July 23 2021 marks a decade since one of the most talented singers in music history passed away at the age of 27. Amy Winehouse was not just an artist but an iconic, generous, intelligent and a remarkable woman who changed the music and fashion industry forever.
By Alžbeta Bulíková
Her albums (Frank, 2003 and Back To Black, 2006) opened the door to many artists who got inspired by her artistry (Adele, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith..). Amy Winehouse was raised in Southgate, London but later on moved to Camden where she lived until her very last day. Camden was her home and a place that made her very happy and joyful. Once, she described Camden to her father Mitch as her “playground”. From Jazz Café to Hawley Arms, that’s where you would find her, having fun and being the real and kind girl who loved people and Camden so much.
10 years on, and it still feels like Amy Winehouse never left. Her energy, her music are in almost every corner of Camden. She is the face of it. Local people in Camden, who own the shops or live here, remember her as at generous and down to earth human being – no matter what she was going through.
Her very last public appearance was on 20 July 2011 in Roundhouse, Chalk Farm where she joined her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield, on the stage. On this day, as every year, fans come to Camden to celebrate Amy and keep her legacy alive. Amy Winehouse was and always will be the queen of Camden. She will be remembered forever, for being a remarkable artist, fashion icon and an idol who taught people to be honest and always themselves.
If you are an Amy Winehouse fan or are more interested in her these are the places you should check out while visiting Camden!
30 Camden Square
This is the place where Amy Winehouse passed away in 2011. Since her passing fans tend to visit this street, leave flowers and notes across the road.
Camden Market and the statue
The famous life-size statue of Amy is very easy to be found in the heart of Camden itself. Not only fans but also tourists come here to take photos of it and walk around the market since it was her favourite place.
Hawley Arms and The Good Mixer
If Amy Winehouse would go to a pub in Camden, it would be Hawley Arms or The Good Mixer where you could find her playing pool. Amy’s fans love to visit both of these places since she spent a lot of her time there.
Jeffrey’s Place and Prowse Place
Both of these flats used belong to Amy until she passed. These locations are recognisable as Amy was regularly photographed here.
From all her fans, and the people of Camden Town: Amy, you are forever in our hearts.
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