With the huge number of pubs and bars in London, deciding where to go for a night out can quickly lead to chaos.
But don’t worry, we’re here to help you avoid another night drinking average beer in a generic and boring pub.
hoppist has done the leg work for you – so get out there and explore finest pubs in London and sample the best craft beers the world has to offer!
Here’s a list of hoppist’s 17 favourite craft beer pubs, bars and taprooms in London.
Looking for more? Find taprooms near you with our craft brewery and taproom map of London.
Signature Brew Taproom
Signature’s beers are all inspired by music and their Taproom doubles as a live music venue! Throw in their cheese and meat platters and you have an incredible bar. It’s also a great place to grab some refreshments if you’ve been exploring Regent’s Canal. They even have a selection of vegan beers!
Address: Railway Arch 340, Acton Mews, Haggerston, London E8 4EA
Drink: House and guest craft beers along with wines and spirits
Food: Selection of sharing platters and snacks
Outdoor space: Terrace near the canal
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: Backstage IPA – Signature Brew
Website: Signature Brew Taproom
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 5pm to 10:30pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 11:30pm and Sunday 12pm to 10pm
A London craft beer icon, the Euston Tap is housed in two buildings that formed part of the old Euston station which was demolished in the 1960s. Bizarrely, the buildings are separated by… well, a road. Impractical? Maybe, but the Euston Tap serves up an astonishing 47 different draught craft beers and ciders.
Address: 190 Euston Road, London, NW1 2EF
Drink: This free house has choice of 47 draught beers and ciders (keg and cask) and a fridge stuffed full of choice
Food: A selection of crisps, nuts and pork scratchings. You can also order pizza from the East Lodge.
Outdoor space: Beer garden
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: Stick a Finger in the Soil – Mikkeller
Website: Euston Tap
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm, Sunday 11am to 10pm
The Three Johns
Run by Barworks, The Three Johns focuses on supplying food and drink from smaller artisan suppliers. It has a great look and an even better atmosphere. With a closing time of 1am on Friday and Saturday it’s a great choice if you are looking for a couple of late pints.
Address: 73 White Lion Street, Angel, London, N1 9PF
Drink: 14 beers on tap and nearly 70 different bottled beers along with a selection of spirits and wines
Food: Great selection of sourdough pizzas and side salads
Outdoor space: Yes
hoppist’s pick: Delirium Tremens – Brouwerij Huyghe
Website: The Three Johns
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 12am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 1am, Sunday 12pm to 10:30pm
Mother Kelly’s, Vauxhall
With four premises across London, Mother Kelly’s in Vauxhall is our favourite. Nestled under a railway arch, they have 30+ beers on tap and a huge selection of bottles and cans. You’d be hard pushed to not find some great craft beers here!
Address: Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP
Drink: 33 beers on tap, selection of bottles and cans and a handful of ciders and wine
Food: Small menu with cheese and meat sharing boards
Outdoor space: Two outdoor areas besides the railway arches provide plenty of seating
hoppist’s pick: Karneval (raspberry imperial stout) – Põhjala x Mother Kelly’s
Website: Mother Kelly’s
Opening times: Monday 4pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Thursday 12pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 11pm
Voted Evening Standard’s London pub of the year 2019, you can expect an exceptional, traditional pub experience. Owned by Fuller’s there’s always 10 great house and guest cask ales on tap throughout the year.
Address: 47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
Drink: 10 cask ales on tap with a selection of ciders, perries and whiskies
Food: Traditional bar snacks, sandwiches and pork pies
hoppist’s pick: Imperial Stout – Dark Star Brewing Co.
Website: The Harp
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 10:30am to 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday 10:30 to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 10:30pm
The Draft House, Old Street
Based in a refurbished 1960s block, The Draft House has an industrial touch and is an eye catching place to grab a pint and bite or spend an evening. It offers a great selection of beers on tap and bottle along with cider and low alcohol options.
