Real Ale Pubs in London

London is awash with some of the best real ale you could wish to drink. There are plenty of British sourced real ale beers on the taps of the city's pubs so we have handpicked some of the best places to find the golden, good stuff. Whether you're looking for a traditional pub or a unique restaurant bar, we've found the best in London with the biggest selections of real ales that you'll want to visit them all.

Last updated on 20th July 2022

The Sugar Loaf

51 user reviews 5

A short walk from Mansion House, this unique London pub offers the perfect place to get your post-work pints in. Offering up an impressive selection of cask ales and local craft beers, alongside a delicious menu of pub grub and bar snacks, it's a comfortable, welcoming and relaxing joint to find yourself in.

The Albany

23 user reviews 4

With a mixture of craft beer and real ale, The Albany in Fitzrovia is the perfect spot for a pint. The venue has two sides, a traditional dining room that also serves classic British, and hidden away, the basement bar which puts on some seriously hot club nights.

Get your fix of draught ales and local brews at The Cavendish. The Marylebone gastropub and restaurant has got you covered for delicious post-work drinks and top-notch small plates and meals. What's more, they're also home to a cute heated outdoor terrace for a toasty alfresco meal.

Artillery Arms

11 user reviews 5

A traditional and welcoming East End pub that serves top real ales; The Artillery Arms offers tasty, classic pub food, perfect for those wanting something to line the stomach before a big night this pub is perfectly placed as a jumping point for a night out in Shoreditch. This pub is a perfect place to sample some real ale in London and chill with mates. 

The Riverside

1254 user reviews 4

Not only does The Riverside offer a range of award-winning cask ales from Young's, it also promises some of the best riverside views in London to enjoy them from. Pick out your favourite tipple and make straight for the terrace, where there's room for up to 200 guests to kick back, relax and enjoy a couple of pints no matter what time of year they're visiting.

Sun & Thirteen Cantons

12 user reviews 4

A popular pub in Soho, Sun & Thirteen Cantons is an intimate venue near Regents Street and is a great choice for those seeking out real ales as their selection is extensive. One of the top London pubs to visit for as well as its friendly and buzzing atmosphere it is also a great choice for private gatherings, as their basement bar is a cosy space perfect for those wanting a chic, yet traditional party space.

Ferry Boat Inn Tottenham

106 user reviews 4

If you're looking for a pint of real ale in a London pub, look no further than heading over to Ferry Boat Inn. Not only does this boozer boast a list of award-winning pints and hearty grub, but this riverside location is second to none.

Sun of Camberwell

575 user reviews 4

Something of a jack-of-all-trades pub in London, not only do The Sun of Camberwell pull of pub quizzin', Sunday roasts and private parties in their parlour room, the roster of real ales and draft beers are a delicious force to most definitely, be messed with.

Iron Duke

1 user review 4

Tucked away in the heart of Mayfair, Iron Duke is a cosy London pub serving up real ales alongside delicious pub grub; making it a lunchtime gem in London's West End for those wanting a quiet break during their retail therapy, or a work treat. 

The Hoop and Grapes

1 user review 4

A friendly pub in the middle of the city, The Hoop And Grapes offers the perfect post-work watering hole. Offering up a great range of real ales and local craft brews, you can chill out with a fresh pint, and even tuck into some of their delicious food.

The Admiralty

45 user reviews 5

With Ales like ESB and London Pride centre stage, The Admiralty lives up to its Fullers branding. Reviving the nautical prestige of the HMS Victory from hull to stern, this central London pub recreates the grandeur of the Navy ship from the fitting plot of Trafalgar Square. There's nothing more satisfying that a place where you can people watch with a pint in hand. All aboard the Admiralty. 

Shaws Booksellers

1 user review 3

Shaws Booksellers is a quirky City bar that comes complete with a delicious lunch and dinner menu, and the best London ale. They pride themselves on their great selection of real ales, classic cocktails and great food! Perfect for that much deserved after work drink, pub lunch or a spot of dinner.

The Engineer

143 user reviews 4

Looking for a fab watering hole to settle into? Head to The Engineer in Camden for delicious real ales and an assortment of other booze. You can also get cosy with classic British grub from classic roasts to burgers and decadent pies.

