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The best places to drink kombucha in London

Find the feel-good fermented tea on the menus of these London bars and restaurants

By Laura Richards
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Kombuc-huh? If you’re not already familiar with the drink, chances are you will be soon. No longer just served in bohemian cafés, the fermented tea is spreading across London, found more and more frequently on the menus of bars and restaurants in the capital (and soon to be listed at Fuller’s pubs).

The lightly effervescent, sweet-sour soft drink is a fermented and sweetened tea served chilled. A scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts) is used to kick off the fermentation process, and although alcohol is a by-product, it’s typically a trace amount in the drinks you find in bottles and on the shelves – making kombucha an interesting alternative to booze on a night out.

Kombucha is thought to originate from China but its popularity has grown over in Los Angeles in recent years, where its been championed for its supposed gut-friendly properites. And now it’s London’s turn. Seek out the ‘booch’ when going sober at the following London bars, pubs and restaurants.

The best places to drink kombucha in London

Jarr Kombucha Bar

Restaurants North African Hackney Wick

‘Europe’s first kombucha tap room’ is a pilgrimage for tea lovers. Sample Jarr’s bold range as fresh as it comes – its fiery version made with ginger root is the bomb(ucha).

Caravan Bankside

Restaurants Global Southwark

The restaurant and bar chain makes its own shrubs (vinegar syrups) and ferments, including a fruity pomegranate kombucha – a sweet introduction to the sour soft drink.

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Mark's Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

Order from a list titled ‘When Mark’s Not Drinking’ – it’s filled with flavours from fermenters Real Kombucha. The Royal Flush is tipped as a celebration tipple for when you’re off the champers.

The Spread Eagle

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Homerton

Order Jarr Kombucha – passion fruit, ginger and original flavours – straight-up at this vegan pub and you’ll feel good all over. For less wholesome times, a brunch cocktail menu includes a passion fruit mimosa and a beetroot punch, two boozy tipples with kombucha at their core.

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Littleduck Picklery

Restaurants Contemporary European Dalston

Fermentation is the name of the game at The Picklery, a Hackney eatery that makes its own interesting drinks. Infused kombuchas vary with the seasons and are often used in cocktails. Don’t have a scooby about that scoby? Keep an eye out for Littleduck’s fermentation workshops.

Spiritland
Photograph: Ed Reeve

Spiritland

Clubs King’s Cross

Every little touch at Spiritland is on trend, from a state-of-the-art sound system to a small plates menu that’s as banging as the beats. Soft drinks are just as considered, with ginger kombucha served on the rocks.

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High Mood Food Kombucha Bar

Restaurants Cafés Marylebone

Every Thursday, this deli serving food with a gut-friendly focus turns its attention to fermented bevvies. During High’s happy hour (5.30pm-8pm), expect to see Wild Fizz Kombucha poured on tap, served alongside non-alcoholic beers and Seedlip cocktails. Natural highs are the best, after all.

Hakkasan Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Tottenham Court Road

This fancy central London haunt knows that you want to feel special on a night out, whether on the soft drinks or the hard stuff. That’s why it’s created the ‘Orchard List’, a collection of curious soft drinks inspired by cultures around the world. Find kombucha by the bottle – a sparkling drink in a sparkling setting.

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Market Hall Fulham

Restaurants Food court Fulham

The main bar at this Fulham food hall has plenty of drinks on the menu to match the array of global cuisines. Find kombuchas in among the soft drink options – including a wild berry flavour.

Farmer J (City)

Restaurants British City of London

Get your kombucha fix on tap at this restaurant with a ‘farm to fork’ philosophy. Plus, they brew their own cucumber kombucha, which is infused with mint and lemon, too. Super-refreshing sipping awaits.

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Waeska

Bars and pubs Hotel bars Fitzrovia

In among hemp-washed spirits, champagne floats and other exotic booze-fuelled twists lies an alcohol-free cocktail on the menu at Waeska. The Hops contains just that, plus kombucha and a rhubarb and red fruit cordial. Treat yourself to adventurous drinking even when you’re not, you know, actually drinking.  

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