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.

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Last updated on 20th June 2024

3 Locks Brewery

If you're in need of a new watering hole in Camden then look no further than 3 Locks Brewery where you'll find ten taps fronting beers made on-site, as well as a range of wines and spirits. Spread over two floors, you'll find window seats overlooking the canal, pinstriped arched ceilings and pops of orange as part of its quirky decor. Look forward to trying the likes of its signature West Coast IPA or the banana-flavoured Hefeweizen. 

Mammoth Tap

When it comes to breweries and taprooms in Leyton, Mammoth Tap by Mark Pether and Vikram Gudi is sure to impress. The founders of this boozy hub know how to serve some of the tastiest pours, alongside quirky combinations. On top of that? Keep an eye out for live music.

Pillars Brewery

This multi award-winning Pillars Brewery can be found in Walthamstow, having been whipping up some of the freshest lager in the area since 2016. Their industrial taproom serves delicious pints made on site, as well as a cracking selection of locally sourced pales, stouts, ciders, spirits and more, with an Indian fusion street food truck to keep you fuelled between sips. What's more, if you visit on a Sunday then you can enjoy old-school video games for free, courtesy of RetroLDN.

40FT Brewery

Nestled in the vibrant Dalston area, the 40ft Brewery is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts. They're offering up unique and distinctive craft brews, from refreshing lagers to hearty stouts, all sourced from the finest ingredients, locally sourced where possible, and made using traditional and sustainable techniques. This spot is perfect for the summer months too, thanks to their gorgeous garden area.

Ale Hunters

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.

The Pretty Decent Beer Co

Located in Walthamstow, Pretty Decent Beer Co is an independent brewery and taproom serving up some of the freshest pints around. They offer 20 different taps of craft beer brewed on site, ranging from sours to stouts and IPAs, changing on a regular basis. They rotate their weekly specials on a Thursday, so head there on that day to sample their new batch for just £4 a pint, or tuck into cheesy slices from It's Not Big Dough inside or in the spacious outdoor area.

Camden Beer Hall

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. 

Bird House Brewery

Looking for a trendy taproom with a sunny outdoor space? Then you'll love Bird House Brewery, found under the railway arches of Herne Hill. Not only have they got a spacious terrace for the summer months, but the interiors are pretty cool too- think industrial, warehouse-type decor and long wooden tables. You'll find live music on Sundays, as well as DJ sets every Friday and Saturday, and you can sip on home-brewed lager or pale ale whenever you visit.

The Arch House

From award-winning craft brewery Anspach & Hobday comes this cool and trendy taproom on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, The Arch House. Pop along to sample a range of enticing sips, as well as tip-top spirits, wines and bubbles. You're also allowed to bring your pup and your food with you.

Hammerton Brewery

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.

Wimbledon Brewery Tap

Whipping up some of the hoppiest serves (and gins), The Wimbledon Brewery Tap has made quite a name for itself in the city for its booze. Come rain or shine, this beer-fuelled venue has got you covered with its cool outdoor space touting sports screens, alongside a crackin' bar.

People's Park Tavern

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. 

BrewDog Bars In London

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.