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.
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.
Another excellent pub from the people behind Big Smoke Brew Co.
Busy and thriving tap room in a railway arch.
Smart but comfy Big Smoke pub.
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.
BrewDog's second London bar.
Huge BrewDog bar incorporating its own brewery.
Brewery tap under the railway arches for a top quality south London brewery.
London tap room for the excellent Manchester brewery.
A proper pub from the people behind the Southampton Arms.
Craft Beer Co's 5th London venue.
Classic east London pub right next to Limehouse DLR station.
Craft Beer Co's second London pub.
Lovely one roomed, light and airy pub close to Angel station.
Modern beer bar at Euston Station.
Collaborative tap room in a railway arch in central Hackney.
Excellent bar in a former scout hut.
Large corner pub half way between Stockwell and Brixton, home of Affinity Brew Co.
Stylish beer shop specialising in beer, hot sauce and vinyl.
Second branch of the outstanding bottle shop, this time in a railway arch in Deptford.
Multi-award winning community freehouse owned by local co-operative.
Another Kent micropub venturing beyond cask ale.
Traditional old community pub.
Micropub serving cask ales and an impressive range of bottled beers.
Small, classic West End pub with a very good range of beers.
Stylish, modern tap room.
London outpost for one of the best breweries in the UK.
Stunning modern tap room on the Olympic Park.
Traditional old boozer just off City Road, now with its own brewery.
Sister pub to Euston Tap and siblings, 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.
Spacious brewpub under the railway arches in the centre of Hackney.
Highly impressive specialist beer bar in a most unlikely location.
Traditional pub with a modern beer range.
Tap room just north of Kings Cross/St Pancras.
Balham branch of the excellent Clapton Craft, in the former We Brought Beer location.
Classic pub right on Parsons Green.