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; 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.
99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN
Taproom and bottle shop bar with an outstanding range of beer.
6 Charlwood Street, London SW1V 2EE
Specialist beer pub, one of the top destinations in town.
82 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TR
The first and best Craft Beer Co pub.
134 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 2SP
Bottle shop bar near East Putney station.
70 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PX
Bottle shop bar with over 400 beers.
99 Holloway Road, London N7 8LT
The first pub from Hammerton Brewery.
251 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE
Bottle shop/bar in a railway arch near Bethnal Green tube.
90 Amhurst Road, London E8 1JH
Classic pub, now a Five Points pub/tap room.
36-38 Stoke Newington Road, , London N16 7XJ
Another excellent pub from the Graceland group.
139 Highgate Road, London NW5 1LE
Wonderful pub selling beers and ciders from small UK independent breweries.
227 High Street, Bromley BR1 1NZ
Traditional pub on Bromley High Street, now serving a superb range of beers.
15 Staines Road, Twickenham TW2 5BG
Outstanding pub near Twickenham Green.
16 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DH
Traditional pub with a modern beer range.
18 Northwold Road, London N16 7HR
Seriously excellent pub from the people behind the Kings Arms, E2.
29 Spring Street, London W2 1JA
Craft Beer Co pub right by Paddington Station.
126 Gipsy Hill (opposite station), London SE19 1QL
An excellent bar right opposite Gipsy Hill station - and now a brewpub.
47 Chandos Place, London WC2N 4HS
One of the best pubs in London, now lovingly cared for by Fullers.
SBC Market, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Fantastic bottle shop bar on the South Bank.
Arch 7, Dockley Road Industrial Est, London SE16 3SF
Tap room for the fantastic Kernel Brewery.
11a Buckfast Street, London E2 6EY
Very atmospheric Graceland pub.
44 Tabard Street, London SE1 4JU
Wonderful traditional Harvey's pub.
11 Court Yard, London SE9 5PR
Characterful independent freehouse.
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.
45 Fairfield Road, Kingston KT1 2PY
Another excellent pub from the people behind Big Smoke Brew Co.
118 Druid Street, London SE1 2HH
Busy and thriving tap room in a railway arch.
87 Maple Road, Surbiton KT6
Smart but comfy Big Smoke pub.
1 York Way, London N1C 4AS
Highly impressive bottle shop bar, plus burgers.
88 Walm Lane, London NW2 4YQ
Bottle shop bar and burger place, all in one.
No. 1 Red Lion Parade, Bridge Stree, Pinner HA5 3JD
Bottle shop bar in leafy Pinner.
17 Albany Road, Brentford TW8 0NF
Back street local transformed into excellent beer focused pub.
73 Enid Street, London SE16 3RA
London tap room for the excellent Manchester brewery.
315 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1EJ
A proper pub from the people behind the Southampton Arms.
168 High Holborn, London WC1V 7AA
Craft Beer Co's most central venue.
576 Commercial Road, London E14 7JD
Classic east London pub right next to Limehouse DLR station.
25 Danbury St, London N1 8LE
Lovely one roomed, light and airy pub close to Angel station.
West Lodge, Euston Station, London NW1 2EF
Modern beer bar at Euston Station.
19 Bohemia Place, London E8 1DU
Collaborative tap room in a railway arch in central Hackney.
392 Grove Green Road, London E11 4AP
Excellent bar in a former scout hut.
43a Vanbrugh Park, London SE3 7AA
Serious beer pub, soon to be a brewpub.
17 Sidney Road, London SW9 0TP
Large corner pub half way between Stockwell and Brixton, home of Affinity Brew Co.
38 East Dulwich Road, London SE22 9AX
Stylish beer shop specialising in beer, hot sauce and vinyl.
48 West Street, Carshalton SM5 2PR
Multi-award winning community freehouse owned by local co-operative.
8 Pickford Lane, Bexleyheath DA7 4QW
Micropub serving cask ales and an impressive range of bottled beers.
86 Stewart's Road, SW8 4UG, London SW8 4UG
Stylish, modern tap room.
71 Enid Street, London SE16 3RA
London outpost for one of the best breweries in the UK.
27-30 Victory Parade, London E20 1FS
Modern tap room on the Olympic Park.
3 Baldwin Street, London EC1V 9NU
Traditional old boozer just off City Road, now with its own brewery.
Arch 3, Dowgate Hill , London EC4N 6AP
City sister pub to Euston Tap and siblings.
66 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB
Lovely traditional pub, comfortable and oozing atmosphere.
16 Bohemia Place, London E8 1DU
Spacious brewpub under the railway arches in the centre of Hackney.
25 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR
Highly impressive specialist beer bar.
57 Beckenham Road, Beckenham BR3 4PR
Bottle shop bar right by Clock House station.
1-3 Parsons Green, London SW6 4UL
Classic pub right on Parsons Green.