Save The Hawley Arms
Pubs are the cornerstone of our communities but they are closing at an alarming rate, often being bought by developers. Camden closures include The Black Horse, The Black Cap, Caenarvon Castle, Crown and Goose, Stag’s Head and now we too are at risk as Greene King is selling the The Hawley Arms where we have owned the lease since 2004. The best way to safeguard the pub, we decided was to buy it, but trying to raise this level of finance in the current economic climate has proved a mammoth challenge. A gigantuan commercial mortgage and as many personal loans as we could muster mean we are almost there, but we are turning to you, our customers, supporters and friends with a plea, to help us raise the final money needed.
A lot has happened since 2004, few believe us when we say that back then, we stood on the high street convincing people to turn right under the bridge to try our Hawley. Although we have made a lot of changes since then, our intention has remained the same, to create a place where anyone could come to have a quiet pint, listen to good music, meet friends, enjoy great pub food, party, see a band and create long lasting memories.
Memories… Maybe you had a pint served to you by Amy, or you were here for Andy Burrows and Gary Powell’s ‘drum off’ at the bar, when Johnny Borrell parked his motorbike inside the pub, or when David Schwimmer got behind the bar pouring Guinness. Perhaps you were part of the Mighty Boosh days: Noel Fielding holding court and Julian Barrett sat by the fireplace, nose in a book, headphones on and do not disturb in his eyes. Possibly you were with us watching the Camden Market Fire in 2008, the night that Amy famously exclaimed while collecting her grammy ‘Camden Town ain’t burning down’. Maybe you were one of our amazing supporters who helped us convince the council and planners to let us rebuild from the ashes, allowing the memories to continue… Drinking clubs with Alexa Chung, Grimmy and friends; a Kook here, an Arctic Monkey there; pints and red wine with Pete Doherty; birthday celebrations with Carl Barat & Russell Brand; epic jager bomb trains with Wolf Alice. The myriad gigs: Razorlight performing on the roof terrace; Wolf Alice in celebration of their Mercury Music prize winning second album; Frank Turner packing out a Monday night; Squeeze with Lord Large playing Camden Crawl; Martha Wainwright serenading the crowd; Lee Mavers of The La’s leading a sing-a-long to ‘There She Goes’ and of course the impromptu soulful sets from Amy.
Of equal importance to the Hawley story are the less familiar faces: our locals (Piers Hernu, Rasta Colin, Chris McCormack, Dancing Tony, Justin & Jonny, Wolves Mike, Richie Hope, Cal McRae, Jeff Barrett, Maggie French); staff from MTV, Bauer, Associated Press, E4, Channel 5 and all the other local businesses that have had boozy meetings, leaving do’s and parties with us; Angus and Faber; Heath Ball and all of you who have stumbled upon us, or come to Camden to find us.
We would also like to thank Time Out, Vice, NME, The Times, Evening Standard, Camden New Journal, Morning Advertiser, Pictures On Walls for championing us from the beginning.
We thank you all and our wonderful staff for being part of the Hawley and making it so special. Please help us to keep the good times rolling x