Without a doubt, the following recommended list of real ale pubs in London are well worth a visit. Keen to maintain high standards, year in year out, our pick of the real ale pubs in London should ensure you find the best kept real ales and perfectly served pints of the nutty brown stuff.
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The main draw of the CAMRA award-winning Bree Louise is its real ales. Typically only one or two of these come from major brewers, the rest belonging to obscure microbreweries. They encompass a wide range of different styles, many of which are hard to find elsewhere.
69 Cobourg Street, Euston, London, NW1 2HH
(020) 7681 4930
The Bull features an on site microbrewery serving American style craft beers and its own real ale, plus brews from Redemption in Tottenham are also on offer.
13 North Hill, Highgate, London, N6 4AB
(020) 8341 0510
Cask is a stylish pub that offers a variety of beers from Belgium, Germany and the USA. The food menu serves a traditional Sunday roast as well as Mediterranean dishes such as slow baked baby poussin, goats cheese bruschetta and chocolate and orange tiramisu
6 Charlwood Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 2EE
(020) 7630 7225
The Dean Swift is a contemporary pub that offers a variety of British meals and a huge array of craft beers. The Dean Swift also hosts weekly quiz nights and occasional live music, as well as showing the latest sporting events.
10 Gainsford Street, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2NE
(020) 7357 0748
The Duchess of Cambridge is a smart pub on the site formerly known as The Brook. The venue features an extensive range of both local and national independently brewed real ales. Six hand pumped and nine gravity poured real ales and nine cask ciders. The Duchess of Cambridge also boasts a comprehensive choice of more than 90 whiskies.
320 Goldhawk Road, Stamford Brook, London, W6 0XF
(020) 8834 7336
There are 13 beers on keg and 5 on cask at Islington's impressive the Earl of Essex.
25 Danbury Street, Islington, London, N1 8LE
(020) 7424 5828
This Shepherd Neame pub in the East End carries the CAMRA seal of approval for its impressive range of real ales on draught.
460 Old Ford Road, Bow, London, E3 5JP
(020) 8980 6992
This Kentish Town pub features London brewers Hackney, London Fields and East London on its four guest hand pumps.
20 Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 3LG
(020) 7482 4466
There’s a focus on real ale at The Grape and Grain, with a selection of eight handpumps from micro brewers, something that’s earned them a listing in the Good Beer Guide.
2 Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2AA
(020) 8778 4109
Upto 11 pumps pour quality ales at this community pub in Croydon. There are two permanent brews: Dark Star Hop Head and Well's Bombardier. Plus there are guest ales from across the UK.
60 High Street, Croydon, London, CR0 1NA
(020) 8667 0684
It has been CAMRA West London Pub of the Year several times, and in 2011 was CAMRA Greater London Pub of the Year. The real ale is overwhelming in choice.
47 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS
(020) 7836 0291
This 18th century establishment serves a variety of real ales from St Peter's brewery, including Ruby Red and Organic Best.
55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 5UQ
(020) 7490 4281
Stoke Newington's The Jolly Butchers is a safe haven for local ale lovers, thanks to a constantly evolving line-up of independent real ales on cask from the likes of Buxton Brewery, Magic Rock and Thornbridge.
202-204 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7JD
(020) 7241 2185
This is a pub that cares as much about its cask ale offering as it does about keeping the regulars happy. They offer five real ales at any one time, two of which – Harvey’s Sussex and Timothy Taylor Landlord – are always available.
9 Chancery Lane, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 6NR
(020) 8663 1031
The Kings Arms is a well regarded, traditional pub that serves up a sumptuous Thai menu from Monday to Saturday, as well as an impressive roast on a Sunday.
25 Roupell Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8TB
(020) 7207 0784
The Market Porter is the ultimate real ale pub, serving a different name each day with Harveys as the resident tipple.
9 Stoney Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9AA
(020) 7407 2495
As a Fuller’s house real ale is the main drink of choice. An array of handpumps offer a full range including Chiswick Bitter, London Pride, Discovery, London Porter and seasonal specials such as Jack Frost.
194 Fleet Street, The City, London, EC4A 2LT
(020) 7430 2255
Real ale is a strongpoint, with a rotating array of unusual brews changing every week and beer festivals also a regular occurrence. If it's on, try a pint of TEA (Traditional English Ale) from the Hogsback brewery in Surrey
15 Nunhead Green, Nunhead, London, SE15 3QQ
(020) 7639 4007
Options include ales like Harvey's Sussex, St Austell Tribute, the hoppy Taylor's Landlord, Flowers ale, Badger beer and the ubiquitous favourite London Pride.
45 Passey Place, Eltham, London, SE9 5DA
(020) 8850 8919
The Pineapple is a refurbished Victorian pub with its original frontage. On the menu is traditional roast dinners on Sundays and authentic Thai cuisine throughout the rest of the week.
51 Leverton Street, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2NX
(020) 7284 4631
The Rake has a huge and varied selection of real ales and beers from around the world including St Peter's.
14 Winchester Walk, Southwark, London, SE1 9AG
(020) 7407 0557
Red Herring specialises in Fullers Cask ales & has a good selection of wines and spirits.
49 Gresham Street, The City, London, EC2V 7ET
It has a busy restaurant feel in the city lunch hours and becomes a relaxed pub in the evenings.
(020) 7606 0399
A number of guest ales are on offer at the Royal Albert including tipples from Thornbridge, Harviestoun and BrewDog.
460 New Cross Road, New Cross, London, SE14 6TJ
(020) 8692 3737
A beer-savvy manager at this old favourite has six handpumps to play with, rotating a range of beers from Adnams, Batemans, Thwaites and Westerham, with beer festivals planned too.
97 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, London, NW3 4RL
(020) 7483 1261
The quality of its real ale is a decided plus. St Austell Tribute is the house bitter. Enterprisingly, moreover, the pub offers beers from new and acclaimed London breweries as Redemption of Tottenham and Sambrook’s of Battersea.
75 Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury, London, N5 2NN
(020) 7354 9532
Dark Star, Brodie's and Camden Town ales make an appearance at The Southampton Arms.
139 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1LE
(020) 7485 1511
For a more unusual offering of cask ales, head along to Well and Bucket on Bethnal Green Road, where the likes of Camden Town Brewery are an example of the local offering, while Little Creatures is just one of the ales from further afield.
143 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DG
(020) 3664 6454
The White Horse has an impressive range of cask ales and lagers and quality is never compromised.
154 Fleet Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 2QX
(020) 7485 2112
Ye Olde Mitre is a famous real ale pub in Ely Place and is approximately 500 years old.
1 Ely Court, Ely Place, Farringdon, London, EC1N 6SJ
(020) 7405 4751