The craft beer scene in London has exploded over the last 5 years.
There are now a whopping 111 breweries in London at our last count (check out our map!) and over 20 pubs and bars with onsite microbreweries.
Mediocre, boring beer is no longer acceptable, and people are crying out for something exciting, tasty and brewed with love.
We encourage every one of you to seek out your favourite beers & breweries around the capital. But for the time being, why not take a look at our hand-picked list of great London craft beers and pubs.
Ten great craft beers brewed in London
We have to be honest, making this list was incredibly difficult – there are so many great beers and breweries in London that not giving each and every one a place on the list has wracked us with guilt.
This list is merely a snapshot of the great work being done by the brewers and breweries of the capital, with an emphasis on the weird & the wonderful!
Name: Jazz Police
Style: IPA (double dry hopped)
Brewery: One Mile End
Strength: 6.3% ABV
Tasting notes: Tired of over-hopped IPAs? Well, look away now! Jazz Police meets all of the expected criteria for a smooth IPA but with an explosion of citrus and tropical hoppiness – it’s a thing of beauty.
Available from: Hop Burns & Black
Name: Dandy Stout
Brewery: Earth Ale
Strength: 7.3% ABV
Tasting notes: Surprisingly both rich and light, this stout kicks off with coffee, caramel and pepper from the dandelion. It finished off with dark chocolate notes and hop bitterness.
Available from: Haringey Local Store
Style: Peanut butter milk stout
Brewery: Hammerton Brewery
Strength: 5.4% ABV
Tasting notes: If you don’t like peanuts, this one probably isn’t for you. Aromas of rich, toasted peanuts and a roasted malt, silky smooth body that we expect from a milk stout.
Available from: Eebria
Style: Blonde ale
Brewery: The Cronx Brewery
Strength: 3.9% ABV
Tasting notes: A perfect and refreshing session ale for a warm summer’s evening. Light malty body with a slight caramel note. All finished off with gentle lemon and peach on the palate.
Available from: The Cronx’s online shop
Name: Raspberry Gose
Brewery: Wild Card Brewery
Strength: 4.6% ABV
Tasting notes: This beer really takes you on a journey from sour to salty and an underlying sweetness from the malt. This is all consumed in the umbrella of raspberry fruitiness.
Available from: Eebria
Name: Black IPA
Brewery: Big Hug Brewery
Strength: 4.9% ABV
Tasting notes: Rich malty sweetness with gentle notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Finished off in true modern IPA style with a punch of tropical flavours from the hops.
Available from: Beer hunter
Style: Czech Pilsner
Brewery: Bohem Brewery
Strength: 4.9% ABV
Tasting notes: This is a great Czech Pilsner and really hits the spot. A dry, light body and blended with sweet floral and citrus notes of lemon and honey with a slightly spicy aftertaste.
Available from: Bohem Brewery’s online shop
Name: Saltacious Plum
Brewery: Weird Beard Brew Co.
Strength: 5.0% ABV
Tasting notes: This is a really fruity one! Saltacious Plum is a sour brewed with British plums and blackberries. Its saltiness is reminiscent of a margherita with the smoothness of a wheat beer.
Available from: Weird Beard Brew Co.’s online shop
Style: London Porter
Brewery: Redemption Brewing
Strength: 5.1% ABV
Tasting notes: A cracking London Porter with chocolate, coffee and liquorice flavours from the dark, roasted malt. Its palate is lifted with dark fruit and zesty notes from late hopping during the boil.
Available from: Redemption’s online shop
Style: Indian Pale Ale (organic)
Strength: 0.5% ABV
Tasting notes: One for the designated drivers! Light, refreshing and crisp, this low-alcohol pale ale has a balanced malty palate has aromas of citrus, and gentle spice from its all-English hop regime.
Available from: Nirvana’s online shop
Five great craft beer pubs in London
With such great diversity and quality of beer brewed in London, the pubs serving them have some seriously high standards to meet.
Thankfully, the capital definitely delivers on this – we really do love our pubs! So much so that we have our own map of all London’s breweries, taprooms and microbreweries.
Whether you are looking for something with an industrial feel, or a traditional British pub – there’s something out there for you.
Here’s five of the best London has to offer.
Address: 762 to 764 High Road, North Finchley, London, N12 9QH
Website: The Bohemia
As the tap for the London Brewing Company, The Bohemia has a whole host of fresh house beer and a ton of guests to get your teeth into. With nearly 60 beers to sample and a good choice of snacks and sharing platters, The Bohemia is a great place to spend an evening!
Address: 47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
Website: The Harp
A true British drinking pub, The Harp was voted London pub of the year 2019 by the Evening Standard. Owned by Fuller’s there is a surprisingly large number of guest beers available throughout the year. High quality pork pies, sandwiches and bar snacks are available too!
The Mall Tavern
Address: 71 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, London, W8 4RU
Website: The Mall Tavern
The Mall Tavern has to have one of London’s biggest selection of canned and bottled beers – with over 100! There are also a huge 23 beers on tap and a great selection of fresh pub grub and a cracking Sunday roast.
Address: 190 Euston Road, London, NW1 2EF
Website: Euston Tap
Perhaps one of the most unusual pubs in London, the Euston Tap is split between two buildings on different side of the roads – both of which are very small. Luckily there’s plenty of real estate outside the “lodges” and a massive choice of over 45 different draught beers and ciders!
The Earl of Essex
Address: 25 Danbury Street, Islington, London, N1 8LE
Website: The Earl of Essex
With 19 keg and cask beers and ciders and a selection of over 45 different cans and bottles of craft, The Earl of Essex has a great selection. Pair that with a luscious and green sunny courtyard to sit in the sun and some top notch food, you’d be hard pushed to find a better pub to spend a sunny afternoon.
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