Jezza's Top Picks

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.

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Note that we regularly update what constitutes a top pick so places can be relegated from the list if their beer range dips or there are other significant changes.


Cool brewery tap at one of London's best breweries.


Bottle Shop A Jezza top pick  Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014

Bottle shop and bar with an outstanding range at excellent prices.


Brew by Numbers  A Jezza top pick  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours

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.


Euston Tap A Jezza top pick A Fred top pick  Dog Friendly

Serious modern beer bar with a great selection of beer.


Exmouth Arms A Jezza top pick A Fred top pick  Full menu WiFi available

Sister pub to Black Heart with an increasingly impressive range of beer.


Mother Kelly's A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly

Outstanding bottle shop/bar in a railway arch near Bethnal Green tube.


Wonderful pub selling beers and ciders from small UK independent breweries.


Sussex Arms A Jezza top pick  Full menu Live Music WiFi available Dog Friendly

Outstanding proper pub near Twickenham Green.


The Albion A Jezza top pick  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2016 Dog Friendly

Another excellent pub from the people behind Big Smoke Brew Co.


The Antelope (KT6) A Jezza top pick A Fred top pick  Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub. New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly

Smart but comfy sister pub to the Sussex Arms.


The Fox A Jezza top pick  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Dog Friendly

Rather excellent, big, airy 'proper' pub 2 minutes from Duke's.


The Harp A Jezza top pick  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers

One of the best pubs in London, now lovingly cared for by Fullers.


The Hop Locker A Jezza top pick  Full menu Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2015 Dog Friendly

Fantastic bottle shop bar in a thriving market behind the Royal Festival Hall.


The UK's first Italian beer bar, from Birrificio Del Ducato.


Excellent freehouse with great beer and very good food.


Very atmospheric sister pub to the Earl of Essex.


Honourable Mention

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.

Beer and Burger  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2017

Bottle shop bar and burger place, all in one.


BrewDog Camden  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Dog Friendly

BrewDog's first bar outside Scotland.


The first BrewDog bar south of the river.


BrewDog's second London bar.


BrewDog Soho  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2015 Dog Friendly

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.


Sister pub to the Jolly Butchers, and one of the best in south London.


Lovely one roomed modern beer house in the middle of Highgate village.


Lovely one roomed, light and airy pub close to Angel station.


Fourpure Brewing Co  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours Dog Friendly

Smart and spacious brewery tap in South Bermondsey.


Hack and Hop  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014

Smart but comfortable sister pub to Old Red Cow and Dean Swift.


Harrild and Sons  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014

Sister pub to Well & Bucket, Exmouth Arms, etc, with a stunning bottled beer list.


The Hop and Berry  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly

Specialist pub serving an excellent range of beers from London breweries only.


Stylish beer shop/tasting room specialising in beer, hot sauce and vinyl.


The Hope  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu

Multi-award winning community freehouse owned by local co-operative.


Huge but cosy corner pub serving great Italian beer


The Ivy House  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Live Music Regularly has London brewed beers Dog Friendly

Traditional old community pub.


A bar without a bar, but with huge character, personality and great beer.


The Lyric  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu

Small, classic West End pub with a very good range of beers.


Mason and Company  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2016 Dog Friendly

Sleek, cool and modern craft beer bar from the people behind Five Points Brewery.


Mondo Tap House  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2015 Dog Friendly

Stylish, modern tap room from a promising new south London brewery


Old Fountain  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub.

Traditional old boozer just off City Road, now with it's own brewery. Just 2 mins from Old Street tube.


Pelt Trader  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available

Sister pub to Euston Tap and Holborn Whippet, and of similar high quality.


The Queen's Head  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers

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.


Highly impressive specialist beer bar in a most unlikely location.


Modern bar with exposed brickwork and a laid back ambience.


The Three Johns  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014

Bright, airy and very cool bar with the best pub ceiling in London.


Understudy  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2015 Dog Friendly

Bar on the corner of the National Theatre, right on the South Bank.


Waterloo Tap  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2016 Dog Friendly

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.


The White Horse  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu Dog Friendly

Classic pub right on Parsons Green.


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