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Owl & Hitchhiker

(formerly Edward Lear, Quays, Half Moon)

471 Holloway Road
N7 6LE

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Opening Times

MondayMidday - 1.00 am
TuesdayMidday - 1.00 am
WednesdayMidday - 1.00 am
ThursdayMidday - 1.00 am
FridayMidday - 2.00 am
SaturdayMidday - 2.00 am
SundayMidday - 11.30 pm

Meal Times

12 - 10


Laine Pub Company

About the Pub

Following its acquisition by Laine's (and then their acquisition) the pub closed briefly and has re-opened as Owl & Hitchhiker. The second part of the latest name comes from the fact that author Douglas Adams lived nearby. The first is in recognition of Edward Lear, see below. A mixture of science (!) and nonsense. There is also a very large tree internal to the pub!

It was formerly the Half Moon. Re-opened 2001 as 'The Quays'. It was bought by the group behind Prince Albert NW1, Three Compasses N8 and Adam & Eve NW7 and the name changed to Edward Lear. In Dec 2017, owner the Distinct Group was acquired by Laine's. As a result Laine's beers can now be found.

The pub has very impressive interior. There are 4 handpumps providing three real ales and a cider. It was briefly named the Edward Lear who was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, born just around the corner in 1812.

Internal decoration might best be summarised as eclectic.

Historic Interest

Grade II listing:- c1860. Brick with render and painted stone dressings. Stone dressings. Slate roof with ridge and end stacks. Three storeys; three-window range. Tripartite sashes with elaborate surrounds and alternate triangular and segmental ediments. Arcaded ground floor with ironwork above recessed entrance. Second floor has tripartite sash flanked by 2/2 sashes under segmental heads. INTERIOR: open plan with cast-iron columns with Corinthian capitals. Elaborately carved bar fittings with much engraved glass. Room to rear with recessed niche and stage.

Regular cask ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Laine --varies--

Changing cask ales

This pub serves 2 changing beers.

Eg Signature, One Mile End.

Source: Local

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Owl & Hitchhiker, Holloway


  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available


  • CaskMarque Cask Marque Accredited
  • RealHeritagePub Heritage Pub

    Regionally Important Historic Interior




  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals
  • EveningMeals Evening Meals
  • Garden Pub Garden

    Front terrace.

  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly
  • FunctionRoom Function Room
  • Games Traditional Pub Games

    Board Games.

  • LiveMusic Live Music
  • Newspapers Newspapers
  • SportsTV Sports TV

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Owl & Hitchhiker

471 Holloway Road
N7 6LE

Sat Nav Reference

51.560483, -0.123791


  • <Underground Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

Closest Station (1400m)

Finsbury Park

Nearby London Underground/Overground/DLR (500m)

Upper Holloway

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