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; 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.


The 3rd BrewDog bar in London, and one of 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.


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

Serious modern beer bar with a great selection of beer.


Ghost Whale SW15 A Jezza top pick  WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2019 Dog Friendly Bottle shop with onsite drinking

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.


Pivo A Jezza top pick  Full menu New entry in the Guide in 2021 Specializes in Czech/Slovak Beers

Specialist bar showcasing a range of beers from Czech breweries.


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 pub near Twickenham Green.


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 Bull & Finch A Jezza top pick  Live Music Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2019 Dog Friendly

An excellent bar by Bullfinch Brewery, right opposite Gipsy Hill station.


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  Steve Honourable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours New entry in the Guide in 2019 Dog Friendly

Tap room for the fantastic Kernel 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 Micropub 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.

The Albion  Jezza Honourable Mention 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.


Busy and thriving tap room in a railway arch.


The Antelope (KT6)  Jezza Honourable Mention Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly

Smart but comfy Big Smoke pub.


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.


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

BrewDog's second London bar.


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

Huge BrewDog bar incorporating its own brewery.


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.


Classic east London pub right next to Limehouse DLR station.


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


Craft Beer Co's second London pub.


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.


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.


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

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.


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

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


Another Kent micropub venturing beyond cask ale.


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 Kentish Belle  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Micropub New entry in the Guide in 2018 Dog Friendly

Micropub serving cask ales and an impressive range of bottled beers.


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.


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 its own brewery.


Pelt Trader  Jezza Honourable Mention WiFi available Original listing in the Guide Dog Friendly

Sister pub to Euston Tap and siblings, 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

Spacious 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.


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

Traditional pub with a modern beer range.


Tap room just north of Kings Cross/St Pancras.


New Balham branch of the excellent Clapton Craft, in the former We Brought Beer location.


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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