We spoke to some of London’s best brewers to ask them where they like to go for a drink…
…because if you’re going to trust anyone to tell you where to sink a pint, these guys are probably pretty reliable.
Signature Brew is the world’s number one brewery for band collaboration beers. They’ve brewed with Mastodon, Frank Turner, Rodney P, Enter Shikari and many more. Their recommendations have come from Co-Founder, Tom Bott, and the below descriptions have all been written by him.
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, Shoreditch
This inimitable recording studio come bar has forever been at the heart of our development as a brewery and the Shoreditch scene in which it sits. With a revolving door of legendary acts recording upstairs – from Radiohead to the Spice Girls – the Strongroom Bar has always championed good fresh beer and emerging fresh artists. More info on their website.
The Windmill, Brixton
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. The Windmill is no match for many of London’s favourite pubs architecturally, but inside the eclectic mix of old and new transforms perceptions. Their commitment to representing the vibrancy of the local Brixton area only serves to create an atmosphere that is both informal and addictive. More info on their website.
Half Moon, Putney
The Half Moon has the welcoming hospitality of many modernised old London pubs. You can find good beer, good food and nice surroundings up front, but it’s gem and pièce de résistance is the small but perfect music venue out the back. It’s one of the longest running live music venues in London and has played host to immortal bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Who. The Half Moon continues to offer incredible live shows week in week out. More info on their website.
Camden Town Brewery has a big brewery in Enfield (just to confuse you), but their pub knowledge is well-spread across the city, and it’s second to none.
The Ship, Wandsworth
A stunning riverside pub with a huge terrace, perfect for a sunny day. More info on their website.
The Well and Bucket, Shoreditch
A shabby-chic pub with a secret downstairs bar. More info on their website.
Three Johns, Angel
Class pub with crazy-good pizzas. More info on their website.
The Social, Soho
More of a bar/club than a pub, but there’s always some great live music to soundtrack the boozing. More info on their website.
The Edinboro’ Castle, Camden
A cosy gastropub with a tapas menu and classic pub grub. More info on their website.
The Axe, Stoke Newington
A typical pub with plenty of craft beer and a crackin’ Sunday roast. More info on their website.
The Horseshoe, Hampstead
Of course Camden Town Brewery recommended The Horseshoe – it’s the birthplace of Camden beers! Visit for the full range of brews and a bloody good burger. More info on their website.
Beavertown is based up in Tottenham Hale, and a trip to their brewery is a guaranteed good time. Here are some of their favourite pubs:
The Axe, Stoke Newington
See above ?
Beer Merchants Tap, Hackney Wick
Beer Merchants Tap is a bar and bottleshop serving up beers (surprise!) and some lovely cheese and meat platters from artisan producers. More info on their website.
A proper craft beer pub and a real hidden gem.
Beavertown Taproom, Tottenham Hale
And, of course, their very own taproom at the brewery on Saturdays ? More info on their website.
London Fields Brewery was the first commercial brewery to open in Hackney since the 19th century, and they know a thing or two about pubs. Their recommendations have come from Head Brewer, Talfryn Provis-Evans, and the below descriptions have all been written by him. (See our guide to Hackney’s best pubs.)
King William IV, Leyton
Quality pub with brewery attached (Brodie’s), fantastic selection of Brodie’s beer and an awesome place to watch sports on the big screens! (Please not that this pub is temporarily closed.)
The Cock Tavern, Hackney
A classic pub with huge range of cask and keg (including brews from Howling Hops, which is a permanent fixture), all kept and served with excellent quality. Curious pickled egg selection! Follow them on Twitter here.
Old Fountain, Old Street
Always buzzing, always a cracking selection of beers. I [Talfryn] would happily spend a lot of time here!
Meantime’s recommendations came from Dominic Apes, the brewery’s Creative Brand Manager. He’s an IBD Accredited Beer Sommelier and his favourite Meantime beer is Anytime IPA.
The Prince, Earl’s Court
What you should drink while you’re there: London Pale Ale
The Avalon, Clapham South
A proper English boozer with a beautiful garden. More info on their website.
What you should drink while you’re there: Yakima Red
Tank & Paddle, Soho
Tank & Paddle’s newest venue, opened just off Regent Street. Scoff on stone baked pizzas and wash them down with Meantime beers. More info on their website.
What you should drink while you’re there: Brewery Fresh Lager
Weird Beard Brew Co. is a craft brewery based in west London. Their recommendations have come from Weird Beard’s Comms Manager Tasha, and the below descriptions have all been written by her. You can follow her on Twitter here.
The Black Heart, Camden
For more music venue vibes, The Black Heart Camden is close to our heart always. Beer is varied and the vibe down to a T when it comes to our love of rock, roll and metal. More info on their website.
Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak
The best pub in terms of cosy and traditional, with well kept cask and enough exciting beers to try all in walking distance from the Heath is the Southampton Arms in Gospel Oak. More info on their website.
Dodo Micropub, Hanwell
Another great pub in terms of inviting atmosphere, again excellently kept cask and flying the flag for micropubs as well as CAMRA, is the Dodo Micropub in Hanwell. More info on their website.
The Great Northern Railway Tavern, Finsbury Park + The Holly Bush, Hampstead
My [Tasha’s] favourite Fuller’s gastropubs with excellent food.
Five Points is an independent brewery based in Hackney. They’re currently raising investment to triple the capacity of their brewery and you can help!
Mason & Company, Hackney Wick
Mason & Company is an edgy riverside bar founded by the same team behind Five Points. It currently boasts 20 craft beer taps and some tasty Italian-American street eats. More info on their website.
The Pembury Tavern, Hackney
A brilliant Hackney pub with board games and plenty of beer.
Pub on the Park, Hackney
A London Fields institution. More info on their website.
The Crooked Billet, Clapton
A lively pub with a buzzing beer garden. More info on their website.
Royal Albert, Deptford
A charming Victorian pub bursting with charm. More info on their website.