The Hawley Arms

Bars and pubs Camden Town
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Located just beyond the lock next to Camden market the railway tracks and the canal, the Hawley Arms is a vast Victorian boozer that has risen from the ashes of the 2008 'Great fire of Camden' which destroyed the top two floors.

Renowned regulars, such as Noel 'Mighty Boosh' Fielding and the late Amy Winehouse, helped raise funds for its return. It still scores highly on the ‘slebs scale and there’s plenty of hipster-spotting to be had.

It's a Greene King pub, so there's Abbot Ale and IPA as well as Budweiser Budvar, a guest ale hand-pull, fine burbons and a dozen-strong wine list. The food selection includes pub grub classics such as fish and chips, pies from Pieminister, moules frites - all for less than a tenner.

As well as live music on the first Monday of every month and the odd secret gig, there's backgammon.


Venue name: The Hawley Arms
Address: 2 Castlehaven Rd
Opening hours: noon-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun, noon-1am Fri
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
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I first came across this tucked away pub when I was a fresh-faced fresher many moons ago, thinking it was the coolest of the cool due to the Amy Winehouse, the Libertines and Noel Fielding associations. After a long absence I recently returned and was still taken in by all the musical history, especially due to Amy's passing. It's just a cool place, great atmosphere, trendy clientele and cosy decor, the perfect place for a boozy session with mates, or as I've seen a few times, an awkward first date. But the music should help with those forced getting-to-know-you back and forths. The playlist is perfect for anyone who, like me, 'came of age' during the noughties when indie was the biggest thing since sliced bread. Expect to hear nostalgia-inducing sounds from the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jamie T, Franz Ferdinand, the Cribs, the Vines, the Gossip, and that little known Arctic Monkeys band.


If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Camden and the markets then this place is perfect. It's also the place where Amy Winehouse used to go for a drink. You will also see this in the toilets with all the graffiti and love for Amy. Quite nostalgic. There are a number of rooms you can check out and if feeling brave in this weather have a drink on the terrace and take in the Camden air!! Drinks are very reasonable and staff are friendly. Worth a visit


By far my favourite pub in Camden, possibly even London! There's always such a good atmosphere and the staff are so friendly and very cool. Also reasonably priced!

Adrian H

This pub will always hold sentimental value to me as it is where, on a third date, my partner and I decided for sure we were the right ones for each other. We note pop in for a drink every time we are in the Camden area to celebrate that moment.

The Hawley Arms is a very nice pub but can be a little crammed at time, not unlike many other Camden watering holes. It has the usual array of drinks and often has live music on. There is also a nice outdoor area for summer drinking and the bar staff are always really engaging, happy to have a chat while you wait for your drinks. The food is also well prepared pub-grub and my partner would highly recommend the fish and chips.

Fabio D

Used to be a favourite haunt but have since graduated to the Lock Tavern. Definitely a go-to bar if you are new to Camden, especially with its Libertines/Winehouse connections (if you're into Noughties music), but can get a bit tight when busy, bar staff a tad too 'trendy' for their own good; but good tunes upstairs on a friday night and you might just spot Carl Barat or Graham Coxon. Can't deny I used to LOVE it, but just found a local competitor to be more to my tastes, sorry...

The Man on the Street

Great bar with live music. My Favourite nights are Wham Bam run by Jessie Jetski. She rocks and so do most of the artists she promotes.

Javier M

One of the coolest pubs in Camden.

There are several sofas, long curtains and the atmosphere and decoration is pretty warm and there is a good terrace, not just for smokers but to stay when weather is nice.

Steve B
Staff Writer

Has never quite recovered from the fire which struck a few years ago, and despite the considerable revamp doesn't hold quite the same atmosphere as before. Still very much part of the Camden drinking experience though and is well worth a visit. Always found the bar staff decent, unlike some places in Camden!