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.
Taproom and bottle shop bar with an outstanding range of beer.
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.
London tap room for the excellent Manchester brewery.
The first and best Craft Beer Co pub.
Serious modern beer bar with a great selection of beer.
Bottle shop bar near East Putney station.
Bottle shop bar with over 400 beers.
Bar in railway arch specialising in gin and Belgian beer.
The first pub from Hammerton Brewery.
London outpost for one of the best breweries in the UK.
Outstanding bottle shop/bar in a railway arch near Bethnal Green tube.
Stunning bar with bottle shop under the railway arches at Vauxhall.
Classic pub, now a Five Points pub/tap room.
Another excellent pub from the Graceland group
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, with very enthusiastic staff.
Seriously excellent pub from the people behind the Kings Arms, E2.
Bar and barrel ageing project from London Beer Factory
Cavernous pub with specialist Belgian/Dutch bar upstairs.
One of the best pubs in London, now lovingly cared for by Fullers.
Fantastic bottle shop bar on the South Bank.
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.
Independent freehouse with one of the best beer lists in London.
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.
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.
Bottle shop bar in leafy Pinner.
Back street local transformed into excellent beer focused pub.
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.
Huge new BrewDog bar incorporating its own brewery
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 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.
Bottle shop bar on Hackney Road, at the south end of Haggerston Park.
Lovely one roomed modern beer house in the middle of Highgate village.
Lovely one roomed, light and airy pub close to Angel station.
London’s first tap room in a double decker bus.
Sister pub to Black Heart with an increasingly impressive range of beer.
Collaborative tap room in a railway arch in central Hackney.
Smart and spacious brewery tap in South Bermondsey.
Large corner pub half way between Stockwell and Brixton.
Brewery tap for well established North London brewery.
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.
Multi-award winning community freehouse owned by local co-operative.
Traditional old community pub.
Small, classic West End pub with a very good range of beers.
Stylish, modern tap room from a promising new south London brewery
Stunning modern tap room on the Olympic Park.
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.
Traditional pub on Bromley High Street, now serving a superb range of beers.
Huge brewpub under the railway arches in the centre of Hackney.
Highly impressive specialist beer bar in a most unlikely location.
Bright, airy and very cool bar with the best pub ceiling in London.
Tap room at the Sussex brewer's new London brewery.
Impressive beer bar under the arches near Waterloo Station.
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.
Classic pub right on Parsons Green.