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London breweries – 11 best brewery taprooms (2022 guide)

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With the capital having seen a craft beer renaissance over the last few years, there has been a bounty of London breweries to choose from, all with their own unique beer ranges and hoppy hangouts, in the form of brewery taprooms.

Craft beer competition is fierce right now, with new breweries and taprooms opening up all the time. Whilst some are flash, spick and span outfits, others are simpler affairs operating out of smaller, ‘urban’ outposts on industrial estates.

Most of our weekends have been spent visiting a veritable variety of London taprooms and of the forty or so we’ve visited so far, these are our best brewery taprooms in London right now, taking into account the overall experience combined with the range and quality of beers.

The best brewery taprooms in London

Head down to our hoppy highlights below, which we think are our best brewery experiences so far (and we appreciate there are heaps more we need to visit still…)

The best breweries in London:

1. Fourpure Basecamp Brewery Taproom, Bermondsey / Rotherhithe

Over several weekends, we put the ‘effort’ in and finished all of the breweries on the (in)famous Bermondsey Beer Mile – 17 brewery taprooms and counting. Of these, there are two or three that really stood out (more of this later).

The best brewery taprooms in London | Bermondsey beer mile | Fourpure

Fourpure was probably our favourite London breweries on the Bermondsey Beer Mile in terms of the venue itself. Whilst less ‘personal’ than other taprooms (due to its sheer size and number of visiting customers), this is a brand spanking new taproom that you could easily spend all day at, with nice interior decors, good food offerings, massive TVs and also a gift-shop.

The choice of beer here is also unparalleled, with over 40 taps on at any one time, and regular events such as pub quizzes and weekly new beer launches. We particularly liked the stouts / dark beers available here especially the Last Train Oatmeal Stout (5.1% ABV).

The best brewery taprooms in London | Bermondsey beer mile | Fourpure

2. The Moor Taproom and Vaults, Bermondsey Beer Mile

‘Smoked lager’ you say? Yes, please take all our money now. And this is truly how our love affair with The Moor began. Whilst not the most regal or grand of taprooms, this more than makes up for it with their incredible beer range, chirpy staff plus their bargain taproom tray taster – any 4 beers from their core line for only £5. We *think* this is the cheapest craft beer tray taster we’ve seen anywhere in London breweries and definitely encourages you to ‘Drink Moor Beer’. Did we also mention their fine line in gourmet scotch eggs, old school crisp flavours and a cracking cheese-board?

The best brewery taprooms in London

Originally from Bristol, this London outpost opened in 2018 and is always heaving when we’ve visited (it comfortably sits around 30 people with ample room outside for sunshine beers). Like we say, this is all about their smoked lager for us (4.2% abv) – our first foray into smoked lager, with such a looming and lingering taste.

The best brewery taprooms in London | Bermondsey beer mile | Moor Beer Co Vaults & Tap Room
The best brewery taprooms in London
The best brewery taprooms in London

3. Hammerton Brewery, Islington / Barnsbury

We headed to Hammerton Brewery early one Saturday afternoon and arrived just after they opened for the day meaning we had the whole place to ourselves for a little while (our ‘own’ brewery for a bit – living the dream!).

The best brewery taprooms in London

The bar is really welcoming here, and one of Hammerton Brewery’s highlights is their brightly coloured can and beer tap clip designs. The taproom here is open every Friday and Saturday between 12pm and 10pm, with some Hoppy Hour offerings on the Friday as an added incentive. We sank into one of the taproom’s sofas and tried lots of their own beers, all in all a very enjoyable afternoon – board games are available to borrow.

4. Signature Brew E17, Walthamstow

After visiting their Collaboration Bar in Walthamstow, we decided to taste the Signature Brew beer range at the source and visit their London brewery taproom, located on an industrial estate near Blackhorse Road tube and like Exale Brewery, part of the newly created Walthamstow Beer Mile.

The set-up here is excellent with picnic tables laid out in rows beneath the brightly lit beer vats, and a small tap-room bar to the side, bedecked with panels showing the company history. Signature Brew are very much into their music and often collaborate with artists and musicians, both in terms of their product and live music sets at the taproom and Collaboration Bar. This also manifests itself with the cool microphone beer clips you can see on the taps.

Signature Brew has an extensive core-range but for us, it is all about their 5.7% ABV Nightliner coffee porter stout – sheer class in a glass and something we could drink all day – kinda like actual coffee, but better!

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5. Pressure Drop Brewery and Taproom, Tottenham Hale

Pressure Drop brewery in Tottenham Hale holds a special place in our hoppy heart as it is in fact our ‘local’ pub and we can walk there in five mins flat (lucky!). The downside (for us) is that as it is a working brewery, the taproom is only open on Saturdays (2pm to 8pm) – although good things always come to those who wait. The summer months also see their car-park become an alfresco beer garden.

The best brewery taprooms in London | pressure drop

We like Pressure Drop as it is a nice laid back set-up with an excellent array of ever changing beer lines, chilled beats, zero pretension and weekly rotating food offerings (the best has to be Chicken and Gochu – the best Korean fried chicken we’ve had so far in London!).

Pressure Drop is also dog friendly, so much so that one of their recent events offering free beers to dog owners in return for letting them feature your dog on their promotional collateral – everyone’s a winner! A £2.50 refundable deposit is also required for your first beer glass, plus they have a small side shop selling merchandise and an ice cold beer fridge, chock full of cans.

