The Hawley Arms

Historic Bar / Pub
The Hawley Arms Dating back to the early 1900s, The Hawley Arms has seen many a face lift, the biggest in 2008 when a fire ravaged flats and shops in the area, including this classic Camden pub. London England 51.541986 -0.145468
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The Hawley Arms - Historic Bar | Pub in London.
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Party Earth Review Dating back to the early 1900s, The Hawley Arms has seen many a face lift, the biggest in 2008 when a fire ravaged flats and shops in the area, including this classic Camden pub. Once rebuilt, it was clear the bar had... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Su–M noon–midnight, F–Sa noon–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Hawley Arms Review

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Dating back to the early 1900s, The Hawley Arms has seen many a face lift, the biggest in 2008 when a fire ravaged flats and shops in the area, including this classic Camden pub.

Dating back to the early 1900s, The Hawley Arms has seen many a face lift, the biggest in 2008 when a fire ravaged flats and shops in the area, including this classic Camden pub.

Once rebuilt, it was clear the bar had managed to retain its old spirit, and its free monthly live shows and rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Camden Bridge have made the venue a popular watering hole for the eclectic Camden crowd of musicians, artists, and laid-back hipsters looking to drink as much as physically possible.

The pub’s reputation for decadence hit a new high when the late Amy Winehouse became a regular and a wave of stargazers joined the usual revelers, who on any given night range from rowdy to mellow.

No matter what their mood, patrons share a common reverence for rock and roll, an interest reflected in the pub’s collection of signed memorabilia in the stairway, the collage of LP sleeves of everything from Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life and Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde to Let It Bleed by the Stones, and the jukebox that keeps electric guitar masterpieces blasting all night long.

All in all, The Hawley’s dizzying mix of anything-goes patrons and hard booze-meets-hard rock typifies the Camden scene and offers a much more exciting experience than the average English pub.

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Tip from Jonah:

Don’t miss the free live music night on the second Sunday of every month. You just never know when the next Joy Division will take the stage.

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, bohemians, local musicians, punks, partiers, and the odd celebrity, 20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Classic rock-heavy jukebox. Free live performances on the second Sunday of each month and one rotating Thursday each month. Music is typically indie or alternative rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Diverse menu including pub staples like bangers and mash and more exotic dishes like an open-faced Cajun chicken sandwich on ciabatta bread.

  • Prices

    Appetizers £2.50–£4, sandwiches £5–£6.50, salads £6–£7, entrées £6–£9. Beer £3.50–£4, wine £3–£6/glass or £13.50–£24/bottle, champagne £21–£52/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, track jackets, flannel shirts, Chucks, loose blouses, colorful shirts, floral scarves, flats.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest.

  • Close By

    Just down the street is Camden Markets (Chalk Farm Road/Camden High Street), the perfect place to do some Saturday afternoon shopping before heading to Hawley’s.

The Hawley Arms User Reviews

Average rating:
A trendy, historic and vibrant bar
Andrew T. Jan 27, 2013
The Hawley Arms is nothing if not trendy, vibrant and fun. For a few years it became known as Amy Winehouse's favourite bar, but there is much more to this historic pub than celebrity connections. The Hawley sits just beyond Camden Lock. It features a main bar area, a small beer garden and an upstairs bar equipped with a roof terrace which is one of the nicest places you'll find for an alfresco drink in Camden. The crowd is what you might expect of this kind of Camden bar, a mixture of hipsters and punks, those up for a party and various others just passing through. Behind the bar, you'll see various trinkets and a slightly tacky plastic effigy of Amy Winehouse. Overall the feel of the place is modern but with a hint of the past. It has a certain faded glamour to it. Another point of note is that they sell crisps and even chips in pint glasses. That makes is one of the few places where your order might go something like this "I'll have two pints of lager and a pint of chips please!" In terms of drinks, the selection is decent enough without being overwhelming. Most wine fans, spirit drinkers, lager lovers and real ale folk will find something to quench their thirsts in here. The Hawley Arms has a brilliant location. It makes a perfect stop off if you're on your way to the Roundhouse or the Bar Fly, which are just down the road. Being in Camden, there are numerous restaurants, bars, music venues and clubs in the vicinity. Overall, the Hawley is a top place to go, whether you're stopping off for swift pint before a gig or settling in for the night.
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