London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars
My first book, The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer Pubs and Bars, was published by CAMRA Books on 4 July 2011.
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The book is a comprehensive guide to drinking great beer in London, with listings of over 250 places to drink, information on the growing number of London brewers, brief tasting notes for hundreds of beers readily available in London and background pieces on London’s history, geography and brewing tradition.
Winner of the British Guild of Beer Writers Budweiser Budvar John White award for best travel writing 2011. Read more here.
“Capturing the feel of each pub with vivid descriptions…this book is a necessity if you’re a beer geek heading to London Town” — Beer Advocate
Read my guest blogs at View London:
Ten top contemporary British beers and places in London to drink them.
Ten top London beers and places to drink them.
Ten great places to drink near London 2012 venues.
Jubilee Walkway by pub Part One
Read about my selection of London beers for BEER magazine.
Additions and updates
The beer scene in London is highly dynamic at the moment with frequent new pub, bar and shop openings, many existing venues expanding their ranges and new breweries mushrooming. The guide is being regularly updated to reflected this, with additions appearing as blog entries and a periodic supplement available to download as a PDF.
View updates online
- Places to drink including listings for numerous venues not included in the book.
- Brewers and beers including a comprehensive and regularly updated listing of current and planned london breweries.
Suggestions and feedback
If you know of somewhere you think should be included in these updates or in the next edition of the book, please let me know using the form below. As well as pubs and bars, I’m interested in bottle shops and restaurants with beer lists, and in bottled and specialist keg beers as well as cask. Suggestions will only be considered if they:
- Aren’t already listed in the book or the updates.
- Are in Greater London (that is, the area covered by the GLA and 33 London boroughs. Note this is smaller than the area within the M25, and larger than the London Postal District).
- Offer an interesting range of beer — just being a good, historic and interesting pub isn’t enough to qualify.
Please include the name of the suggested place, and at least the first part of the postcode, or the district of London — a full postcode is ideal.
If you have comments or criticisms about any place included in the book or in the updates, please email me: email@example.com.
Since the guide went to press I’ve found an excellent calendar of beer festivals and other beer-related events throughout the UK, including pub-based festivals, at www.aletalk.co.uk. Below you’ll find the current listings for southeast England including London — I’m grateful to Steven of aletalk for giving me permission to include them here. For more details of beer festivals in other parts of Britain please visit the aletalk site. Please also go to aletalk to report errors or new festivals as I’m not responsible for the contents of the calendar.