the first food market , borough market and spitlefields copied the stables, jellied eels is very east end thing not many Londoners like it .

  53. The £8 day energiser marching food is now £9 with half the sausage and generally not food for 2, but nice. It's basically no longer heaped …Staff… she served me…. end of.

  54. My Dad was brought up on jellied eels and stewed eels. He loves them today but hard to find really good makes. We used to fish for ells in Maldon Essex.

  55. I’ve watched a lot of ‘what to see in London’ vlogs and I really liked yours (and I’m a born and bred Londoner). I hope you come back soon and that you maybe live here a while – that would be fun. Keep up the good work!

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