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.


Beer Merchants Tap A Jezza top pick A Steve top pick  WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2018 Dog Friendly Specializes in Belgian Beers Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Taproom and bottle shop bar with an outstanding range of beer.


Brew by Numbers  A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours Original listing in the Guide

Excellent brewery tap in a railway arch in the heart of Bermondsey.


The 3rd BrewDog bar in London, and by far the best.


BrewDog Tower Hill A Jezza top pick A Steve top pick  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub. New entry in the Guide in 2018 Dog Friendly

Huge new BrewDog bar incorporating its own brewery


Superb specialist beer pub, one of the top destinations in town.


London tap room for the excellent Manchester brewery.


The first and best Craft Beer Co pub.


Euston Tap A Jezza top pick  Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

Serious modern beer bar with a great selection of beer.


Bottle shop bar near East Putney station.


Ghost Whale SW9 A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2017 Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Bottle shop bar with over 400 beers.


House of Hammerton A Jezza top pick  Full menu Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2017 Dog Friendly

The first pub from Hammerton Brewery.


London outpost for one of the best breweries in the UK.


Mother Kelly's E2 A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly Bottle shop with onsite drinking

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


Mother Kelly's SE1 A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2017 Dog Friendly Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Stunning bar with bottle shop under the railway arches at Vauxhall.


Pembury Tavern A Jezza top pick  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

Classic pub, now a Five Points pub/tap room.


Red Hand A Jezza top pick  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2019

Another excellent pub from the Graceland group


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


Sussex Arms A Jezza top pick  Full menu Live Music WiFi available Original listing in the Guide 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  Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly

Smart but comfy sister pub to the Sussex Arms, with very enthusiastic staff.


The Axe A Jezza top pick  Full menu Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2017 Dog Friendly

Seriously excellent pub from the people behind the Kings Arms, E2.


The Barrel Project A Jezza top pick  Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2017 Dog Friendly

Bar and barrel ageing project from London Beer Factory


Cavernous pub with specialist Belgian/Dutch bar upstairs.


The Harp A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Original listing in the Guide

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 Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Fantastic bottle shop bar on the South Bank.


The Kernel Taproom A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2019 Dog Friendly

Tap room in a dedicated arch, two down from the brewery.


Very atmospheric sister pub to the Earl of Essex.


Wonderful traditional Harvey's pub, now under new management.


The Rusty Bucket Pub A Jezza top pick  Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2018 Dog Friendly

Independent freehouse with one of the best beer lists in London.


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.

Anspach & Hobday  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2014

Busy and thriving brewery tap in a railway arch.


Highly impressive bottle shop bar, plus burgers.


Bottle shop bar and burger place, all in one.


Beer Asylum  Jezza Honourable Mention New entry in the Guide in 2019 Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Bottle shop bar in leafy Pinner.


Black Dog Beer House  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub. New entry in the Guide in 2018 Dog Friendly

Back street local transformed into excellent beer focused pub.


BrewDog Camden  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

BrewDog's first bar outside Scotland.


The first BrewDog bar south of the river.


BrewDog Shoreditch  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

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.


The Cock Tavern  Jezza Honourable Mention Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub. Original listing in the Guide

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 6th Craft Beer Co bar in London and one of the best.


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.


CraftnDraft  Jezza Honourable Mention Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2019 Bottle shop with onsite drinking Growler fills available

Bottle shop bar on Hackney Road, at the south end of Haggerston Park.


The Duke's Head  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Regularly has London brewed beers Original listing in the Guide

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


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


Earth Tap  Jezza Honourable Mention Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2019

London’s first tap room in a double decker bus.


Exmouth Arms  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Original listing in the Guide

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


The Experiment  Jezza Honourable Mention Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2018 Dog Friendly

Collaborative tap room in a railway arch in central Hackney.


Fourpure Brewing Co  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

Smart and spacious brewery tap in South Bermondsey.


Grosvenor Arms  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2019 Dog Friendly

Large corner pub half way between Stockwell and Brixton.


Hammerton Tap Room  Jezza Honourable Mention Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2019 Dog Friendly

Brewery tap for well established North London brewery.


Harrild and Sons  Jezza Honourable 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.


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


Second branch of the outstanding bottle shop/bar, this time in a railway arch in Deptford.


The Hope  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Original listing in the Guide

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


The Ivy House  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Live Music Regularly has London brewed beers Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

Traditional old community pub.


The Lyric  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Original listing in the Guide

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


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


Mother Kelly's E20  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available New entry in the Guide in 2019 Dog Friendly Bottle shop with onsite drinking

Stunning modern tap room on the Olympic Park.


Old Fountain  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub. Original listing in the Guide

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 WiFi available Original listing in the Guide

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


The Queen's Head  Jezza Honourable Mention Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Original listing in the Guide

Lovely traditional pub, comfortable and oozing atmosphere.


Star and Garter  Jezza Honourable Mention Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2017 Dog Friendly

Traditional pub on Bromley High Street, now serving a superb range of beers.


Hackney Church Brew Co.  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub. New entry in the Guide in 2018 Dog Friendly

Huge brewpub under the railway arches in the centre of Hackney.


Stormbird  Jezza Honourable Mention Original listing in the Guide

Highly impressive specialist beer bar in a most unlikely location.


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.


Two Tribes  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2018

Tap room at the Sussex brewer's new London brewery.


Seriously classy bottle shop/tasting room with a stunning range of beer.


Modern style beer bar in a beautifully restored old bar with great character.


The White Horse  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

Classic pub right on Parsons Green.


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