Camden Scene 1

Stephen and Ashlie realise they have quite similar ideas about what their Mum would like, but Ashlie soon gets distracted from the task in hand!

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.


Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • Do you ever shop in markets in your country?
  • Think about markets in Britain. Do you think they will be the same as markets in your country, or different?

Watch Stephen and Ashlie go shopping in Camden Market in London.



Stephen: Here we are in Camden Lock Market. It’s a great place to go shopping and we need to buy a birthday present for our Mum. What do you think we should get her, Ash?

Ashlie: Well our Mum loves nice clothes and costume jewellery. So - I’m sure we’ll find something here.

Stephen: It's huge here, Ash. I’ll tell you what, let’s split up, see what we can find and I’ll meet you back here in one hour.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here in an hour, then.

Stephen: Oh, Ash – can you lend me 50 quid?

Ashlie: 50 quid, eh?

Stephen: Don’t worry, you’ll get it back!

Ashlie: That should do it.

Stephen: Thank you.

Ashlie: OK, I’ll see you back here later.

Stephen: See you!


Stephen: Wow, look at these! I’ve never seen one of these before. How much are these?

Shopkeeper: Five pound each.


Ashlie: Excuse me. Do you have this in another colour?


Stephen: Hiya – how’s it going?

Shopkeeper: Hi, very well. How are you?

Stephen: Good, thanks.

Stephen: I like these, how much are they?

Shopkeeper: Er, the leaf lights – they are £21.95.

Stephen: Hmm, I’m not sure she’ll like them. Can you help me? I’m looking for a birthday present for my mum. Any ideas?

Shopkeeper: What type of thing does she like?

Stephen: Well, she’s quite stylish – modern, I suppose.

Shopkeeper: Well, the yin yang’s really modern. What do you think of that?

Stephen: Hmm. What about that one over there?

Shopkeeper: Ah, the ball lights – lovely – it’s fifty pounds.

Stephen: Oh.

Shopkeeper: How about... forty, seeing as it’s your mother’s birthday?

Stephen: Twenty?

Shopkeeper: Twenty? That’s really cheap. How about I meet you halfway – twenty-five?

Stephen: Great, thanks mate. My Mum’s going to love this.

Shopkeeper: You’re welcome.


Ashlie: Aah - I'm running out of time…


Ashlie: Excuse me, how much is this?

Shopkeeper: Er, that’s fifty pounds.


Stephen: So? How did you get on?

Ashlie: Pretty good, I guess. I bought this fantastic candle holder. It was a little bit expensive, but I think Mum will love it. In fact I almost bought one for myself!

Stephen: Yeah… great – and look what I found!

Ashlie: Well, that is just crazy – how did we end up buying the same candle holder in this huge market??!

Stephen: I’ll tell you what we’ll do. You take this one. You said you almost bought one for yourself - and you lent me fifty pounds, right?

Ashlie: Right.

Stephen: So you take this one, I’ll get lunch and we’ll call it quits! Come on – it’s time to get something to eat. Lunch is on me, remember. Come on!

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Submitted by Albinochka on Thu, 29/06/2017 - 11:10

I love food markets where we can buy organic fresh food. And im not a fan of the markets for clothes and accessories in my country, the things are cheap but the quality leaves much to be desired. And the service is so so.

Submitted by Albinochka on Thu, 29/06/2017 - 10:34

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Submitted by GoldenBoy on Wed, 28/06/2017 - 23:33

hello I'm Muhammad Azad from Kurdistan-Iraq, In my city Erbil, we have a huge amount of malls and markets to buy supplies that we need. People visit these places for shopping even for haveing a good time.

Submitted by Loi on Wed, 28/06/2017 - 06:18

I am Loi from Vietnam. Really fun. I somtimes go to markets with my family. Markets in Vietnam are smaller than Camden.

Submitted by VictorCastro on Tue, 27/06/2017 - 19:30

In México we have markets like this in Candem and something similar in the street call Tianguis

Submitted by AA Al-Amiry on Tue, 27/06/2017 - 13:41

Hello , I am Ahmed from Iraq I hope to have huge market similar to Camden Market

Submitted by lequocanh on Tue, 27/06/2017 - 13:12

hello everybody! my name is ảnh. I am living in Việt nam. Sometimes i go to shoping with my wife at the weekend. I think market in Viet nam smaller than in Britain and good is cheaper than.

