I'm biased on this one. I love the place. More than anywhere in London. To a regular this is a cool spot to chill with great music and loveable characters. There's live music on roughly once a week and they occasionally come up with fresh ideas for food, drink and entertainment.
To the outsider or tourist it might seem a little cold but then again it's tough working in Camden and having to pose for the same photos and answer the same questions each day. But if you keep it genuine you'll enjoy your time here.
Big love Hawley x
Rock music, pub lighted with candles which gives to this place this cosy atmosphere !
We can guess why this pub was one of Amy's favorite :)
During the winter they have a crowded rooftop with some warmer there (hehe).
If you want to go there to eat, the kitchen closes at around 8:30 - 9pm so don't be too late.
You can have some cask ale there if you like this, they change it really regularly !
Perfect warm-up for a crazy saturday night in Camden !
Having been here a few times in the evenings I expected lunch to be a similar affair (evenings are fantastic but a little grungy and busy for this place to make it into my lunch time shortlist).
Well, I was in for a real surprise, the service was second to none - our waiter was awesome, table service for food and drinks, decently priced grub, no waiting for anything. A real surprise.
The only things stopping me giving five stars are the beer (this is a Greene King place and their beers tend to suck) and the food (it felt a little standard-pub-grub like; fish cakes, burgers and roasts were as exciting as the menu got). If they got a few guest beers in and let the chef create his own menu this would be an amazing place.
'Twas AOK indeed.
A few items of interest:
1. Infamously, a past haunt of Amy Winehouse.
2. Maybe less infamously, provides "jelly babies" with the bill. (see Miriam's review)
A gal pal and I snagged a (very small) table right next to the espresso machine and I have to say, I felt wedged in for the meal. Between the noise of that machine (though I forgive it, as it expresses coffee for all of us) and the chair behind me that was back to back, and the table itself that was about the size of a postage stamp...things were a bit crowded from the get go.
The food and beer were all fairly standard. ---- STOP, STOP! I'm sorry GUYS! Three-star reviews are not the most thrilling to write. I'll cut it off here as I've said all I've needed to say. It's a pub by Camden Market that'll serve you a beer and some grub, but it's not really that special. It's not great, it's not horrible and Amy Winehouse used to hang out here. Get some jelly babies and hit the road to the next spot.
I apparently missed the memo that you either had to be a fireman or a train wreck to patronize this establishment, because although I'm reading through varied reviews, I must say, I was impressed with both of my visits to the Hawley Arms.
I've spent two lazy Sunday afternoons enjoying the laid back atmosphere and the cozy decor; and the last word I would use to describe either of my experiences would be "pretentious." But I am blonde ... so I've been known to miss elephant sized 'social cues' from time to time.
But I must say, after beautiful and polite waiters, delicious lamb roasts, and enough pies to complete an entire chart, I'm beginning to think that perhaps the hype went down in flames?
Some of my favourite sweets are Haribo gummi bears. I am especially partial to the white ones and will pick them out of a package before eating the other colours. I've always found it a bit odd when British folks call my beloved bears "jelly babies."
Well, until I came to the Hawley Arms! It was in this Camden pub that I sampled my first jelly baby. And yes, they are indeed shaped like babies (does anyone else find noshing on baby-shaped candy super strange?) They don't taste as nice as Haribo gummi bears, but that wouldn't stop me from eating them again!
The Hawley Arms didn't wow me, nor did I feel particularly at home there but the drinks were decent and overall it's a solid pub.
Went there today for lunch and a pint and fell in love with the food, servers and atmosphere. I had the veggie burger with extra onion rings, whilst a friend had yhe hawley burger and it was definitely more than worth the price!! Would definitely recommend going there and will go there again.
I came here once with some of my boys a couple of weeks ago but I was a wee to drunk to remember it well.. but err umm.... after coming here I don't remember anything at all sooo BRAVO! At least there is photographic documentation of me being here!
From what I remember... a good time was had by all.
I'll admit it. I went in here as I'm staying in the area as I'm an Amy Winehouse fan and wanted to see her old spots. This place is pretty nice....maybe too nice for a gal like me? I've been in a few times now. They offer J20 as well as a hot tea if you don't feel like boozing it up that day. Their Sunday roasts look amazing. Bathrooms were relatively clean. It is a hipster shit show. Don't be mistaken. It's skinny jeans central. This is not a pub where I've made a ton of friends. But I have at the Good Mixer where it's more of a friendly vibe.
