London's Best Craft Beer Bars

Increasing numbers of London beer aficionados are turning to artisan brewers’s “golden fuel”. Younger, cooler crowds are rediscovering IPAs, Stouts and Casks. London Real Ale pubs and microbreweries’ rocketing popularity follows a precise developing new trend among drinkers weary of mass-marked produced beers. Britain's ever-growing number of brew pubs suggest that the revolution is only at the beginning. Here our list of recommended London craft beer pubs. 

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Last updated on 16th May 2024




The Morpeth Arms

Based a stone's throw away from the Palace of Westminster, the Morpeth Arms acts as a metropolitan sanctuary, offering escape from the constantly bustling world outside. Full of regal decor and vibrant decorations, it's the food and drinks menu that really stands out. The bar showcases the very best that London's breweries have to offer, including smooth craft lagers, flavoursome real ales and dark, fiery stouts. To keep things afloat, the chefs dabbles in traditional recipes, plating up delectable catch-of-the-day treats and serving succulent cuts of seasoned meat. 

The Victoria

The Victoria has been setting the standard for live music rooms in East London for decades, but there's much more of a focus on the pubby part of the venue these days. The atmosphere is serene and familiar, and the pub serves a sturdy range of locally brewed craft beers.

Temple Brew House

Drawing in craft beer enthusiasts from all over the capital, the Temple Brew House is a charming venue in the middle of town that offers a relaxed dining and drinking experience to all its patrons. Armed with a menu of traditional British recipes and showcasing the finest creations of London's most well-known brewers, the venue deals only in complex flavours and carefree vibes. 

The Stag

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If you're after a selection of great beers, try The Stag, as they boast over 24 taps and over 100 bottles and cans of beer. These are sourced from local brewers in the capital and across the country, and the pub often teams up with their favourite brewers to deliver excellent beer experiences. Meanwhile, their food is a seasonal pub affair – and their Sunday roast is known across the globe.

The Four Thieves

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With Laine Brewing's London head brewer Jim Wilson at the helm using IPA, ESB, RPA and Porter recipes, there will be a veritable waterfall of craft ales going down at The Four Thieves. A keg ale and Czech style pilsner are also in the pipeline for your enjoyment! If it's gin you want, gin you shall have! Growing lavender on their beer garden roof to distil into gin in their own distillery, this is seriously home-grown stuff! 

Bird House Brewery

For the freshest pints around, just a stone's throw from Brockwell Park, make your way to Bird House Brewery. This lively venue can be found underneath the railway arches of Herne Hill, serving a selection of home-brewed pale ales and lagers, alongside classic cocktails. Whether you're in the industrial interiors or chilling out on the sunny terrace, you can also enjoy DJ sets and live music here on weekends.

The East Hill

Grab a pint of craft beer, sink into one of the softer-than-soft armchairs and wash yourself with the heat of a crackling fire at the East Hill pub. Armed by the freshest ingredients and the finest cuts of meat, the chefs at this homely pub have skillfully curated a menu of hearty British dishes. Perfectly seasoned steaks are plated up beside delicious salads and chips, while hearty sausages produced on Britain's finest farms are placed on top of a portion of light mash potatoes. To help wash it down, there's a fantastic line up of locally brewed craft beers and real ales to sink into.

The Albany

Located in Fitzrovia, The Albany is a great spot for a pint of craft ale, as the pub rotates a selection of 13 different types. If you're looking for a little more to a night in central London, the venue has a secret basement bar that puts on DJ nights as well as live music.

St John’s Tavern

For craft beer by the barrel load, look no further than St John's Tavern in Clapham. This cool watering hole has over 20 on tap, rotating between South London's finest breweries and serving up their pints alongside bottomless pizza and £1 wings.

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With a mighty impressive line-up of craft beer that changes regularly and showcases an exclusive selection from some of London's coolest breweries, WGT is one of the finest places to head for a decent pint in south-east London. Take your pick between a pint from all kinds of interesting breweries, with a vinyl-only music policy on the speakers and a spacious suntrap of a beer garden out back.