Submitted by abdul rahaman on Mon, 26/06/2017 - 14:52

Hello there, Now days I am living in UAE but unfortunately all the old markets disappear almost, the most common markets here confined in huge mall which are modern and expensive. But I am sure in UK the markets are different,Maybe you can find cheap markets and price is negotiate.In additional you can find expensive markets same UAE in huge malls but price is not negotiate. Best regards,

Submitted by Thich on Mon, 26/06/2017 - 06:07

hi all, my name is Thich, i'm come from Ha Noi, the cappital of Viet Nam. Now a day, supermarkets in Ha Noi are builded verry much, not only foods are sold but also many other type there.

Submitted by Peinziee on Sat, 24/06/2017 - 13:32

Hello everyone!! i live in Viet Nam.After i've watched this video about the Camden Lock Market in Britain,i can see the different between our markets and Britain's markets.I think in our markets,they allowed motorcycles to move in and out the market because most of our market are at the outside.And maybe the market showing in the video above was not allowed vehicles,it's belong to the walker's zone.

Submitted by groverivan on Sat, 24/06/2017 - 00:48

Hello everybody, My name is Ivan, I am from La Paz-Bolivia, in my country, specially in my city, there are a lot of stores to food, clouths and many things, For example the informal stores are very cheapers and the formal stores are expensives. Thanks

Submitted by Manguteshka on Fri, 23/06/2017 - 10:38

Hello, I'm Nastay, i'm from Russia and live in Sibirea. I very like shopping, but in my region not big markets. I think that, markets in Britania different, than in my country, because they are larger and the prices in the market are less.

Submitted by zaki2 on Thu, 22/06/2017 - 01:37

Hello, I'm from Afghanistan, sometimes I go shopping with my friends to buy some clothes and shoes. In Afghanistan Has made some new supermarkets recently which have lots of things. I think the markets in Afghanistan are more crowded than Britain.

Submitted by nidhinavya on Wed, 21/06/2017 - 07:16

hello everyone,i am from India ,in my country markets are regular and they are very crowded but you can buy stuffs at very cheap cost .

Submitted by maged hussien … on Wed, 21/06/2017 - 06:09

hello ,, my name is Maged I am from egypy cairo in my country we have markets like this in Britain .

Submitted by cuoctinhmuathu on Tue, 20/06/2017 - 16:03

Hello! I'm from Vietnam. I'd going to shopping like this Cadem market in this video. My country have many market with many type of goods. After working time, I usually go to night market to buy something or eat some good foods. It's time for relax and enjoy.

Submitted by Darma Yasa on Sun, 18/06/2017 - 09:00

Hello! I'm Darma from Indonesia Our markets more cheap than Britain

Submitted by TUFA on Sat, 17/06/2017 - 18:01

Hello! I live in Greece. Markets in Britain reminds me the Greek one. Especially the center of Athens, the market witch is called Monastiraki.
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Submitted by zhri_05 on Sat, 17/06/2017 - 08:44

hello... whats up I.m Azhari Alkautsar . I'm from Indonesia My country the market is very different in britain. Sometimes, our market is very dirty and part of area in indonesia is revitale by goverment and so clean

Submitted by Ali Abdelrady on Fri, 16/06/2017 - 16:54

Hello , I'm Ali from Egypt, I like shopping & I like learning by this way.

Submitted by labeb Najip Abdullah on Wed, 14/06/2017 - 16:18

I am from Yemen (Aden). I like shopping in popular marker. It is very cheep. Thank you so much.

Submitted by pongloss01 on Tue, 13/06/2017 - 18:26

Hello every one, i ' m Hamid from Morocco, in my city Meknes ther are many markets, but the typical is called Medina in these you can find practicaly all things: clothes, jewellery.. i don t like shoping there because is always full of people. and her is the same as London you have to negociat to get a good price.

Submitted by malaak on Tue, 13/06/2017 - 13:27

hello for all I'm from Algeria, this is my first comment and I am very happy to discuss with you. In my country there are so many populars and regulars markets for all diffrent kinde of sales

Submitted by andrewvf on Sun, 11/06/2017 - 14:29

Hi my name is Andres, I am from Colombia, in my country there are many informal markets specially in the big cities. In this markets we could find a huge variety of things such as cloths, gifts, gadgets and so on. Yes I have bought many things there.
hello , I am a Chinese girl,I am eager to make friends with you so that I can improve my English and broaden my view ,haha ,I am 18 years .old ,everybody around me likes me !I really hope you can reply to me

Submitted by raman78 on Sun, 11/06/2017 - 07:33

Hi, I'm from kurdistan, there are many super market in our city, you can find all things such as clothes and drinks but alcoholic drinks is forbidden in this country so you cant find them here. I didn't go to the Britain but as I saw in the video market of Brittan are vireos.