The Devonshire

569 user reviews 4

A regular fixture on the south London boozing scene since way back in 1821, The Devonshire is one of the best pubs in Balham for a top quality drop of ale. Serving an extensive range and focusing on local producers, there's also a range of great bar snacks and gastro fare as well as a cracker of a beer garden if the weather's playing ball.

The Kings Head

934 user reviews 4

You can expect a range of top-class Young's and guest ales from Winchmore Hill's self-proclaimed “veritable palace of refreshment”. Great regardless of whether you're dropping in for a swift half or hanging around for the entire evening, there's lots of variety on the menu and a decked beer garden if the weather looks good.


150 user reviews 4

A modern escape from the everyday grind of the city, The Tokenhouse is a mixture of industrial-inspired décor and cosy gastro-pub corners. For a great selection of real ale in London, this is the pub to head to after work. They have an extensive selection of cask ales and craft beers. The Cellar Bar is a hidden gem; with a speakeasy feel. 

The Betjeman Arms

1418 user reviews 4

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This rather splendid establishment is the home of The Betjeman Arms real ale! And a very comfortable home at that, filled with squishy soft furnishings, grandiose features and a wonderful sun terrace. Pop into this great pub whilst waiting for a train or simply because you fancy it; try their very own real ale and satiate your hungry with an array of great British fodder. 

Made your way round to this charming boozer off Hackney Downs yet? Why not! It quickly becomes a firm favourite, charming punters with an interior that features giant maypoles, wicker masks and brass icons galore. Plonk yourself at a table and prepare for a feast; there's a rotating menu of culinary delights and plenty of 'deadly ciders', craft beers and home-infused gins at the same time.

The Britannia

331 user reviews 5

Satisfying the physique of a Victorian style lounge and a pubbing parlour of traditional character, The Britannia is a Kensington favourite for laid-back boozing and lovely gastronomy. Surf their bar for a selection of top real ales and sink back into their comfy leather sofas and armchairs for a piece of pubbing pleasure. 

Doggett's Coat & Badge

8 user reviews 4

Looking for the best real ale pubs in London? Doggett's Coat & Badge can be found in the heart of Southbank, offering amazing views of the Thames from its outdoor terrace. Inside, you'll find a traditional space for enjoying classic British pub grub. 

Viaduct Tavern

2 user reviews 5

Viaduct Tavern is a traditional London City pub, located in the heart of the City near St. Pauls. A must for lovers of London's history, and originally built as a Victorian gin palace - Viaduct Tavern has evolved in to a brilliant City pub serving great food and choice real ale in London. 

The College Arms, London

22 user reviews 4

Cosy interiors, warm lighting and an impressive range of beers and brews make The College Arms one of the best London pubs for real ale. Located in Bloomsbury, the pub is keeping punters happy with its extensive sips and sports screenings.

The Guinea

3 user reviews 4

They don't just serve up spectacular gastropub food in the Guinea – you can wash it all down with a selection of the finest ales in Mayfair. Never skimping on quality, they make sure everything from their wine to their beers to their service is the best it can possibly be.

King's Head Roehampton

533 user reviews 4

An historic boozer that dates back to the 17th century, you can count on an exciting and diverse menu of some of the best craft beers and guest ales from the King's Head in Roehampton. It's a haven for locals and visitors to the big open spaces at the nearby Richmond Park and Putney Heath, and there's a lovely garden ideal for kicking back and chilling with a pint or two.

The Windmill Mayfair

842 user reviews 4

There's 8 cask ales on tap at The Windmill, with great coverage of Young's beer and a regularly rotating selection of guest ales likely to feature upon your visit. Grab a pint of the good stuff before heading home or stay for some dinner; the pub boasts one of the most impressive pie menus in London with their steak offering having won 3 national awards.

The Snooty Fox

11 user reviews 4

If you're a bit of a beer buff, you're going to want to check out North London's The Snooty Fox. A fun, quirky pub with bucketloads of charm, this joint is home to a fantastic selection of locally brewed ales from a variety of independent breweries - go on, go get your sip on.

The Oxford Tavern

10 user reviews 5

Offering an array of local, regional and international craft beers, The Oxford Tavern should be a staple on any beer-lover's map of the city. Whether you're stopping by en-route to a gig, or you're looking for a hideaway to pass the time in, this real ale pub in Kentish Town is a winner. 

