I’ve loved you from the moment I heard of you. The anticipation built. I asked myself if this could be real, if I was blowing things up. Fantasising over what might be, only to be met by a two bit phoney, a rehash of all those blind fascinations that had disappointed before. I have to admit to stalking you on social media, wanted to know you so much that I could barely contain myself, but understood that you weren’t ready…
From the moment you were though, I was there. Now we see one another daily. I love your secrets waiting to be discovered, that every time I visit you, you surprise me with something new that I’ve never known before, I love your angles, your structure and your brilliance. I think about you often and wish to see you all the time. You bring a smile to my face whenever I remember you, and I talk about you obsessively. Hawley Wharf, I’ve waited years for you, I’m so happy that you’re finally here and open now. What’s more, I’m so happy that you’re mine.
Deejays are descending. The Curzon Cinema is a jewel box sequence of screening rooms occupying the railway arch. Here are my favourite selections from my new neighbour, the just opened and totes amazes Hawley Wharf:
Hawley Wharf has taken everything that the area’s famed tourist-magnet markets offer and infused that with sophistication, style and quality.
Sip sublime Colombian coffee from Amar Café, the best crispy salt squid on the planet at Eka Chai, award-winning dumplings at Baozilnn and delicious fried pizza bites at Adore Fritto. Competition can be fierce for a seat at the marble counter to enjoy Ceviche, tacos and frozen margaritas at Chingon so why not try the molecular-style flaming dishes at Black Sheep or the smoked meats from Shoreditch favourite HotBox. Or try my favourite approach – order a dish from each (handheld buzzers alert you to when your food is ready) for a gourmet safari.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Josiah Amari creates custom-tailored kids wear stitched before your eyes – they can whizz up a matching piece for adult tagalongs, too…
The Spread Food Market – gorgeous artisan treats, from boutique producers, from farm to market, every Saturday and Sunday.
Mr Sneakers pop up @ Article – the cultist trainers wall in town
Get coiffed at Butcher’s Vegan Hair Salon, indulge in organic skincare at Sknfed London then get in the ring at the cinematic – and ultra authentic – Camden Boxing Club.
The new Curzon cinema has just opened, with each of its bijoux, pastel-shaded screening rooms occupying its own arch. Seriously, the cuteness, and comeliness, is killing me.
With Love from London – the first pancake art café in London has rainbow coloured cheese toasties, custom made souvenirs and pancakes shaped like beefeaters in a unicorn-hued café. What’s not to like?
The Wharf’s very own town crier heralding the marauding masses every Friday – Sunday.
Colors Festival is an interactive street art extravaganza just opened for the summer.
For family fun, Babylon Park is the only indoor theme park in the UK.
Elsewhere in Camden, Lara Croft’s Tomb Raider experience has opened, you can enter the world of the Peaky Blinders, dance along with the Coyote Ugly girls and the Camden High Line has just been given the go ahead… So, what are you waiting for? Head there now!