If you've ever drank at The Alma near Canonbury station, then you're in for a similar experience at North by Northwest, under the same management. The pub opened in early 2016, replacing the North Pole. Despite enjoying a complete refit, the place feels comfortable, even lived-in. The long drinking space is punctuated with numerous tributes to Alfred Hitchcock. (The great director began his career just south of here at Gainsborough Studios, now turned to residential blocks surrounding a giant Hitchcock head.) The bar serves a good range of ales. Our first request tasted off, but the bar staff changed it with an apology and without quibble. A small beer garden to the rear gives al fresco options. Just watch out for the birds.
North By Northwest
Address: 188-190 New N Rd London N1 7BJ
Phone: 020 3773 6660