Sipping your craft beer, gazing ponderously out onto the river whilst surrounded by eccentric knick knacks. How spot on is that image? Enact the fantasy by heading down to The Bull's Head in Barnes for a craft beer and some proper pub grub. You won't find a more idyllic location or homely atmosphere anywhere!
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.
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 craft revolution is in full flow at 28 West, where guests pick between a strong range of favourites from right across the globe. Come after work and perch yourself next to the Thames, there's classic American grill fare to partner with your pint too!
Draft House is opening a new spot near Tower Bridge. The renowned pub will be taking on an American diner theme with bottle-green booths and retro pictures; grab a burger and beer and sit back with friends at this chilled spot.
Offering one of the best beer selections in Shoreditch, the Goose Island Brewpub brings your tap after tap of crafty goodness, alongside tasty pizzas, subs and sides.
Powder Keg Diplomacy offers a variety of craft beers from all over the world. The nine draft pumps include the seasonal Meantime Pacific Pale Ale and two Dark Star brews; then try something from the innovative Bristol Beer Company or Lovibonds from Henley.
The Draft House's latest venue is a gorgeous spot next to the Imperial War Museum in South London. With Victorian tiling and lots of quirky features, The Tankard is a great choice for excellent craft beer in London.
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.
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.
Nothing quite says a night in the pub nowadays than a craft pint, and it's oh so easy to get your hands on some in the heart of Mile End. Head on down for a roster of London favourites in the pub before heading for a top British meal.
With onsite operations ran by London's Laine Brewing Compay, Aeronaut has mastered the art of barrel to bar tapping out fresh pints of their lovely stuff straight to the punters. If you have a taste for hops and a homegrown flavour then Aeronaut will definitely quench your thirst with their long bar showcasing real, crafty ales.
Perfect for a group dinner in London or a team night out, Royal Oak in Willesden is a traditional gastro pub that's full of charm and character. The old mahogany bar serves all the usual suspects, alongside a selection of fine wines and locally sourced ales. To sweeten the deal, the venue serves up delicious plates of gastro dishes, including hearty roast dinners, crispy fish and chips and belly-warming steak pies.
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!
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.
Based in Waterloo and run by two brothers, Jack's bar is a characterful spot that serves wonderful comfort food dishes and crowd pleasing drinks. Originally owned by their father in the 1970s, the two brother have purposely kept the venue bare, using exposed brick walls and wooden floors to emphasise the fact the bar is set underneath railway arches. From ice-cold craft beers to spirit and spice infused cocktails, the venue is sure to leave you with a beaming smile.
Chalkpit is a gorgeously stylish pub on Streatham High Road, boasting an ample selection of craft brews from across the UK, alongside specially-designed cocktails and wine from around the world, all of which perfectly accompany the pub's famed flatbreads.
A short stroll from Bethnal Green tube station, Fugitive Motel is coming up trumps when it comes to craft beer. The American-style space has regular guest beers along with a great selection of local brews, chuck in some of their pizza, and you've got yourself a great night in East London.
With a bar well versed in hops, The Queen Adelaide is your Putney go-to for some of the best craft beer in London. Hosting both Meantime ales and Camden brewery ales by draught you can kick back with a pint of the good stuff at this charming South London pub. There's even a secret garden to enjoy some alfresco drinks in.
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.
Radicals & Victuallers has the only thing needed to make a juicy burger even better - craft beers. Their selection of craft beers accompanies their menu of sizzling American classics and live music to dance to after you crack open a few.
East London's best craft brewery CRATE will be opening its brew-shed up to civilians for a number of tasting tours. For those looking to learn more about the making process of their favourite craft brews, this London brewery tasting tour is a must. Coming in both standard tasting tour and premium tour packages, there's something for every hop-head.
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.
From all the big London breweries through to beers from across the pond, Howl at the Moon is a top choice for a night out in Hoxton with its huge range of beers and friendly charm.