Address: Mews Unit, The Bower, 211 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NR
Drink: 30 beers on cask and keg with 60+ bottles including mean, cider and low alcohol options
Food: A full menu of food with everything from burgers to wings and falafel salad
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: Citra Milshake IPA – Tiny Rebel
Website: The Draft House
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 11:30 pm, Sunday – closed
The Earl of Essex
The Earl of Essex really hits the spot for a number of pub essentials, great food, great beer and great garden. Whether you’re looking to spend a few hours in the sun or a warming Sunday roast in the winter – The Earl of Essex has it all.
Address: 25 Danbury Street, Islington, London, N1 8LE
Drink: 19 keg and cask beers and ciders, 45+ bottles and cans plus a good selection of wines and gin
Food: A great selection of small plates and sharing platters, roast dinners and kids meals
Outdoor space: Great beer garden and seating out front
hoppist’s pick: Dairy Freak – Magic Rock
Website: The Earl of Essex
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 11pm
The Southampton Arms
If you like drinking beer (or cider) and eating meat, then The Southampton Arms is probably for you. If you want to know what beers are being served, play chess or reserve a table then you might want to look elsewhere. Most importantly though, The Southampton Arms only sells beer and cider from small, independent UK breweries. And that’s about the only reason you should need to go and drink there – don’t forget to take cash!
Address: 129 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1LE
Drink: 22+ cask and keg ales and ciders
Food: A selection of pork pies, baps and other pub snacks
Outdoor space: Courtyard with seating
hoppist’s pick: Chocolate Stout – Howling Hops
Website: The Southampton Arms
Opening times: Monday to Sunday 12pm to 11:30pm
London Beer Dispensary
First things first, The London Beer Dispensary has no bar… what? Real ale and cider are dispensed from hand pumps attached to a wall. Keg beers and ciders served from on top of a barrel. With its support for local charities, pub quizzes and live music this is a quirky and fun pub for the socially conscious!
Address: 389 Brockley Road, Brockley, London, SE4 2PH
Drink: 5 cask and 6 keg beers and ciders with a selection of cans and bottles from the fridge
Food: Great selection of homemade burgers and specials
Outdoor space: Sunny little courtyard
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: Crafty Apple Cider – The Real AL Company
Website: London Beer Dispensary
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 10:30pm
Brave Sir Robin
With a funky décor, great food and fine selection of keg and cask beer the Brave Sir Robin is a great place to relax and sample a few beers if you are looking for something a little different. Its Asian inspired menu offers a unique experience along with an eclectic choice of craft beers from breweries such as Tiny Rebel, Electric Bear and Fourpure.
Address: 29 Crouch Hill, Finsbury Park, London, N4 4AP
Drink: 18 keg and cask beers and ciders along with a good choice of wines and cocktails
Food: Eclectic mix of Asian food from bao buns to ramen
Outdoor space: Outside benches are available
hoppist’s pick: Pale ale – Vibrant Forest
Website: Brave Sir Robin
Opening times: Monday and Tuesday 4pm to 11pm, Wednesday and Thursday 4pm to 12am, Friday 3pm to 12am, Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 10:30pm
The Holborn Whippet
If you are looking for a relaxed pub to sit and chew the fat with friends, then The Holborn Whippet is a great choice. With a great selection of keg and cask craft beers and some top notch pizza you can’t really go wrong!
Address: 25 to 29 Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, London, WC1A 2QH
Drink: A selection of 16 keg and cask beers and ciders
Food: Bar snacks and pizzas
Outdoor space: On street seating
hoppist’s pick: Trinity – Redemption
Website: The Holborn Whippet
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 12pm to 11pm, Sunday – closed
Owned and run by London Brewing Company, this brewpub has its own onsite microbrewery – so the beer is as fresh as it can get. With a selection of nearly 60 beers and ciders to try and a full menu you will be spoilt for choice.
Address: 762 to 764 High Road, North Finchley, London, N12 9QH
Drink: 24 draught beers and ciders, 35+ bottled and can house and guest beers along with wine and cocktails
Food: A range of snacks, small plates, sharing platters and chicken wings!
