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.

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. 

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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 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. 

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.

The Albany

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.

The Cavendish

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Holly Bush

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 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. 

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. 

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 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.

The Oxford Tavern

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. 


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 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.