Offering escape from the constant London bustle, the Smugglers Tavern on Warren Street is a charming pub that's stocked with the best craft beer in town. The talented chefs in the kitchen are on hand to deliver fresh gastro dishes and brunch classics, all made using the freshest ingredients available. Better still, the bar showcases the finest bottles and brews that over 20 different British breweries have to offer.
Located in the city, Tank and Paddle have a huge range of craft ales and beers. They've partnered with local Meantime brewery, which are served directly from their tanks to ensure the freshest quality. Order a pizza or side of Mac 'n Cheese, and you've got yourself a cracking night at this bar, or one of the brand's other venues in Heddon Street and Bishopsgate.
Spit & Sawdust is a contemporary boozer located in the heart of Borough. Boasting twenty dedicated craft lines, this place has a regularly revolving list of beers, with favourites from the likes of Wylam Brewery, Arbor and Brighton Bier amongst many more.
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.
At this beautiful Notting Hill pub they sell delicious, unique dishes and a brilliant range of craft beers. There are plenty of interesting events including beer discussions and a Wednesday's pub quiz with an irresistible £5 burger deal.
Tucked away in the heart of Leadenhall Market lies Old Tom's Bar, one of the best places to get your hands on a craft beer in the city. Head downstairs and into this basement space of 19th century charm and friendly service, you'll find an extensive range of different bottles to cater for all tastes and preferences here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beer Hawk's craft beer and bottle shop in Charterhouse boasts an impressive collection of over 150 world-class beers in the fridge, 12 lines on draught, 2 cask ales and a pour your own beer wall. It's not just the drinks that make this place a haven fir beer-lovers, check out their eclectic events calendar.
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.
St Bart's Brewery is Smithfield's eclectic bar and restaurant serving up a rich choice of craft beers, guest ales and their own ciders from Kent. The venue even features its own especially installed stainless steel tanks which pour unpasteurised, unfiltered Meantime lager direct from their brewery and into your glass.
Conspiring with your friends this weekend to drinks some of the best craft beers in London? You should, especially when you get to see Heist Bank's offering. Not only toting draught and bottles, join Heist Bank for the cool interiors and the wood-fired pizzas.
Take in the incredible atmosphere The Sindercombe Social has to offer with vintage records, a stunning bar area, live music, and a rotating craft beer selection to curated to impress. Get a craft beer in that hand as you sway to the beat or bite into a fried buttermilk chicken burger at this London bar.
Attached to the famous old Grade II listed Whitbread Brewery, The Jugged Hare boasts amazing craft beer to go along with its gastro pub cuisine. The bar area is comfortable and speakeasy style if you're just going to enjoy some drinks.
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.
Tucked away in Paddington Basin, Lockhouse is a must for those of you that lust over craft beer in London. Bringing you the best in bottles and draught, hunker down for a pint or two with a roster of award-winning burgers from the kitchen.
If you think you know boozy brunches, you don't or at least they're about to get a whole lot better. The Draft House on Charlotte Street invite you to partake in their Beer Brunch extravaganza which starts off with a big, 28-day dry-aged Scottish Aberdeen Angus burger (with fries, duh) and finishes with six different craft beers for you to wash everything down. Splendid.
Hosting the perfect atmosphere to kick back with a chilled craft beer, WM Barker & Co is something of a hidden treasure beneath the streets of Bishopsgate. Decked out in old world style, sink into one of their arm chairs and peruse the menu of internationally sourced craft and draught beers.
The Draft House promise to bring you, and we quote, “an extraordinary range of wonderful beer” from their Old Street digs. Come by to check out a list of beers that has been carefully curated to please all palates, with great music overhead and a food menu featuring sharing plates, burgers and hot dogs galore. They also have a venue in Tower Hill that's got the same great mix of beer and burgers.
Brewhouse comes equipped with its own micro-brewery, but they don't stop there. Teaming their home-brewed pints with a varied selection of beers from around the world, this is right up there with the best pubs in Islington. There's a relaxed atmosphere and a fine spread of pub grub to consider while you're here.
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.
This East London bar is a jack of all trades, offering different spaces for everyone needs. Should you be seeking a pint of delicious London craft beer, you'll find it here along with a gaming area or beer garden to enjoy it in.