If you want to spot for celeb-to-be or celeb-wanna-be, this is the place to go. I wasn't too pleased with the atmosphere ... full of pretentious nobody.
Although the venue itself is very cosy, I think it is a great place to chillax with your friends. But then again when you're surrounded by a bunch of nobody who acts if they are somebody, it makes you want to down the pint asap and get out of there!
I first visited this flippin' brilliant pub one Thursday afternoon, the first time I had been in London as an adult. My friend told me I would love this place and proceeded to take me...(I was going to say 'drag me' there, but I don't think I've ever been forced against my will to go to a drinking establishment in my life!)
It was a beautiful day in Camden, so we bought our (reasonably priced) beers and headed upstairs (passing Rhys Ifans on the way- ooh, check us and our celebrity co-drinkers!) to the smoking area and immediately felt incredibly relaxed (and a bit continental - it never ceases to amaze me how good drinking outside is).
The crowd was nicely mixed - actors, old men, Camden hipsters, students and a heavy metal band (who were due to play a small gig in the upstairs bar) were just some of the people who were sitting near us on that first day, and no one seemed to feel out of place, and no one was made to feel out of place. That's the kind of place I like... I hate 'scenes' and scenesters in particular, so it's great to be able to walk in somewhere just to drink, not pose.
Other stuff: The loos were clean, and the inclusion of Dyson air blades in the loos also always makes me a little giddy. I clearly need to get out more. To The Hawley Arms, preferably.
Saturday brought sun and that inspired a little pub crawl. A fine day of drinking started here because their sidewalk chalkboard said, "spring starts here" and I decided to go with it. In true English fashion, I put on my scarf, pulled up my gloves, and took my pint to a wooden table in the little "garden" (read: smoking section) out back. I angled my face towards the big fireball in the sky and tried to convince myself it was a sign of warmer days to come.
There was some good people watching to be had. I'm used to the Shoreditch brand of hipster, so this allowed me to view a different variety. The biggest difference seems to be the amount of red lipstick. I swear the boy sitting to my right was a forest nymph and if I was further along the pub crawl I would have asked him to grant me a wish. To my left was a man in camouflage having a burger and talking to his friend about cars. A little something for everyone.
Bonus: Dyson Air Blade hand dryers in the loo. It's the little things.
This pub never ceases to be underwhelming. It's by no means awful and the crowd isn't, either. The layout of the place is awkward and it always feels like it's hard to find a place to sit or stand, even when there are empty tables.
It will be around forever, I reckon, and I don't mind going there from time to time when visiting friends want some Amy Winehouse nostalgia, but I don't go out of my way for it.
I was coming to this pub expected to be surrounded by Camden's finest and maybe even Wino herself. Instead, I was surrounded by geriatrics and tourists. True it was Sunday afternoon so most people probablys till in bed sleeping off the killer Saturday that they had. But still, what was up with all of the old people?
Patrons aside, this bar has very interested decor. There is a modern moose head on the first floor, alcoves for large parties and plenty of outdoor seating. But alas it was just like any other pub. Maybe I need to come later in the evening where it'll be more interesting.
Fun crowd of people. Very sociable folks and servers.
Nooks and outdoor seating upstairs, though cold, people still hang out there.
Music was great and very danceable. It is hard to get a table. it seemed like it was standing room only so we didn't order any food.
Spilled a drink on a passerby. Thank you for being so nice. I'm still sorry. =)
The Hawley Arms patrons are a true symbol of Camdenitis. Ill fitting jeans. Pants hanging out for all to see. The ragged looking tops and unshaven faces accompany the ill fitting jeans with asses hanging out.
Local Camdenites love there alternative music and typical non-polished pub feel. The Hawley Arms delivers with its 'blah' uninspiring interior the locals clearly love. Yet with a decent selection of draught lager, good options on spirits, this bar will be a Camden destination spot for years to come.
P.s. They sell sweets behind the bar. Jelly babies in a rocks glass. LOVE IT!
And the pub crawl continues... After waiting in line or some club around here for 15 minutes and getting no-where, we bailed to head to a pub. En route, the girls had to pee and this seemed to be the pace with the shortest line, you know the rest.
