Hawley Wharf has landed in Camden.
During idle moments when we weren’t writing articles or frittering away our time on the Internet, the Secret London team watched the Hawley Wharf development progress (at least until March 2020, when like the rest of you we retreated to staring at the walls of our flats). Anyway, having seen the new shopping and dining destination come to life, we can now bring you news that it has officially opened its doors. Here’s what we know about north London’s newest retail hub!
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Hawley Wharf is the first new retail destination to arrive in London since before the pandemic, and there’s plenty packed inside. It comes to us from the same team who own Camden Market and Buck Street Market, and completes their hat-trick of Camden properties. Having a 580,000 square foot shopping, drinking, and dining space literally right next door to Secret London HQ is likely to prove dangerous for both our productivity and bank accounts, but I guess that’s a danger we’ll have to live with.
Inside, you’ll find a mix of independent retailers and big-name brand stores; the former include vegan and organic skincare brand SknFed, skate shop Scum, natural fabric clothing hub Manomay, and anime specialists Plugy, amongst many others. Sprinkled in amongst the shops are an array of tasty restaurants such as BBQ aces HotBox, dim sum dynamos BaoziInn, Greek desserts from Stilvi, perfect French patisserie from Philippe Conticini, and Chinatown legends Bun House, with even more to follow.
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Add in a five-screen branch of Curzon Cinema – which nestles snugly inside eight railway arches and is inspired by the designs of New York jazz bars – and exclusive gym Camden Boxing Club, and you can see that the Hawley Wharf team have elected to cram a lot of stuff into the new development. That’s without even mentioning the 195 apartments, new co-working space, and farmers market that also form part of the development plan, which has squeezed neatly between Regent’s Canal and the Overground line.
The grand opening marks another era of change for Camden, which will hopefully soon include the NYC-inspired Camden Highline and may even feature a giant observation wheel. Add in a wealth of excellent restaurants and brilliant boozers in the area, and it’s small wonder that Camden is the word on everyone’s lips.
Meanwhile, Battersea Power Station’s shopping centre is starting to take shape.
Also published on Medium.