Top 10 Real Ale Pubs in London


1. The Sussex Arms

15 Staines Road, Twickenham, TW2 5BG


With 18 handpulls and 50 bottles of beer and cider to choose from, it’s understandable why The Sussex Arms has received so many positive reviews online. Plus with a ‘Beer Loyalty Card’ available and food on offer, it’s hard not to love this place.

Rating: 5/5


2. Royal Oak

44 Tabard Street, Borough, London SE1 4JU

With its Victorian style, visiting this quirky corner pub is sure to please real ale fans. Royal Oak rotates their selection of real ales according to season, so if you become a regular visitor you’re sure to be presented with a different fantastic selection of beer on every visit. Be sure to sample Harvey’s Sussex Best.

Rating: 4.5/5


3. Southampton Arms

139 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1LE


This quaint pub offers up some incredibly interesting beers, most crafted in small UK breweries. Be warned though, on a busy weekend it’s not unusual for this taproom to run out certain independent ales.

Rating: 4.5/5


4. Euston Tap

190 Euston Road, London NW1 2EF

Located in an old Victorian gatehouse by Euston Station, this establishment is perfect for visitors coming in and out of London. Despite being a dedicated cider house, Euston Tap presents customers with an ever changing selection of casked real ales.

Rating: 4.5/5


5. Jerusalem Tavern

55 Britton Street, London EC1M 5UQ


This quirky vintage pub serves up the full selection of Suffolk’s St Peter’s Brewery in small casks, but avoid busy times as this place is pretty cosy.

Rating: 4.5/5


6. Draft House Northcote

94 Northcote Road, Clapham, London, SW11 6QW

The establishment’s owner Charlie McVeigh created a buzz in the capital when he started selling sample size beers in the form of 1/3 pint glasses. This way, punters can sample every one of the 16 ales which are on offer. The ales are on rotation too, so there’s always something new to try.

Rating: 4.5/5


7. The Swan

46 Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 0DZ


Just a short walk from Hammersmith tube station, this pub is a great place to visit after work. With up to 10 rotating ales on offer at any one time, this place will always keep beer fans interested and happy.

Rating: 4/5


8. King William IV

816 High Road, Leyton, London, E10 6AE

With the Brodie’s Brewery attached to the pub, this place is a sure favourite with real ale lovers. With up to 20 draught ales available at the weekends and pints starting from £1.99, this pub is not to be missed.

Rating: 4/5


9. The White Horse

1-3 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL


The White Horse is hard to beat in terms of choice. With an impressive selection of 135 bottled beers and 8 cask ales to pick from, ranging from bitters like Harveys to more contemporary IPAs, I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than sampling from this giant menu. Also, don’t miss out on The White Horse’s Beer Festivals which are held throughout the year.

Rating: 3.5/5


10. Well and Bucket

143 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 7DG

If you fancy a modern establishment, this shabby chic-hipster joint could be up your alley. This pub serves a selection of cask ales on rotation alongside a massive selection of IPAs, Porters and Stouts.

Rating: 3.5/5


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