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Owl & Hitchhiker

(formerly Edward Lear, Quays, Half Moon)

471 Holloway Road
N7 6LE

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Opening Times


MondayNoon - 1.00 am
TuesdayNoon - 1.00 am
WednesdayNoon - 1.00 am
ThursdayNoon - 1.00 am
FridayNoon - 1.00 am
SaturdayNoon - 1.00 am
SundayNoon - 11.30 pm

Meal Times

Mon - Thu 5pm - 9.30pm
Fri & Sat noon - 10pm
Sun noon - 9pm


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! The pub has very impressive interior. Internal decoration might best be summarised as eclectic.

It was formerly the Half Moon. Then it 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 who was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, born just around the corner in 1812. In Dec 2017, owner the Distinct Group was acquired by Laine's. As a result Laine's beers can now be found.

There were 4 handpumps providing three real ales and a cider. But post lockdowns the manager has said that there is no intetion to resume sales of cask beer. "It's the old "we have to pour it away" argument, and he wasn't interested in arguments about choice or about promoting the product. It's "the demographic", apparently..."

BUT then in July 2022 - from our reporter, "I popped in for a drink last night - and there was cask back on. Some Landlord - not earth-shattering, but OK. I asked the barman when it came back on but answer came there none..."

Their website says they are open daily from noon until late.

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 ales

This pub serves 1 regular beer.

  • Timothy Taylor Landlord

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  • Garden 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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Owl & Hitchhiker - Holloway

Owl & Hitchhiker

471 Holloway Road
N7 6LE

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Historic Pub Interior
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Dog Friendly
  • Function Room
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Live Music
  • Newspapers
  • Sports TV
  • Close to London Underground / Overground / DLR

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