Outdoor space: Roofed courtyard to the front
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: Chuckaboo (extra pale ale) – London Brewing Company
Website: The Bohemia
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 12pm to 11pm, Thursday 12pm to 12am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 1am, Sunday 12pm to 10:30pm
The Wenlock Arms
CAMRA pub of the year 2017 (North London) and cider pub of the year 2018 (North London) The Wenlock Arms has a constantly changing selection of nearly 40 craft beers and ciders. A traditional pub with a selection of traditional selection of pub grub and snacks makes it a great place to spend a relaxed afternoon with friends.
Address: 26 Wenlock Road, Hoxton, London, N1 7TA
Drink: 10 Cask ales, 20 Keg beers, 7 real ciders and a good selection of wine
Food: Pies, toasties, sausage rolls and cheese
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: The India Pale Ale – Anspach & Hobday
Website: Wenlock Arms
Opening times: Monday 3pm to 11pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm to 11pm, Thursday 12pm to 12am, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 1am, Sunday 12pm to 11pm
Temple Brew House
As the brewpub for Essex Street Brewery (London’s most central brewery) you can expect great fresh beer along with an extensive range of guest beers and ciders. With a wide selection of food available the Temple Brew House is a great option for meat eaters, vegans and veggies alike!
Address: 46 Essex Street, Temple, London, WC2R 3JF
Drink: 20 cask and keg beers and ciders, 80+ cans and bottles and good selection of wine
Food: Great selection of food from fresh scotch eggs to pulled jackfruit and chuck beef burgers. Loads of vegan and veggie options.
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: The Púca Dry Hopped Lemon Sour Lime, Mint and Matcha – The White Hag Irish Brewing Company
Website: Temple Brewhouse
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 12pm to 11pm, Thursday 12pm to 11:20pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 10:30pm
The Mall Tavern
Opened in 2006, The Mall Tavern has the feel traditional, rustic country pub with a modern twist. Its craft beer selection is second to none and the food is pretty good too! So, if you’re looking for a place crammed full of style and delicious craft beer The Mall Tavern is a good place to start.
Address: 71 Palace Gardens Terrace, Notting Hill, London, W8 4RU
Drink: 23 taps, 100+ bottles and cans and great selection of wine
Food: Fresh and seasonal pub food with Sunday roasts
Outdoor space: Stylish secluded courtyard
hoppist’s pick: Flat White (stout) – Alphabet Brewing Company
Website: The Mall Tavern
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 10:30pm
Pitt Cue does it all… really! It’s a bar, brewery and restaurant. As the home of Alphabeta brewery there are always fresh beers on rotation as well as a great selection of guest beers. If you’re a meat lover, then the food at this restaurant will keep you coming back for more with fresh and tasty grilled and smoked meats – if you can get a table!
Address: 10 Devonshire Square, Aldgate, London, EC2M 4YP
Drink: 19 bottles and 5 guest keg and cask beers and ciders along with a great selection of cocktails
Food: Woodsmoked and grilled meats
hoppist’s pick: Pale Fire – Pressure Drop Brewery
Opening times: Monday to Friday 12pm to 11pm, Saturday 6pm to 11pm, Sunday – closed
Howling Hops Tank Bar
“No bookings – more fun” is the motto for the Howling Hops Tank Bar. Based in an old industrial unit next to the canal this is the UK’s first dedicated tank bar. The beer is about as fresh as you can get – coming straight from the tank. They have some tasty but basic food, but let’s be honest it’s all about the beer!
Address: Unit 9A Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN
Drink: Ten draught beers straight from the tank
Food: Meat rolls and veggie options
Outdoor space: Outdoor seating in a courtyard
Dog friendly: Yes
hoppist’s pick: Tropical Delux (pale ale) – Howling Hops
Website: Howling Hops Tank Bar
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm to 1am, Sunday 12pm to 11pm
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