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

OG - Singer-Songwriter Night
Calling all Lennon and McCartneys! For those budding, established or wannabe singer-songwriters, this is the place to be. Whether you are a Parton…

Monday 18th November and Monday 23rd December 2019

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Casual bottomless Brunch
Casual Bottomless Boozy Brunch just got better.  Come to The Birds and let us treat you to a casual Saturday or SUNDAY brunch each week! ?Choose…

Various dates from Saturday 23rd November 2019

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Ru Paul's Drag Race Pub Quiz
What am I sitting on? What is she wearing? This and many other questions are all up for answering in the pub quiz with a difference. Themed questions…

Sun, 24th Nov 2019 @ 19:30 - 22:00

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Musical Madness
Life is a Cabaret old chum! Join us for a brand new musical themed Monday night at the Owl & Hitchhiker. From Grease to The Greatest Showman…

Every 1st Monday of the month

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Tay Tay Brunch
Look what you made us do!? ....ready for it? A Taylor Swift bottomless BRUNCH! To show that you belong with us, to celebrate the pop power house…

Sat, 22nd Feb 2020 @ 11:00 - 14:00

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It's Britney, Brunch
Quizzes, games and prizes galore fill this bottomless mimosa'd and live music extravaganza. The best of Brit comes form your singing-host and…

Sat, 25th Apr 2020 @ 11:00 - 14:00

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Day Open Close Notes
Monday 12:00 23:00
Tuesday 12:00 23:00
Wednesday 12:00 23:00
Thursday 12:00 1:00
Friday 12:00 1:00
Saturday 12:00 2:00
Sunday 12:00 23:00



Owl and Hitchhiker, 471 Holloway Road, N7 6LE


North London

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  • 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.

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