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.
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.
Cool brewery tap at one of London's best breweries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classic pub, now a Five Points pub/tap room.
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.
Great pizza and beer from those lovely people at Hop Stuff Brewery.
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.