Camden Lock and the pet shop cat

I went to Camden Town today to replenish our stocks of cat food. The shop I go to is Palmer’s in Parkway.

The pet shop cat
The pet shop cat

As I turned to leave, this was the sight that met my eyes. There are two cats occupying the shop, grey tabbies like Freya. You may meet them in the body of the shop or on the counter. This one is trying out the stock and finding it perfect for its purpose! Here is a closer view:

Shop cat, busy... sleeping!
Shop cat, busy… sleeping!

Camden High Street crosses the Regent’s Canal at the famous Camden Lock.

Camden Lock
Camden Lock

There are canal trips that leave from here but the area is best known for its markets selling a wide range of goods and for the shops of Camden High Street which provide clothes, shoes and all other accessories and accoutrements for style-conscious people.

The lower side of the lock
The lower side of the lock

I didn’t tarry today as I didn’t feel like exploring the market which can become very crowded, although this is perhaps the best time of year to visit it when there are fewer tourists and holiday-makers.

Camden High Street, near the lock
Camden High Street, near the lock

I did, however, take a look down Inverness Street, which has its own market.

Inverness Street and its market
Inverness Street and its market

We sometimes come here to have breakfast at Solo Cafe, which is on the left, hidden by the stalls. They do a very good vegetarian breakfast and I am looking forward to my next visit!

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I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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6 Responses to Camden Lock and the pet shop cat

  1. AEJ says:

    What exactly does a vegetarian breakfast consist of? My favorite breakfast is a green pepper and mushroom omelette with salsa and shredded cheese on top. And a side of hash brown potatoes.

    • SilverTiger says:

      To answer this question, the traditional English breakfast has to be taken into account. This consists of bacon, egg, sausages, hash browns, baked beans, tomatoes, and perhaps fried bread. Increasingly, cafes offer “All day breakfast”, in line with Somerset Maugham’s dictum that “To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.”

      Vegetarians of course do not eat bacon or sausages. (Some may not eat eggs, either.) Many cafes now offer a “Vegetarian breakfast”, consisting of a selection of the traditional ingredients, not including the bacon or the sausages (although some include vegetarian sausages).

      Solo Cafe is unusual in that it includes spinach in the breakfast.

      • AEJ says:

        There aren’t too many places in the States that offer a vegetarian breakfast, and even when you ask for one they don’t usually understand what you mean. My husband asked for a vegetarian McGriddle sandwich from McDonalds once (meaning no sausage) and he got the McGriddle bun with no egg and no sausage, so the only thing on it was cheese. I’ve learned you have to order the sandwich regularly and then add, “No sausage,” which will get you the correct thing. Baked beans for breakfast actually does sound yummy, though I prefer cold pizza.

        • SilverTiger says:

          The problem with accepting “normal” food with the meat taken out is that it is likely to contain “invisible” meat products such as meat stock or fat. It’s only by ordering specifically vegetarian dishes that you can be (reasonably) confident that you are getting animal-free food.

          Once in Canada we asked a waiter if a particular cheese dish was vegetarian. He replied “Well, cheese isn’t meat.” He was genuinely surprised when we explained to him that cheese was usually made with rennet taken from slaughtered calves. Meat eaters are often ignorant, not only about what vegetarian food is but also about the food that they themselves consume.

          When I am in a country which is not very good at vegetarian food, I don’t ask them to take the meat out; I specify exactly what should go into the dish. In most places they will accept this whereas if you are vague, they may be unhelpful and off-hand to mask their embarrassment at not knowing the difference between vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. I ran into this problem several times before I realized what was happening and devised counter-measures.

  2. WOL says:

    The pet shop needs a sign “Merchandise sniffed by cats for your protection” and/or “These premises are graced by cats.”

    • SilverTiger says:

      The shop is indeed graced by cats.

      The only sign that I saw was one that read “We do not sell live animals”. The reason for this is that the old Palmer’s Pet Store, which is on the other side of the road and is now a listed building, was famous for selling exotic live animals.

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