Submitted by Emiliano on Fri, 09/06/2017 - 21:35

Hi, I m from Mexico. In my country you can find smilar places.

Submitted by Franly on Fri, 09/06/2017 - 08:30

I am from Cameroon. I don't know how London market look like. But in my country there are many type of market at the différents places.

Submitted by houreya abd elnaby on Thu, 08/06/2017 - 04:47

Hello everyone, I'm from Egypt. i have never been to London.There are many types of markets here,some are like shops in the streets and some other are in big malls.I love shopping especially those stuff for girls.

Submitted by KEMAYERO on Wed, 07/06/2017 - 20:23

I love shopping It's relaxing

Submitted by EliabeBueno on Wed, 07/06/2017 - 17:34

Hello, I'm from Brazil. I usually buy in markets and as well as in London, here in Brazil we have to negotiate to get a better price, that's why i guess the markets of both countries are almost the same.

Submitted by Wasiu Giwa on Wed, 07/06/2017 - 10:56

it is my suburb and i am a member of my local green club and social club elbfilmkunst e.v..

Submitted by Speig21 on Sun, 04/06/2017 - 23:35

Hello! I'm from Italy. Cadem market looks like a typical Italian market: lots of things, different prices and the need to negotiate if you want to have a better price. Lovely place!

Submitted by LUIS EDUARDO R… on Sat, 03/06/2017 - 18:49

Hi! my name is Luis Eduardo Rincón, I'm from Colombia. In my country there are many markets, a famous place is the 20 july the people call "flea market" is an amazing market. Is similar another markets.

Submitted by Anthony Mui on Thu, 01/06/2017 - 07:58

Hello, I happy come to a good place to learn English. I come from Hong Kong. It is same as my country Stanley Market, there sale a lots of shoes, fashion, souvenir..., some of the thing is cheaps and some of expensive too. Every weekends and Sunday, have many visitors were come to enjoy the tour and sightseeing.

Submitted by Sebly on Wed, 31/05/2017 - 16:54

I'm Nigeria located in West Africa Country, there's big Shopping mall called shoprite in Lagos which one can buy all kind of things there but compare to London. I haven't been in London in my life and I don't know how London market look like.

Submitted by glauciavanzeler on Mon, 29/05/2017 - 16:53

Hi! I'm from Brazil. I've never been in London only in transit ( conexions from airports ). In my country you can find similar places in special in big cities like shopping mall and street stores, the price in the shopping mall is expensive and the street stores the prices are attractive.

Submitted by Mariakhuu on Fri, 26/05/2017 - 17:35

Hello I am from Vietnam, I have not been London. In HCM city have a market which open every night and the products are very cheap and special however you have to bargain to get a good price

Submitted by robervanh on Fri, 26/05/2017 - 13:02

Hello everyone, I'm from Brazil and I've never been to London, but I want to go one day. In the big cities of Brazil there are shops in the mall and in the streets. In street stores the products are cheaper and you can negotiate a better price, but in shopping mall this is not very easy. Ha .. congratulations to the site team and I hope to improve my english here.

Submitted by samanehkzm on Wed, 24/05/2017 - 12:23

hi i'm from Iran.there is one like this in my's open every friday and we call this: Friday market. whetere everything is cheep in this market but I don't buy anything at all.

Submitted by Nili on Wed, 24/05/2017 - 03:36

Hello... I am from Colombia. In my country you can find various of those places with things very cheaps and expensives too. I have never been to London and I would like to know his streets, culture and people.

Submitted by miameliaresti on Tue, 23/05/2017 - 18:42

Hello! I'm Mia and I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Well, I live in the most populous city in Indonesia, since Jakarta is the capital city. I've ever been to London before, especially this lovely camden market. I agree if this place is considered as one of the best place to shop in London. We are able to find various shops with their quite cheap stuffs and I recommend these shops for you if you want to buy souvenirs for your friends in your homeland. Also, if you're in London and you're missing your hometown, Camden Market provides you to enjoy your homeland's cuisines with its various restaurants. But, as I remember, the restaurants are crowded so you must smart enough to find a way to tag your table available. Enjoy your day!

Submitted by sungvadan on Sat, 20/05/2017 - 09:59

Hello, I'm from france. Cadem lock market seems a very nice market. there is one like this in my town. It's open every weekends. Like this market, you have to negotiate to get a good price. And I really not good at this