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. 

Last updated on 21st June 2022




This one's a looker. One of the best craft beer bars in West London, The Cavendish stocks a whole array of draught ales and beers, sourced from British breweries, to choose from, along with fine wines and cocktail for your non-hop drinking mates.

William the Fourth

25 user reviews 5

Bit of a beer buff? Then head over to William the Fourth in Leyton, where they showcase an excellent array of artisan pints and craft ales. While you enjoy the drinks, you can also dig into hearty Greek street food and watch live sports.

The Stag

2316 user reviews 5

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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 Albany

23 user reviews 4

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.

Beerkat

10 user reviews 5

One of the best craft beer bars in West London, this unique offering over on Ealing Broadway is fronting an extensive line-up of delicious brews from the local area and further afield. Grab a pint fresh out the tap wall, and pair it with one of their excellent sourdough pizzas.

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.

Greenwood

206 user reviews 4

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. 

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. 

Balfour St Bart's

273 user reviews 5

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.

Lowlander Grand Cafe

582 user reviews 5

Nestled along Drury Lane, Lowlander Grand Cafe is a heavyweight when it comes to craft beers in London. The Belgian bar houses over 200 native brews along with a selection of wines and spirits. Hungry? Try one of their famous moules dishes, served with skinny fries and ciabatta.

Watson's General Telegraph

357 user reviews 4

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 Four Thieves

205 user reviews 4

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! 

Heist Bank

419 user reviews 5

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.

The Arnos Arms

969 user reviews 4

A great craft beer pub in London, The Arnos Arms offers an incredible selection of brews both on-tap and in the fridges. Grab a seat in their sun-ready garden and get stuck into an exciting array pints, upmarket grub and Sunday roasts.

Peckham Riviera

11 user reviews 4

One of the best places in Peckham for craft beer, this excellent offering comes nestled between the bridges of Peckham Rye station. Alongside its on-tap brews, you'll find a foliage-covered courtyard, affordable cocktails and regular live music events.

Beer Hawk Charterhouse

7 user reviews 4

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. 

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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.

Hydrant

253 user reviews 4

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 Crooked Billet

1080 user reviews 4

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.  

The East Hill

442 user reviews 5

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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.

Aeronaut

1025 user reviews 4

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. 

The Birds

147 user reviews 4

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.

Battersea Brewery

2 user reviews 5

Nestled within the arches of the infamous Battersea Power Station, this taproom and on-site brewery is one of the best places for craft beer in London. From cask to keg, alongside guest brews from around the world, there's everything you could possibly need here.

The Smugglers Tavern

118 user reviews 5

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.

Whether you're looking to use your craft beer to wash down pizzas, burgers and Sunday Roasts, or just wanting to enjoy the golden nectar on its own, The Lock Inn is the place for you. Better yet, this Hackney Wick pub has a gorgeous canalside garden for getting your dose of vitamin D.

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.