Trinity Arms

602 user reviews 4

Brixton is famed for many things, but who knew that you could also savour some of the best real ale in the business? Just shy of the main station and one of the most charming pubs in South London, join Trinity Arms for plenty of pints of ale to go around. 

Parcel Yard

305 user reviews 4

A Fuller's favourite pulling pints of some crafty cask ales, guest ales and premium draught beers. Grab a glass of London Pride, Frontier, Red Fox, Seafarers and more whilst you patiently await your connecting train or just fancy a quick pint in the nearest station destination. With plenty of people watching to fill your boots with, The Parcel Yard definitely satisfies that parched mouth after a public transport venture. 

The Castle Tooting

1748 user reviews 4

With fresh tanks the dispense lager to Londoners, not only are The Castle forward minded when it comes to beer in the city, their real ale roster is promising to boot. Head on down to this quaint English pub for a dose of some of the best ale in the business.

The Half Moon

720 user reviews 4

British ales in London? Come and get you some. Not only toting classic pub innards alongside a roster of live music acts, The Half Moon is a boozer than promises to leave no real ale lover behind in their bid to bring you the very best of British drinks and dining. 

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With a sister venue not too far away, Tank and Paddle Bishopsgate hopes to thrill city revellers with its great comfort food offering, fun games and home brewed pints of beer. Guests can tuck into a stone baked pizza, challenge their mates to a few fun-loving games of shuffleboard or sink deep into one of the venue's real ales, all made in the huge tanks behind the bar. 

The Newman Arms

36 user reviews 4

A historic pub with patrons such as George Orwell and Micheal Powell, The Newman Arms is a real ale pub that's served as a source of inspiration through the ages. Venture to the Soho haunt and you'll get to soak up the traditional decor with a pint of Britain's finest. 

The Castle Farringdon

18 user reviews 4

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The Castle, a Farringdon traditional pub, once favoured for its gambling is now a favourite for its sublime selection of beers and stunning function room. They serve four cask marque accredited real ales as well as 20 speciality beers, lagers and ciders on tap. Furnished in the style of an authentic London pub, but also one of the best karaoke spots in London, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Get on the guest list by booking online here to make sure you don't miss out on enjoying this lovely spot.



Holly Bush

306 user reviews 4

Nothing quite hits the spot like a pint of real ale in a traditional Hampstead pub, right? So make your way over to Holly Bush to wet your whistle with a range of tasty brews, as well as chomp on contemporary British cuisine, all in a cosy setting.

The Flask

86 user reviews 4

There's not exactly a shortage of great pubs in Hampstead, but right up there among our favourites is The Flask. A Victorian gem with plenty of character and a lovely conservatory space, it's absolutely worth the 15-minute walk from Hampstead Heath. Pull up a stool and work your way through their collection of locally brewed drinks and signature Young's bitter, with fantastic seasonal guest ales always on tap.

Prince of Wales

69 user reviews 5

When it comes to real ale pubs in London, there are few places as charming as Prince of Wales. Offering a selection of cask brews and craft creations, this is a haven for beer lovers in South London. To top it off? The menu of elevated pub grub is the perfect accompaniment to your sipping.  

The Grafton - Hippo Inns

347 user reviews 5

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The Grafton in Kentish Town has drawn in ale lovers from across London with its wide selection of award-winning ales. With 8 taps all circulation the best ales in London, the roof terrace has proven to be a massive hit with the crowds, particularly in the summer months. Grab your mates, grab a pint of delicious ale and unwind at this pub in North London.

The Bull Westfield

464 user reviews 4

Where better to imbibe some amazing real ale than cosy, English heritage inspired gastro pub The Bull? Boasting some wonderful real ales, this is the ideal location for a warming drinking session with friends. The many seating areas invite you in becomingly, the sofas seeming impossibly squashy. If you get a bit peckish, there is a selection of pub grub with a contemporary twist on offer. 

The Woodman

77 user reviews 5

The Woodman is bringing a slice of the countryside to the heart of Battersea, giving South Londoners hearty pub grub, real ale and a cosy setting to revel in. Warm up beside a glowing open fire an and explore the extensive collection of beer with a few of their signature nibbles.