London's Best Breweries And Taprooms
London has a long, colourful history when it comes to beer - from once being the brewing capital of the world to parliament encouraging punters to sink pints in order to quell the country's gin addiction. And while MPs might not be quite so vocal in asking us to down drinks, this city still has a soft spot for the hoppy stuff. Whether you're looking for one of the capital's oldest family-run breweries or hoping to try a new breed of brewing, we've rounded up our favourite London breweries, brew pubs and taprooms for the freshest pints in town.
Found in the heart of East London's Blackhorse Beer Mile, Signature Brew Blackhorse Road is a sleek and modern brewery, fronting 12 lines of carefully crafted beer. Expect food courtesy of burger and wing gurus We Serve Humans as well as live music on the weekends. Alternatively, check out its Haggerston taproom, housed inside a former archway.
Unless you've had your head buried in the sand for the last couple of years, you will have noticed Goose Island's takeover of the London craft beer scene. Head to their first UK bar in Shoreditch which delivers pints fresh from the brewing room and deep-pan Chicago-style pizza to soak it all up.
Alight at Angel tube station and follow the faint scent of hops towards this hidden gem of a brewery pub. Offering up a relaxed atmosphere and a delicious spread of fresh food, the Brewhouse is probably best known for its extensive array of beer. Settle in, grab a bite to eat and plot a way through an international menu that won't fail to impress.
One of North London's best taprooms has got to be ORA Brewing. Located in Tottenham Hale, next to the wetlands, this hoppy hero is winning points for style and substance, with experimental brews and signature sips such as limoncello IPA and tiramisu stouts.
This stylish City pub is attached to the old Grade II listed Whitbread Brewery, making it the perfect spot for enjoying great drinks and delicious gastro pub food. Watch the chefs cook in the state of the art open kitchen and have a stroll through the walk-in wine room to choose your favourite bottle.
The first of its kind in Mayfair, German Kraft Brewery is a haven for all you bier drinking needs. Soak up a few rays on their roof terrace or cosy up indoors with a stein if 'Keller König', barrel aged smoked beers and modern sours with a few of their internationally-inspired plates.
The Griffin Brewery in Chiswick isn't any old London brew pub, it's responsible for Fuller's delicious pints. The brand has a fascinating history, and while it was bought by Asahi in 2019, it's still retained its community feel - head along for the tour to find out more.
Located just a few strides from the legendary Cutty Sark, The Old Brewery is a historic boozer renowned for its locally-brewed craft beers. Always attracting an eclectic mix of locals and visitors to the area, there's plenty of exciting boozy options to pick between enjoyed in a lovely indoor space or their expansive outdoor terrace.
Just a ten-minute walk from Blackhorse Road, this fun and friendly taproom is one of the best places to find craft beer in London. Home to one of Walthamstow's favourite breweries, Exale is sorting you for some sublime sips, alongside live DJs and tasting events.
People's Park Tavern make some excellent beers and ales in their own on-site brewery, as well as some more creative oddballers like their summer expresso stout experiment. If you're really into proper home brews, then they have also occasionally given tours and talks in their brewery - an experience not to miss if descriptions of hops, malts and barleys gets you all hot under the collar.
Independently owned Hammerton Brewery run regular events from tastings and tours to brewery-based yoga sessions. Using the finest quality ingredients and modern brewing techniques, they are renowned for their unique sips.
Are you a beer lover in London on the hunt for some of the city's best breweries? You're in luck as Ale Hunters are sure to help you find some seriously delicious sips. That's not all though as you'll learn all about the creation process from some renowned experts along the way.
From stouts to the iconic Punk IPA, BrewDog is a church to all things hop-based. First founded in Scotland, it hasn't taken long for the craft beer temple to take over the world, with plenty of keg lines and guest ales on offer. Discover one of their London locations to see what all the fuss is about.
One of the best breweries in London, Meantime Brewing Company are sharing some of their beer knowledge with fellow pint-loving folk during their tours and tastings. Along with a show around of the factory and a look at all the processes needed to make the drinks, you'll also get to enjoy four delicious sips.
If you love your craft brews, check out Beer Hawk's craft beer bar and bottle shop in Charterhouse. Boasting an incredible 150 world-class bottles in the fridge, 12 lines on draught and 2 cask ales, as well as a pour your own beer wall, these guys know their brews.
Despite its location on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, Hawkes is in fact London's first ever cidery. A brewery and taproom in the heart of the area, you'll find an excellent selection of Hawkes' homemade cider, a great line up of guests on the bar, alongside a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas.
London brewer Meantime are letting you sample their fine wares - as well as showing you the process behind things - at their Greenwich outpost. Perfect for a day out drinking, the taproom has 9 beers on rotation, while tours take place over the weekend.
An award-winning bottle shop and taproom on Brick Lane, Kill The Cat is a must for lovers of craft beer in London. Head to the East London location for the chance to sample sips from their extensive selection of brews, complete with snacks and slick interiors.
This Stratford taproom is a palace of all things beer-orientated with more than 150 varieties of beer in fridges and on tap. If you're not sure what you want to sip, the knowledgeable bar staff will be able to help you given they brew plenty of the stuff available to drink.
Though the bar only opens Thursday to Saturday The Camden Town Brewery has already established a strong standing with London beer connoisseurs, boasting some of the most advanced brewing equipment of any UK micro-brewing company. The impressive range is guaranteed to satisfy any pallet, from their hoppy pale ale to the deeper and stronger stouts. The Camden Town Brewery also offers tours and Beer tasting for the true beer enthusiasts.
Founded in 1666, Truman's is one of London's most prolific breweries. After a brief hiatus. the brand is back and it's got grand plans, including this incredible outdoor space in Walthamstow. Head over to East London to find the taproom, street food market and live music venue.