A few minutes later I'm alone at the bar snagging drinks, and I notice that this place has a pretty good looking crowd and pretty hot bar tenders, +1 The Hawley Arms! Then I get the bill for the 3 Yeager bombs and 3 beers I had just purchased, only 22 pounds!?! SWOON, I like this place. +2 Halwey arms, if I end up back in Camden town you can be sure I'll head back here.
Other niceties: the random people I had started talking to (pretty much anyone who got near me) were all friendly and put up with my slurred American English, they had really cool couchy seating, and a sweet little smoking patio out back.
The Hawley Arms was the last stop for us on our Camden Pub crawl. To be honest, I was not a big fan of the majority of the pubs we visited that evening, but this one was awesome.
I haven't been really into the majority of pubs I have visited in Camden. To be honest, sometimes they are a bittttt to trashy for my taste. But I totally dig the overall vibe of this pub. A great, eclectic set of music is playing, there are large tables with comfy booths, and the crowd is chill and just out for a good time. There is a very down to earth feel here, making it a great place for a few reasonably priced pints or glasses of vino.
Also, the pub sells sweets that are gloriously on display under the light in jars right up at the bar. Totally awesome!
As a proud members of the 'When I grow up I want to be exactly like Winehouse' facebook group, my friend and I made a stop into this infamous establishment on our last trip to Camden Taaaan. Not that this was our goal, biker boots and "leather" jackets was our mission.
Recently refurbished to look as closely to how it did before people revamped the nursery rhyme to 'Camden's Burning' or beloved Amy shouted her support for her stomping ground to a bunch of bemused Americans at an awards show, it doesn't scrub up (or down as it were) too badly. It still has a very old, ruggedly feel to it with quirky decor and although it's not that small, the lack of space gives it a more intimate vibe. The drinks are not all that expensive and there's a nice roof top to sit on for a smoke or just to listen to the bustle below.
This place is always chilled out and relaxed, and the lack of pretentiousness suits me to the ground. The best times to go are obviously Friday and Saturday evenings. The daytime clientele are usually tourists and old folk but it's nice if you want a quite one away from throngs of peeps.
All in all a rather nice little pub to which I shall be returning next week en mass with others.
Sadly I never met Amy or Pete Doherty but on the bright side Phil is tapping his biker boots and I sit comfortably in my jacket as I type. Mission accomplished = Happy Yelper :)
I had a terrible cold the first time I visited the Hawley Arms. This was a few years back, pre-fire. I begged the bartender for a Hot Toddy. To my surprise he happily obliged. In fact, he went to great length to get the tea piping hot and stick cloves in the orange rind. I will forever remember him for that. I came back a few times that week and clearly irritated another bartender with the same request. My bad. I don't know if its simply because I am American or if he just didn't feel like busying himself on my behalf with a pain in the ass cocktail, but he wasn't happy about it.
If and when I ever get back to London, this will be one of the first spots I visit. Sounds like it isn't quite the same.
Gone are the good old days .... sure you can still have fun nights here but the crowd is a group of local kids who have been there every night for the past 6 years, tourists and suits.
The bartenders put the same playlists from their ipods every night always a bit too loud and will ignore you whenever there is something more interesting to do or look at.
Good for a quiet night playing connect four ----- or with lots of friends on the rooftop on a warm night. Bring your friends to marvel at the trains going by .... American tourists love that!
What I especially like about The Hawley Arms is that it has not disappeared up its own arse in a cloud of self satisfied smugness. While the hype and press about this place has sometimes been a little excessive; it was, and remains a fun, laid back boozer which pretty much fulfils your entertainment needs.
I love to come here for a Sunday lunch (if I can find a spot free that is). Trust me, this pub is one of the best places in Camden to tuck into a roast and a bottle of red, and watch the day gently ebb away. They also do a very good range of Pieminster pies, which I had with some mash, and then split a sticky toffee pudding - this is the only place that I will treat myself to such a naughty treat.
I also think the staff are great. Friendly, helpful and laid back. The scruffy and oh so cute bar man who served us lunch was so chatty that he even came to sit down with us for a bit. There are plenty of places around Camden where the staff are too cool for school (Lock Tavern I'm looking at you), so its a pleasure to be treated so well here. If you were unsure about this place because of the fear of walking into a room full of 500 Amy Winehouse wannabes I wouldn't worry - its not like that at all here.
