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.

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Last updated on 21st June 2024

The Hoop and Grapes

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.

Tank & Paddle Bishopsgate, London

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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. 

Iron Duke

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 Castle Farringdon

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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.



The Prince Alfred

The Prince Alfred is a stunning Victorian pub in Paddington dating back to 1863. This gorgeous boozer is decked out in original etched glass windows and a tall mahogany centrepiece bar that's surrounded by a curved counter. While the decor has been updated and the surroundings have changed, one thing remains the same: its reputation for having a wide selection of lagers and ales, London gins, and some seriously tasty British pub grub with a signature twist. 

The Bull Westfield

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. 

Viaduct Tavern

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. 

Hand Of Glory

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 Flask

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.

Sea Horse, London

If you're looking for real ale pubs in the City of London, make a beeline for Sea Horse. Boasting traditional interiors with a contemporary touch, this joint is slinging out a lineup of regularly changing tipples, with the team at hand to advise on the suitable pint for you.

The Devonshire

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.

Prince of Wales

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 Britannia

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. 

Parcel Yard

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. 

Signal Box

You'll find plenty of real ale being served at Signal Box, from its rose gold taps and modern bar. The Euston pub is located slap bang in the middle of the station, upstairs in the food court, and offers a sweet escape from the commotion of the city. Enjoy a crisp pint while tucking into classics like halloumi fries, beer-battered haddock and all-day breakfasts. 

The Sugar Loaf

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.

Artillery Arms

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. 

King's Head Roehampton

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 Admiralty

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. 

Sun & Thirteen Cantons

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.

The Newman Arms

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 Betjeman Arms

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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. 

The Woodman

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.