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 17th July 2018




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. 

Sun & Thirteen Cantons

11 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.

King's Head Roehampton

82 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 Old Brewery

164 user reviews 4

Found just yards from the legendary Cutty Sark, The Old Brewery is a historic boozer perfect for a drop of real ale. There's a great choice of locally-brewed craft beers alongside a range of distilled spirits, a lovely atmosphere to welcome both locals and visitors and a stunning outdoor terrace for the warmer months.

Artillery Arms

1 user review 4

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

211 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.

Delivering a regularly rotating menu of cider and ale in a grand old building at the centre of the community, the CCC has everything you could ask for from your local boozer and much more. The venue boasts an antique character with its vaulted ceilings and chandeliers, and it's a stunning space to settle in to while sampling the array of cask ales, real ciders and craft beers.

Admiralty

43 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. 

The Devonshire

10 user reviews 3

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.

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.

Old Bank Of England

2 user reviews 5

Where better to enjoy an award-winning pint of ale than at The Old Bank? Steeped in historical significance and featuring a stately interior, this traditional city pub serves the usual litany of Fuller's ales in the company of delicious meat pies. Sun out? Work your way to the bottom of your pint glass from the comfort of their alfresco courtyard.

The Chelsea Pensioner

19 user reviews 5

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 ale and some of the best happy hour deals in the area, so you can enjoy a drink or 5 without breaking the bank! Accompanied with delicious flatbread pizza in the secret beer garden, you can't really go wrong!

The Bull - Geronimo Inns

125 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 Windmill Mayfair

328 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.

With so many ale options, sometimes it can become hard to decipher between it all. For some real ale London pub vibes, look no further than South London's Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen. With over ten different brews on the menu, there is no room to go wrong with your ale choice of the night. You can always just order another with your hearty meal if you can't make a decision.

Heralded for their beer selection and their plight to feed Londoners some of the finest in British gastro dishes, The Duke of Clarence also harbour another secret, and that's their bid for real ale. Join them for a fine selection to share amongst friends and family. 

The Jugged Hare

8 user reviews 4

Forming a part of the Grade II listed Whitbread Brewery, The Jugged Hare is the perfect place for a relaxed drink of some delicious real ale in London. Having developed their own pale ale on site, The Jugged Hare gives you a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some homebrewed ale in a friendly and laid back environment. 

Hand Of Glory

28 user reviews 4

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 Grafton - Hippo Inns

87 user reviews 5

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 Steam Engine

8 user reviews 4

Nothing hits the spot like a good pin o' ale come the work fall out or the weekend. Finding a boozer in London that has a faithful spread of crafty beers and real ale isn't always easy. But, take it from us, The Steam Engine in Waterloo have it all stocked behind their bar. Sit back, have a pint pulled and glug to your hearts content. 

Tokenhouse

114 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 Flask

75 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.

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. 

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.