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 12th September 2019




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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. 

Trinity Arms

266 user reviews 4

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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. 

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Draft House is introducing London to some of the finest craft beers and real ales in the business. Head to their new spot in Tower Hill for a huge selection of beer and ale, alongside delicious burgers.

Hand Of Glory

42 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.

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 Jugged Hare

33 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. 

The Castle Farringdon

3 user reviews 5

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.

 

 

Tank & Paddle Bishopsgate

61 user reviews 4

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 Old Brewery

477 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.

Dirty Dicks

197 user reviews 4

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Ale be damned, you're looking thirsty. Looking for a pub in London that can quench those needs? With their draught roster and top notch ale list, head on down to this traditional British boozer in the heart of Liverpool Street for some of the best real ale in London. 

Breakfast Bap and a pint £9

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.

Founders Arms

449 user reviews 4

RWC Brunch & Free pint of Heineken and 3 other offers

Hardened ale drinkers in London needn't skip a drink because they can't find a suitable pub in London, especially when a destination like The Founders Arms come to their aid. Head on down to this Thames side boozer for British ales aplenty alongside craft beers and pub grub to boot. 

The Riverside

454 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.

Tokenhouse

141 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. 

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

161 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.

Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen

98 user reviews 4

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.

The Devonshire

124 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 Steam Engine

10 user reviews 4

2 for 1 Gin & Tonics and 1 other offer

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. 

The Bull - Geronimo Inns

201 user reviews 4

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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. 

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 Flask

80 user reviews 4

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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 Grafton - Hippo Inns

148 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 Windmill Mayfair

580 user reviews 4

Enjoy a pint of Young's Original or Martin Millers G&T on us!

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.

Marquess of Anglesey

242 user reviews 4

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Real ale in London, it's delicious and it's well worth hunting out, but we're here to make things a little easier for you; simply head to the Marquess in Covent Garden for your dose of honest ales, London beers and relaxed pub drinking. 

Artillery Arms

8 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.