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 (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.
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.
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.
Huge BrewDog bar incorporating its own brewery.
Superb specialist beer pub, one of the top destinations in town.
London tap room for the excellent Manchester brewery. TAKEAWAY ONLY FOR NOW.
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.
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.
Mother Kelly's SE1
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.
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.
The Royal Oak, SE1
Wonderful traditional Harvey's pub, now under new management. DUE TO REOPEN 13 OCTOBER.
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 tap room 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. TAKE AWAY ONLY FOR NOW.
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.
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 Duke's Head
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 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. Soon to become a brewpub.
Brewery tap for well established North London brewery.
Stylish beer shop specialising in beer, hot sauce and vinyl. TAKEAWAY ONLY FOR NOW.
Second branch of the outstanding bottle shop, this time in a railway arch in Deptford. TAKEAWAY ONLY FOR NOW.
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 from a promising new south London brewery. OUTDOOR DRINKING ONLY FOR NOW.
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.
The Queen's Head
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 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.
Classic pub right on Parsons Green.