Every year, more than 10 million people are said to visit Camden. It shows. The district has the kind of bustle you associate with Mong Kok. Only the people are different: the high street (below left) is normally crawling with black-clad, pierced Goths and eccentrics of all denominations - watch out for fire-eaters, stilt walkers and jugglers when you visit the north London suburb. Many of the shops reflect the area's bohemian identity. Look no further than Escapade (150 Camden High Street, tel: 44 207 485 7384; www.escapade.co.uk ). An Aladdin's cave of the bizarre, the fancy-dress shop enables you to pretend to be almost anyone you like, mythical or modern. A Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz) costume will set you back GBP44/HK$680, an Elvis costume GBP55 and a Vladimir Putin mask GBP19. If you just want to look like a local, head for the piercing boutique Cold Steel (238 Camden High Street). Among other adornments you can buy a bright purple Demon Tail (GBP45), a purple-blue spinal ring (GBP25) and a Flower Jewel navel barbell (GBP45). For a consultation call 44 20 726 77970. If you want to go the whole hog and really fit in, visit Odd Balls (unit 200B, Camden Lock Market, tel: 44 207 284 4488). Odd Balls sells everything from 'thuds', standard juggling balls (GBP2.95 each), to an array of unicycles, each of which will set you back about GBP100. Should you prefer to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, pop into British Boot Company (5 Kentish Town Road, tel: 44 207 485 8505), which sells that tough, bouncy footwear that has become a British institution, the Doc Marten. No longer all about thuggery, DMs are worn by the likes of doctors and judges. The choice is surprisingly wide and includes the Stable boot (GBP95), the Unisex Grinder (GBP85) and the original Doc Marten (GBP60). Once you take off your boots, lie down on one of the strange and upmarket relaxation aids supplied by Beanbag Shop (unit 83, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road; tel: 44 207 485 8006). All are inexpensive and full of beans: a medium cotton beanbag is GBP40, while a large cotton sofa costs just GBP100, although you will, of course, pay more for leather. If you are more concerned with what you cover your own body in, clothes shops are every-where. Coconut Hut (unit 41G, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, tel: 44 7720 056 799) sells sexy psychedelic gear cheaply. Jazz yourself up in a Zig Zag bikini (GBP25), one of many psychedelic sarongs (GBP9) or a pretty turquoise bracelet (GBP3). Another saucy store, the divinely named FairyGothMother (8 East Yard, Camden Lock Market, tel: 44 208 464 6702) promises 'authentic corsets and corset dresses suitable for waist training, ballgowns, lingerie and vamp-inspired fashions'. Flaunt it in a Cutie skirt with thong (GBP22), a full-length silk lace nightgown with sumptuous flared skirt (GBP225) or maybe a handcrafted Austrian crystal necklace (GBP175).