Carnaby St is a famous shopping street in Soho
, Central London
. Its name conjures an image of Swinging Austin Powers
scooting through in order to acquire the latest mod
clothing. In the 60’s it was an important centre for fashion
. Many of today’s famous designers such as Vivienne Westwood
began their trade in Carnaby St boutiques.
These days, Carnaby St is different. Harking back to a rather confused notion of what the 60’s was, this road has lost much of it’s glamour. These days it’s a place to find dope smoking equipment, and cheap clothing – the same sort of stuff that you can find on any of London’s other market’s.
I don’t go to Carnaby St very often – for me it’s a place to go through rather than too. I would advise tourists to visit Camden Town instead: it’s London’s most thriving clothes market. Stables Market (just off Camden High Road) now seems to be the place to go for alternative fashion.