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 14th August 2017
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Islington's Brewhouse and Kitchen is pulling out all the stop this June, offering Londoners the chance to see what a day in the life of a brewer is actually like. The day will begin with a delicious breakfast and will end with a great tasting and Q&A session, led by the venue's head brewer. To really test your ability, the team behind this venue will show guests just how much mixing, mashing and boiling goes into creating each pint of craft beer.
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.
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.
The Haunt has become something of a favourite for Stoke Newington's locals; low-key and serene, there are few better places to recharge and unwind. The venue hopes to recreate the suave vibes of restaurants and cafes in the 1930s, and as such is full of dazzling antiques and vintage furniture. With a basement hosting a variety of different events, ranging from life drawing classes to wild DJ sets, the kitchen staff offer up a range of exquisite treats for guests to tuck into.
A must-try, multi-space in the heart of Battersea, Out of Office is both a hot-desk hub and a micro pub at the same time. Come during working hours and relax with a range of specialty coffees and refreshing drinks, or return into the evening when this alternative boozer serves up to 50 independent beers as well as artisan spirits and wines to the people of Battersea and Clapham.
With an ethos for good quality cocktails, organic wines and locally crafted beer, Machine No.3 is Homerton’s latest hotspot for after-work drinks. It’s a quirky little number based in a former launderette - original washing machine covers still adorn the bathrooms - and the raw brickwork and low lighting creates a stripped-back, easy-going vibe. Enjoy a pint of the good stuff and return at the weekends, when DJs play until 1am.
Any claims that you can't get a high quality yet affordable drink in Chelsea quickly go out of the window here. The Chelsea Pensioner offer quality beer and some of the best happy hour deals in the area, so you can enjoy a drink or 4 without breaking the bank!
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.
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.
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.
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 Park Tavern is the perfect place to drink craft beer in London. The historic pub is a beauty to look at, but they also serve up 50 different craft beers, with 13 beers on the taps and 100 spirits on the shelf. If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat of their seasonal food.
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.
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.
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.
Kilburn Ironworks collects a variety of London’s finest craft beer purveyors under one roof. Pumps are populated by the likes of Camden Town, Meantime and Beavertown, and often play a starring role in an innovative cocktail list. There’s a clutch of bottles, lagers and ciders to cast your eye over 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Join beer writer and expert Des de Moor for a walking tour that explores London's long history with brewing beer. Starting on the edge of the City of London before moving across the Thames, the tour will stop off at various world heritage sites where some of London's most iconic brews were created and perfected. Learn all about London's love affair with beer and taste a few ice-cold brews at this fun walking tour.
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.
Hidden at the back of the Benugo Café, The Warehouse is the perfect secret bar to drink beer in a fun, minimalist interior. The bar boasts a whole range of delicious craft beers from many different breweries, but also delivers some amazing, wood-fire pizzas. If you’re a sport-minded beer drinker, they also have a large projector screen and table football tables to keep you entertained.
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.
Craft beer is the name of the game at traditional pub The Pig’s Ear Chelsea. With cask ales from nearby Sambrooks Brewery and craft beer from other local breweries, you know their credentials check out. And with a food menu offering up gastropub British and French food, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your drinks.
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.