The best brewery taprooms in London | pressure drop

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6. Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Bar, Hackney Wick

The devil is in the detail here at Howling Hops and as the first thing you see as you enter the well lit taproom is the vast brewery tanks situated behind the well appointed bar. We first visited on a Friday afternoon during work hours so whilst the bar wasn’t busy, it was a nice eclectic mix of groups, people reading books, family get togethers and also some very cute dogs.

You can buy drinks by ⅓, ½ or ⅔ pints and the bar staff are always very helpful with their recommendations  – we opted for their House IPA (6.9% ABV) – one of the best (and strongest) IPAs we’ve had in a London brewery – and their Howling Pils.

We also like the fact that the food offering isn’t your usual pub fare with modern Columbian cuisine by Maize Baize (think bandejas and chicken wings with a latin twist).

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7. Exale Brewing and Taproom, E17 – Walthamstow

The newest London brewery opening on our list is part of the burgeoning Walthamstow Beer Mile – Exale Brewery claims to be ‘never dull’ and who are we to disagree? We enjoyed our Exale experience as the taproom set-up is pretty eclectic, set up in a former old furniture warehouse (this might explain why all the chairs are so different). The chap serving behind the bar on our trip was also super-friendly and holding conversations with pretty much every patron. The only downside was that core-range doesn’t really include any darker / stout lines yet – we stuck with the house pale ale, Exale Pale (4.2% ABV).

The best brewery taprooms in London | exhale

Close to Blackhorse Road Tube, you can also combine a trip to Exale with other Walthamstow London breweries or a walk around the nearby Walthamstow Wetlands (because beer always tastes better after a long walk, right?).

8. The Barrel Project, Bermondsey Beer Mile

As soon as you enter the threshold, it is impossible not be taken in by the interior at The Barrel Project (and yep, the beer selection is pretty sweet too). Adorned with several hundred oak barrels used for ageing their wares (so both practical and pretty), this is a nice set-up with a beautiful bar bedecked with turquoise tiles and a huge chalk board menu – quite classy as most taprooms go.

The best brewery taprooms in London | Bermondsey beer mile | The Barrel Project

In addition to the treasure trove of beer taps, we noticed the beer fridges also did a roaring trade, with locals popping in to stock up for the weekend. As well as being open Wednesday through Sunday (check website for opening hours), the other bonus is this taproom also has a food hatch serving dipped’ pork loin steak BBQ dishes – talk about a perfect beer pairing! 

The best brewery taprooms in London | Bermondsey beer mile | The Barrel Project

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9. Camden Town Brewery Beer Hall

One of the newest brewery taprooms in North London and the spiritual home of Hell’s Lager (which you now see on tap in most of London’s pubs), Camden Town Brewery offers brewery tours plus tasters in their taproom. Their new beer hall (located in nearby Kentish Town) has over 20 different beers on tap plus a walk-in fridge and merchandise shop.

A big space with a huge bar (more corporate than quirky), Camden Town Brewery Beer Hall is a welcoming place and beer drinking space which caters for all group sizes and all tastes (given their sheer number of beers on tap) – it also has a small outdoor drinking area too, perfect for summer months. Unlike a lot of breweries in this list, Camden Town Brewery also has a permanent kitchen set-up offering pizza, pasta, salads as well as sirloin steak and a beer hall platter. 

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10. Gipsy Hill Brewing Company

After a afternoon of exploring nearby Crystal Palace and Sydenham Hill one day, we rewarded ourselves with a trip to Gypsy Hill Brewery taproom located at the bottom of Gypsy Hill, next to their production set-up (don’t be surprised if you see piles of kegs or a forklift whizz by). 

You’ll likely recognise Gypsy Hill Brewery for their distinctive can packaging (they really stand out in a crowded supermarket or row of pub taps). The awesome artwork tells the story of each beer and / or the brewers or collaborators that helped make them.

Gipsy Hill Brewing Company Brwery taproom London. Copyright CK Travels

Like all good taprooms, this is based on an industrial estate (their neighbours include London Beer Factory who also have a bar set-up on the same estate), and Gypsy Hill brewery make full use of their outdoor space at the weekends, with the car park bedecked with picnic tables and street food van. We visited one Saturday afternoon and it was nice to such a mix of people – from families with push-chairs, to groups of students or passing cyclists, it was a nice and convivial, atmosphere. Indoors is an industrial but laid-back affair with an ever-busy bar – Gypsy Hill Brewery taproom is a nice set-up and with some damn fine beers to boot!

Gipsy Hill Brewing Company Brwery taproom London. Copyright CK Travels

11. London Calling Sweden, Bermondsey Beer Mile

2021 update: Currently closed for refurbishment

Just up the road from the aforementioned Moor taproom, we love London Calling Sweden, not only for the fun name but the quirky interiors and unique cider range. As the name suggests, the difference here is that their core range is Swedish craft beer Poppels, the number 1 ‘ecological brewery’ (? – no us neither) in Sweden. If you get there early, bag the sofa on the stage, surely the comfiest spot of all the London breweries on the whole of the Bermondsey Beer Mile? Despite being located underneath the railway arches, there is ample room in London Calling Sweden.

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