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 2nd April 2024




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. 

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.

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. 

Watson's General Telegraph

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 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 Oxford Tavern

Looking for a craft beer bar with classic pub charm? The Oxford Tavern is a Kentish Town favourite, bursting with an eclectic mix of beer from regional, local and international talent. Swing by for a cold brew before a gig or pass the time by pairing your pint with one of their hearty meals. 

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.

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.  

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. 

Greenwood

Lunch Deal and 4 other offers

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. 

Hydrant

Another Fullers pub hits the streets of City with The Hydrant opening in Monument. Sticking to Fullers tradition and satisfying classic British boozer style, you'll find nothing but the best beers behind this bar and traditional pub grub coming out of the kitchen. Set up camp at this boozer and see the night away in comfort with a pint in hand. 

The Stag

We LOVE Fridays - £10 WINGS ALL DAY!!! Happy Hour on House Cocktails FROM 5PM TO 7PM. Mojoto, Esprsso Martini & Margarita and 1 other offer

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 Arch House

Looking to wet your whistle with award-winning craft brews? Then head on over to The Arch House, nestled on the Bermondsey Beer Mile. Pop along to this rustic-chic hangout to tip back everything from cider and beer to bubbles and spirits, accompanied by elevated bar snacks.

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.

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'.

The Four Thieves

The Kids Table

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!