The Exmouth Arms

You'll find some of the most delicious craft beers at The Exmouth Arms in Clerkenwell, nestled within the heart of the market. It showcases an array of local breweries, ever-changing and always top-notch. Noticeable from the onset thanks to its shiny, emerald green tiles and cosy inside with exposed brick walls and golden light fixtures, this Victorian boozer is an atmospheric place to visit with friends to enjoy a fresh pint or two. 

BrewDog Bars In London

BrewDog pride themselves on serving only the best, most exciting and most flavoursome craft beers we can get our paws on from all corners of the planet. This Scottish Brewer has 18 draft lines and a selection of the best bottled beers at the majority of their bars; find them across London. 

Brewhouse & Kitchen Highbury

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With over 50 different home-brewed small batch craft beers on offer, Brewhouse & Kitchen is the place to visit if you fancy yourself as a bit of a beer connoisseur. An on-site micro-brewery and huge metallic vats allows their guests to sample the brewer's latest seasonal, hop-based venture. To accompany the refreshing pints, their impressive menu offers a huge array of international dishes, such as a delicious Mezze Platter and perfectly cooked Arancini Risotto Balls.

Mammoth Tap

On the hunt for a craft beer bar in Leyton? Look no further than Mammoth Tap. Not only is there a mouthwatering selection of small batched brews to get your hands on, but there are also regular food truck visitors and live music gigs. Sign us up.

The Birds

Retaining its traditional East End boozer vibe but adding a whole load of quirky, The Birds in Leytonstone has had a revamp. Now inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, the venue is full of kitsch corners, has a hearty food menu and serves beer from local London breweries.

40FT Brewery

If there's two things that 40ft Brewery are passionate about, it's beer and sustainability. This Dalston gem brews tasty tipples on site from only the finest, carefully sourced local ingredients, using traditional methods to blend distinctive craft beers to suit everyone's taste. And in the summer months? Soak up the sun with a pint in their gorgeous garden.

The Pembury Tavern

Operated by long-standing local brewing company Five Points, you can expect the freshest pints from The Pembury Tavern in Hackney. They also host tap takeovers and tasting events for true beer fans, while also providing award-winning New York-style pizzas to soak up the booze. Slices range from double pepperoni to a veggie supreme – enhanced by their dips, including the truffle aioli and 'crack sauce'.

Greenwood

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Based in London's Victoria, Greenwood has drawn in crowds from across London with its offering of stunning dishes and ice cold craft beers. The chefs plate up a menu of both traditional British dishes and new, daring plates. But it's the bar that's really caught our eye. The bar staff have pulled together some of the finest craft beers and real ales from London's most prestigious breweries, including the famous Long Arm Brewing company. 

Pillars Brewery

Located in Walthamstow, the award-winning Pillars Brewery has been producing some of the freshest lager around since 2016. Their cosy taproom serves delicious pints of the stuff, as well as a cracking selection of locally sourced pales, stouts, ciders and more, with an on-site food truck that dishes out scrumptious Indian fare. What's more, if you visit on a Sunday then you can enjoy a range of old-school video games for free, courtesy of RetroLDN, and you can even bring your dogs along to this welcoming venue.

Trinity Borough

You'll be spoilt for choice at Trinity Borough, which boasts 15 taps of tasty tipples. You'll find an excellent selection of craft beer up for grabs, from Beavertown's Gamma Ray through to Fuller's Frontier, which would go down all too well with one of the pub's Sunday roasts.

The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet is one of the oldest pubs in Wimbledon, feeding weary travellers and guests since 1881. The team behind this venue have worked tirelessly to create a welcoming, cosy atmosphere for visitors to unwind in; think homely fires, quaint antiques and huge armchairs. To complete the experience, guests can get stuck into their exquisite drink and food menu. From cask ales and craft beers to tender British steak and fresh, pan-fried fish, expect to leave this cosy spot a few pounds heavier and with a huge smile etched on your face.