Owl and Hitchhiker


Formerly The Edward Lear, this pub has undergone a complete transformation to become The Owl and Hitchhiker. Inspired by two of the area's most famous residents, the pub's name comes from Edward Lear (writer of the Owl and Pussycat) and Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).

The opposing themes of both writers will be seen in the incredible decor of the pub, from wall murals, carved owls, and futuristic contraptions. The Hitchhiker's Guide's motto 'don't panic' has been carved and is hung from the mezzanine level. The Islington boozer provides a hearty menu of burgers, salads and bar snacks, along with several delicious vegan options.

Drinks will be craft beer and real ale heavy, with plenty of local London breweries on tap. Upstairs, there will be a secret cocktail bar serving quirky mixes and over the weekends, there will be a hot line-up of DJs and live bands.

What's on

Tuesday Quiz
Come on down and test you knowledge at our weekly quiz! Hosted by the Good Time Gals, at Owl and Hitchhiker, you know its going to be A LOT of…

Every Tuesday

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Open Mic Night
Every Wednesday we will be hosting an Open Mic night! This will give you the chance to showcase your skills, stich up a friend, or just havesome…

Every Wednesday

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£5 - £50


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Day Open Close Notes
Monday 12:00 2:00
Tuesday 12:00 2:00
Wednesday 12:00 2:00
Thursday 12:00 2:00
Friday 12:00 2:00
Saturday 12:00 2:00
Sunday 12:00 22:00

Special opening hours

Day Open Close Notes
Sunday 16th June 2024 - 0:00
Sunday 23rd June 2024 - 0:00
Sunday 30th June 2024 - 0:00
Sunday 14th July 2024 - 1:00



Owl and Hitchhiker, 471 Holloway Road, N7 6LE


North London


  • Cuisines

    This venue serves Burgers, Bar Snacks, Vegetarian Friendly and Vegan Friendly food.

  • A word from the chef:

    The Owl and Hitchhiker is bringing deliciousness in the form of quirky burgers, bar snacks and salads.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Function Room Private Room 50 110 - - £2500

Our first-floor beautiful private room with adjoining parlour is perfect for the intimate wedding reception. Exposed wood floors and tiled floors, dark walls, large sash windows, wooden furniture, gold fixtures, soft yellow warm lighting, and two fireplaces – it’s the perfect romantic setting.

Proudly perched in the middle of Holloway Road, North London is the most aesthetically pleasing, one-of-a-kind pub you will ever come across.

A storybook pub mashing up two styles from locally born authors, no two weddings will ever be the same. Douglas Adams’s sci-fi The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is met with fantastical poet Edward Lear’s Owl & The Pussycat. Thus creating a backdrop for photos and pockets of rooms with different energies.

The bar is fully stocked with locally brewed beers from near and far, wines from the world (even vegan ones too), and an array of distilled spirits hand-selected for your beverages and cocktails.

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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