My 'Top picks' are the outstanding beer places in London at any given moment. Here you will normally find something exceptional or out of the ordinary - so a larger than average beer range; usually a good mix of London and UK beers as well as imports (American beers are of particular interest for me); top quality service and a good ambience and/or surroundings. In short, these pubs will all be offering the best that can be found in the London beer scene at the moment.
Cool brewery tap at one of London's best breweries.
Bottle shop and bar with an outstanding range at excellent prices.
Excellent brewery tap in a railway arch in the heart of Bermondsey.
The 3rd BrewDog bar in London, and by far the best.
Superb specialist beer pub, one of the top destinations in town.
The first and best Craft Beer Co pub. An excellent pub with 37 cask and keg beers.
The 6th Craft Beer Co bar in London and one of the best.
Outstanding beer and BBQ joint, the original home of Beavertown Brewery.
Serious modern beer bar with a great selection of beer.
Sister pub to Black Heart with an increasingly impressive range of beer.
Outstanding bottle shop/bar in a railway arch near Bethnal Green tube.
Wonderful pub selling beers and ciders from small UK independent breweries.
Outstanding proper pub near Twickenham Green.
Another excellent pub from the people behind Big Smoke Brew Co.
Smart but comfy sister pub to the Sussex Arms.
Seriously excellent pub from the people behind the Kings Arms, E2.
Rather excellent, big, airy 'proper' pub 2 minutes from Duke's.
One of the best pubs in London, now lovingly cared for by Fullers.
Fantastic bottle shop bar in a thriving market behind the Royal Festival Hall.
The UK's first Italian beer bar, from Birrificio Del Ducato.
Very atmospheric sister pub to the Earl of Essex.
These pubs are not quite (yet) to the level of a Top Pick, but they are ones to watch. They are very much worth a visit if you have the time.
Bottle shop bar and burger place, all in one.
BrewDog's first bar outside Scotland.
The first BrewDog bar south of the river.
BrewDog's second London bar.
BrewDog's 6th London venue and the most central yet.
Brewery tap under the railway arches for a top quality south London brewery.
A proper pub from the people behind the Southampton Arms.
Craft Beer Co's 5th London venue with 45 taps
Classic east London pub right next to Limehouse DLR station.
The 4th Craft Beer Co pub in London.
London's 2nd Craft Beer Co pub, 2 mins walk from Brixton tube.
The third Craft Beer Co pub in London, 5 minutes' walk from Angel tube.
Lovely one roomed modern beer house in the middle of Highgate village.
Lovely one roomed, light and airy pub close to Angel station.
Smart and spacious brewery tap in South Bermondsey.
Smart but comfortable sister pub to Old Red Cow and Dean Swift.
Sister pub to Well & Bucket, Exmouth Arms, etc, with a stunning bottled beer list.
Unique ‘all can’ beer shop/bar in a railway arch, by Hop Burns & Black
Specialist pub serving an excellent range of beers from London breweries only.
Stylish beer shop/tasting room specialising in beer, hot sauce and vinyl.
Multi-award winning community freehouse owned by local co-operative.
Summer only container bar offering 11 draft beers.
The first pub from Hammerton Brewery.
Huge but cosy corner pub serving great Italian beer
Traditional old community pub.
A bar without a bar, but with huge character, personality and great beer.
Small, classic West End pub with a very good range of beers.
Sleek, cool and modern craft beer bar from the people behind Five Points Brewery.
Stylish, modern tap room from a promising new south London brewery
Traditional old boozer just off City Road, now with it's own brewery. Just 2 mins from Old Street tube.
Sister pub to Euston Tap and Holborn Whippet, and of similar high quality.
Lovely traditional pub, comfortable and oozing atmosphere.
Another excellent brewery tap under railway arches.
Wonderful traditional pub, for many years the only Harvey's pub in London.
Traditional pub on Bromley High Street, now serving a superb range of beers.
Highly impressive specialist beer bar in a most unlikely location.
Modern bar with exposed brickwork and a laid back ambience.
Bright, airy and very cool bar with the best pub ceiling in London.
Impressive beer bar under the arches near Waterloo Station.
Seriously classy bottle shop/tasting room with a stunning range of beer.
Bottle shop, bar and tasting room with an astounding beer selection
Brewery tap for leading West London brewery.
Modern style beer bar in a beautifully restored old bar with great character.
Classic pub right on Parsons Green.