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The best London breweries

London's craft beer scene has grown at an astonishing rate, with a whole host of taprooms and brewery tours now open to the public. Here's our pick of the best London breweries

Sick of hitting the ‘Spoons on a Friday night? Impress mates and dates by taking them to any one of these independent brewery taprooms, where London craft beers and house ales can be sampled in the comfort of the brewery or affiliated bar. After all, the best London breweries are surely the ones where you can sample straight from the source. Read on for our selection. 

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Breweries in north London

Barnet Brewery

Situated behind the Black Horse Pub in Barnet, house brewer Tim Longman keeps the taps flowing with a range of real ales.

Barnet Brewery, The Black Horse, Wood St, EN5 4BW. 020 8449 2230.

Mon-Sat noon-midnight. Sun noon-11pm.

www.blackhorsebarnet.co.uk

Camden Town Brewery

From Thursday to Saturday, the brewery’s taproom plays host to a variety of street food vendors along with beers such as the famous Camden Hells Lager.

Tue-Wed 2pm-9pm, Thur-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-9pm.

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Kentish Town

London Brewing Co

Specially matching their handcrafted beer to their food, the staff at The Bull pub in Highgate will always find something to your taste.

Sun-Thu noon-11.30pm Fri-Sat noon-midnight.

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Southbury

Breweries in east London

Crate Brewery

This unique venue created from scavenged material such as railway sleepers and bed springs features house beers and guest brews from around the world. Savour with a hand-rolled, made-to-order pizza.

Sun-Thu noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-midnight.

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Hackney Wick

Howling Hops

The first of its kind, this taproom serves its beer directly from the tank, as opposed to the more traditional cask or keg. It serves ten different beers, including the Howling Pils, as well as coffee, meats and sarnies.

Sun-Thu noon-11pm. Fri-Sat noon-midnight.

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Hackney Wick

Redchurch Brewery Taproom

Inviting their favourite musicians and DJs along to complement the beer, these Bethnal Green brewers have turned their brewery into a destination.

Thu-Fri 6pm-12.30am, Sat noon-12.30am.

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Bethnal Green

Tap East

Situated in The Great Eastern Market in Stratford, this microbrewery and bar serves its entire range of beers on draught, including the ‘Coffee in the Morning’ stout.

Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon-10pm.

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Stratford

The Wild Card Brewery

The Wild Card Brewery bar offers a range of bottled and cask beers as well as a selection of other, locally made alcoholic beverages.

Fri 5pm-Midnight, Sat 11am-Midnight, Sun 11am-10pm.

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Upper Walthamstow

Breweries in south London

Anspach & Hobday

Just minutes from London Bridge, Anspach & Hobday serve their range of quirky and quality beers including Pale Ale and Smoked Brown. Enjoy with food from the nearby Maltby Street Market.

Fri 5pm-9.30pm, Sat 11am-5.30pm, Sun noon-5pm.

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Bermondsey

Bexley Brewery

Currently the only brewery in its borough, its labels are unmistakably recognisable by their wild, ring-necked parakeets (also an icon of the local area).

Bexley Brewery, 18 Manford Industrial Estate, Manor Rd, DA8 2AJ. 01322 337368.

Sat Nov 28, 11.15am-12.30pm, £10.

www.bexleybrewery.co.uk

Big Smoke Brew Co

Described as (almost all) vegan friendly, Big Smoke Brew Co makes flavourful, punchy and additive-free beer – drink it at The Antelope in Surbiton where it’s based.

Big Smoke Brew Co, The Antelope, 87 Maple Rd, Surbiton, KT6 4AW. 020 8399 5565.

Mon-Thu noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm, Sun noon-10.30pm.

www.bigsmokebrew.co.uk

Brew By Numbers

A marriage of Belgian, Australian and New Zealand brewing styles, this brewery prides itself on creating new, high-quality, forward-thinking beers.

Brew By Numbers, 79 Enid St, SE16 3RA. 020 7237 9794.

Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-6pm.

www.brewbynumbers.com

Brick Brewery

Brick was founded in 2013 and is located under the arches of Peckham Rye Station; its taproom hosts a range of their core cask, keg and bottled beers, including the amazing London Brick rye.

Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat noon-10pm.

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Peckham Rye

Brixton Brewery

Even the grandparents and kids of this family-run business pitch in and lend a hand in the creation of these beers in the heart of Brixton, highlighting the breweries’ emphasis on community spirit.

Sat noon-5pm.

 

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Brixton

Brockley Brewery

Brockley Brewery was founded by a group of local residents who felt that the area’s thriving local community was lacking good-quality ales. Housed in a disused builder’s workshop, it opened its doors to the public in 2013 so that everyone could take advantage of a brewery on their doorstep.

Brockley Brewery, 31 Harcourt Rd, SE4 2AJ. 07814 584338.

Fri 5.30pm-7.30pm, Sat 10am-5pm.

www.brockleybrewery.co.uk

By The Horns Brewing Co

From a homebrew kit in a garage, this brewery now features a taproom boasting flagship ales, limited-edition beers and guest ales from other fantastic local breweries.

By The Horns Brewing Co, 25 Summerstown, SW17 0BQ. 020 3417 7338.

Wed-Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat noon-10pm.

www.bythehorns.co.uk

Canopy Beer Co

Featuring both guest and house ales on tap such as the Milkwood Amber Ale, this brewery also showcases a range of gins and ciders made in the local area. Sit outside in the taproom beer garden or inside if the weather isn’t all that great.

Canopy Beer Co, Arch 1127, Bath Factory Estate, 41 Norwood Rd, SE4 9AJ. 07792 463386.

Wed-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm.

www.canopybeer.com

Clarkshaws

The first microbrewery to have its products 100 percent Vegetarian Society-accredited, Clarkshaws shares its tap room with the London Beer Lab. Go for drinks and a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery itself.

Clarkshaws, Arch 283 Belinda Rd, SW9 7DT. 07989 402687.

Sat noon-6pm.

www.clarkshaws.co.uk

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Breweries in west London

Long Arm Brewing Co

More than 200 years after a brewery originally opened on the site, the Ealing Park Tavern is now home to the Long Arm Brewing Company, which currently serves Red Ale, Pale Ale and an American IPA.

Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am-10.30pm.

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South Ealing

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By: Euan Ferguson

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