I read with great sadness the burning down of the Hawley Arms in Camden. I went there once for a friend's birthday and had an absolute blast. Fortunately it's reopened and been refurbished, but despite them making every possible visible effort to make it what it once was, the Hawley Arms sadly is not. It's not that it's bad, it's just like a buying a car that's been in an accident: everything is in place and it seems to work fine, but that magical feeling is gone. I had to sneak a laugh at their fireplace: it contains a very accurate chalk rendition of flaming embers.
The best part of their efforts to refurbish was the use of the original wooden rafters that were not burned down. The layout has changed a fair amount and the front section is quite a bit smaller, though a really cool upstairs section now exists which will be popular with smokers. All the pictures signed by celebrities that once adorned the walls have now been exchanged with Polaroid montages peppered with the odd 'I Love Hawley' sign. Not quite the same, but definitely not quite what it was.
Oh, the Hawley Arms - like Phoenix from the flames.
Like Jesus, it rises again.
To the beautiful Camdenites that frequent this boozer, this is how they feel about the recent reopening of Hawley Arms after it was destroyed in a fire that also claimed much of the market earlier this year.
I used to come here a lot, it's a really nice place with an electric atmosphere, and fantastic for celeb spotting. Or just having a perv at the hotties that both work and drink here.
Since Amy Winehouse publicly declared her love for this place, it exists more on reputation than anything else, but with an esteemed celeb clientele it's always going to be a popular choice.
As far as I can tell the Hawley Arms has gained its notoriety by serving drinks to Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss and then by getting burnt down in the Camden stable fires earlier this year. Personally I am of the opinion that walking into a pub inhabited by Ms Winehouse is less preferable to having a sumo wrestler walk across my crotch in stilettos, but if celeb-spotting is your game (god help you) then the Hawley is a good bet.
Admittedly the pub itself does look pretty lush and the bar staff are terribly pretty but (and I know it's noones fault) the whole ordeal left me feeling a little nauseated. Everyone felt like a hanger-on, there to be seen rather than relax and enjoy themselves.
Food and drinks-wise things are pretty standard pub fare with prices that struck me as a little out of keeping with the quality. Not too impressed.
As a frequent customer of the old Hawley Arms I was left a bit disappointed by the revival of this new counterpart. Don't get me wrong, even though some of the layout has changed, and they have added a few bits and bobs such as the new Dyson hand drier in the toilets, they have done a good job at trying to bring back its original look, but somehow they have lost a little of that special something that had been able to make Hawley everyone's favourite boozer.
Let me tell you about the old Hawley Arms: It was the local hotspot for many London celebrities, a place where you would often queue up for the toilet only to see Amy Winehouse and Kelly Osbourne come out of the same cubicle before you. You could also spy on Noel Fielding and his charming attitude as he flitted about the pub flirting with girls and leaving with a different one each time. I am not really fussed about seeing celebs, but I must admit they were always entertaining. There were also hoards of autographed band photographs on the walls, of which sadly enough most of them must have burnt down. The jukebox was always on the go, and it had one of the best selections London has to offer. And last but not least, my favourite part of the pub was the owner's young black labrador, Lily, who was always friendly with everyone and always up for a belly scratch or a pat on the head.
I still enjoy the new Hawley, and am hoping that after it has 'lived' a little it will be able to regain that magic atmosphere that inhabited it so well before. Good luck Hawley.
The Hawley Arms, my girlfriend delightfully turned to me and says, is full of girls! Girls! Crazy. My girlfriend obviously hasn't seen the news reels, heard about the incredible elite that favour this pub. There are some truly big names who drink here, but I personally am not a fan. The pub is well aware of its own importance and as such, have increased drink prices by about 60%. When I walked in, a lot of girls scrutinised me, hoping I was famous. Fortunately, they realised I was a carbon copy of George Clooney and we had a bit of a good time.
Really, I just left quite quickly.
The Hawley Arms lives up to expectations. This is a great pub. The staff is incredibly attentive and friendly. There are some comfy couches you can perch yourself on, tables inside, and and a small area out back if you want to be outside. Reasonably priced pub for Camden that has a very unique vibe. It attracts a good crowd and carries a nice vibe with the music played.
Great spot! Amazing live music, beers, exciting crowd. It appears to be quite lively on any given night.
Our trip of European drunken debauchery began here, at The Hawley Arms.
As many have stated, the crowd is fun and enjoyable. The lady bar tenders were good looking and the drinks reasonably priced. For someone who is converting USD to GBP, this is a big deal.
The music was pretty good, but your standard juke box selection. The few items we ordered to nosh on (cheese sticks, fries) were also tasty.
