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London's best beer shops

Discover where to buy great bottled beer and ale in London

When a can of Carling isn't going to cut it, seek out one of these specialist shops and take your pick of some of the most exciting craft beers made in London or for beers from microbreweries in the UK, Europe, the US and beyond. Do you have a favourite shop that sells brilliant beer? Leave a comment below.

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The best beer shops in London

The Beer Boutique

A dedicated Putney beer shop with a carefully selected range of Trappist, Belgian, fruit and pilsner brews. London ales are well represented – there's Kernel, and Windsor & Eton – and staff will give advice on the optimum glassware to use with different varieties of beer, as well as food matching.

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East Putney

The Beer Shop

Its website labels it a ‘micro-pub’, but its colourful, light-filled, open-plan front room is probably best described as a drop-in centre for beer-lovers. The tiny back counter dispenses three draught beers and a 60-strong list of bottled beers, ciders and porters – mostly (but not all) from London brewers, all with clear, succinct tasting notes. The Beer Shop also sells everything to take away – even draught beers.

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Nunhead

Borough Wines

The clue’s in the name – this is of course primarily a chain of wine shops, but in recent years it has increasingly stocked a range of well-chosen beers, with a focus on London breweries. Various venues.

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Hackney

BottleDog

The Scottish brewery Brewdog is intent on taking over the world with its flavoursome craft beers and ever-increasing chain of bars; this was its first dedicated bottle shop, and as well as its own beers it stocks a mighty selection from around the world, as well as books and homebrew supplies. Look out for tutored tasting events.

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Holborn

Bottle Apostle

Like Borough Wines, Bottle Apostle is a small but growing chain of wine shops. However, it too doesn’t ignore beer, especially in its Stratford store, in the former Olympic Village – it has one of the best choices of London-brewed beers we’ve seen. Various venues.

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Clapham Park

The Bottle Shop

Despite its simple name, The Bottle Shop is a sophisticated operation – it’s an importer and distributor of incredible craft beer, much of it exclusive, and sells mostly through mail order. This London shop is only open Saturdays and Sundays, but makes up for that with an amazing selection of beer, plus a bar and regular brewer takeovers.

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Bermondsey

Caps & Taps

Caps & Taps, Kentish Town’s first craft beer specialist, is a tiny place but it sells around 300 beers from London, the rest of the UK, the US and the rest of the world. Look out for relative rarities. And fans of esoteric US beers are particularly well served.

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Kentish Town

City Beverage Company

Handy for Shoreditch and Hoxton, this slightly unreconstructed off licence has a decent range of craft beer as well as wine and spirits.

Clapton Craft

The best bottle shop in London? It’s a strong contender. As well as the original in Clapton, as of 2015 there’s a handsome, brand-new branch in Kentish Town, which has ten taps of draught beer to take away in refillable 1 litre bottles and growlers as well as shelves of brilliant beer. Staff are genial and really know their stuff.

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Hackney

Drink of Fulham

A truly exceptional range of beers from around the world pack the shelves of this dedicated Fulham beer shop. There are more than 500 examples of British, Belgian, German, American, Antipodean and other world beers available, and stock changes regularly. Staff will happily point you in the direction of new and interesting bottles – Brewdog Bashah double black IPA, for example, or Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

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By: Euan Ferguson

Comments

10 comments
Tou
Tou

Do you have Lao beer?

drinkers paradise
drinkers paradise

hi every one just wanted to thank timeout for their support great news from us we have expanded our selection of beers and ales we also have a great selection of exclusive spirits and liqours from all around the world and will have a new web page for online sales soon. thank you all

jim
jim

nelson wines has the best beer collection i've ever seen. lots of obscure beers from around the world to try. would definitely recommend a look. i'll check the others a when im next in north london..

Ben K
Ben K

For anyone in West London, Drink on the Fulham Palace Road is only two weeks old but has hundreds of bottled beers. It is the London outpost of a CAMRA afficionado from Goring-on-Thames and combines a world of beers and ales with Gujurati cooking as well. A truly awesome outpost.

C
C

Belgo: actually not very helpful! They couldn't really be bothered to sell me the beer I wanted to buy and told me to try Tesco (!). I'm going to try some of the other shops though they sound great.

Liam Keeling
Liam Keeling

I live just down the road from Highbury Vintners and it really is fantastic. Easily the best wine shop in North London. They have a serious amount of beer and everything else really. Spoilt for choice really!

Nick
Nick

Also worth a mention is Kris Wines at the top of York Way (between Camden and Holloway) - so many beers that I usually just end up choosing at random.

Monika
Monika

One of the most amazing beer, cider and wine shops in South London is a little gem called Mr Lawrence in Crofton Park ( Lewisham ). They not only offer the most individual selection and advice, they have incredibly competitive prices. Can' t go wrong with any bottle of anything. The gem!

tal
tal

Nelson Wines is a veritable feast of beer, wine and pretty much all booze. Could a shop be any better stocked to the rafters!

Stu
Stu

I used to live just down the road from Drinkers Paradise and I can testify as to the amazing selection of booze from around the world, as well as the brilliant people who run it - a Kentish Town hidden gem!