Just an overall good place to enjoy a few pints and some snacks amongst friends. When I go back to London, I'll definitely be stopping by here again.
Apparently this is where Wino drinks these days, and if she's as big a fan of real ale as I am, I can see why. A quite trad pub with a cool edge to it, plenty of room, and a real open fire is always a nice touch in winter. There's a heated outdoor terrace for the smokers amongst you too.
Tragically, The Hawley Arms was destroyed in a massive fire round Camden Market the other night. Awful news indeed. I hope, like a Phoenix from the flames, they rise again.
The Hawley was a great pub - had many a fine time here including 2 or 3 birthdays along the way. Terrible that it has been so damaged in the Camden fire on Saturday 9th Feb that apparently the talk is of it being pulled down. Hope the guys and girls behind the Hawley can get it back up and running again soon - best of luck to them, they ran a fine pub with a great atmosphere. Lets hope the traditional pub feel, the smoking deck and the good food can be brought back to Camden quickly.
A bit about the fire here: nme.com/news/razorlight/…
The Hawley has been a great fixture in Camden long before the heat magazine reading masses flooded along to catch a glimpse of Winehouse and other drug addled celebs.
The reason is quite simple, it's a top pub with good staff, decent food, great music and an awesome selection of beers (ales and all).
As predicted below it has risen from the flames of the camden fire and will still be one of the best pubs around long after the spotlight of fashion has moved on to pastures new.
Great Pub, comfortable, laid back with great staff and jukebox. There is food if you are hungry, while not gourmet it does the job.
I love the upstairs with the comfortable chairs and big windows. If you are lucky enough on a sunny day to get a seat on the upstairs patio even better!
Just what your local pub should be really!
I used to slate the Hawley a little bit as I always thought it had a bit of a 'too cool for school' vibe but recently I've really had to eat my words! Nowadays everytime I go to this pub I have an amazing time - the staff are always so chilled and friendly and are always up for a little conversation if things aren't too busy.
The drinks are reasonably priced and they do a pretty good meal if you get down early enough for a table on a weekend. I recommend it as a good place to start your Saturday night (Fridays are generally WAY to busy for walk-in drinks as so many companies go down there at the end of the day for a quick one) if you get there for around 8.30 you are almost guaranteed a table. A word of warning, if there are more than 8 of you then book a table as they generally don't let in big groups unless you've reserved!
The Hawley Arms USED to be a pub before it turnt into more of a wine bar and there was always a lively atmosphere and entertainment with staff alert and ready to take orders.
it was unfortunate that so early nito there renovation to a wine bar that the camden fire burnt it down
The Hawley Arms often gets a bad reputation for being full of idiot trendy types trying to sleep with famous people who aren't actually there (well, not at the weekend anyway).
Which is true. But not entirely. If you go in the week, the clientele is local Camden workers, and granted a few annoying trendy types, but nothing too offensive!
It is easy to forget that the people working here are brilliant, so friendly and helpful. The food is awesome and VERY reasonable prices. The atmosphere has changed a little, particularly upstairs, but dammit they only just rebuilt it so give it a chance!
Long live the Hawley Arms (on a weekday).
Nice remake after the fire.
A little too Indie cool with the whole Kate Moss and Pet Doherty thing.
But a nice pub either way.
I really liked this (upmarket - ish) pub - before the fire :(
Usually packed on weekend nights, at first it seemed like it was too crowded to be enjoyable, until you realised there was a staircase leading upstairs to a further 2 levels (from memory) - the top having a fantastic roof terrace with seats all along the sides so you could have a gander at the streets below. Music was good, has a nice mix of ages, scruffy trendy looking people but not in a too 'up themselves' way...throughly liked it & would've visited more often had it not been closed down.
*Apparently it is reopening to the public from the 30th Oct 2008 *
I found the Hawley Arms to be pretty cool, first impressions were based on the fact that they played great music, the bartender and decor were nice, but let's be fair- he couldn't pour a gin and tonic to save his life! I looked around and everyone drank pints but cocktails are not in their vernacular. Yes, I know it's an English pub and not a bar, but if you have the stuff to make these drinks, shouldn't you be trained to make 'em? my friend asked for a manhattan, and it was like the moment when the needle scratched the record. He was met with a glazed look. If you drink beer though, then you're in luck and this may be your pub of choice because it certainly is a neat little hang.
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