London’s Best Beer, Pubs and Bars
LATEST: Details of the Porters, Peers and Pilgrims London brewery heritage walks in August 2016.
Best beer and travel writing 2015 — British Guild of Beer Writers Gold Award
The fully revised, updated and improved 2nd edition of my award-winning book, The CAMRA Guide to London’s Best Beer Pubs and Bars, was published by CAMRA Books on 2 July 2015.
“Probably the best book about beer in London” — Londonist
“A joy to read and will be my constant companion” — Roger Protz
“If you live in London and like beer, get a copy” — Boak & Bailey
“Meticulously researched and open-minded” — Independent
“A detailed and accessible treasure-chest of information” — Jeff Evans
“Rarely does a book appear that stands so much above other books as this guide” — PINT Magazine
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London is once again one of the best beer cities in the world, and London’s Best Beer sets out to provide the complete and indispensable guide to its beery treasures. Historically a brewing colossus and long renowned for its great pubs, this great city has in a matter of years reclaimed its status as a world class centre for making beer as well as drinking it. The book directs both the beer beginner and the connoisseur to the best places in which to experience London’s miraculous local beer renaissance alongside brewing excellence from the rest of the UK and, indeed, the world. Importantly, it also details London’s growing band of brewers and sets the contemporary beer scene in the context of the city’s rich culture, history and brewing heritage.
Events, signings and tastings 2015-16
Full details including ticketing information on the Facebook events page.
- 6 August 2016 Porters Peers and Pilgrims walk from Old Street for London Beer City
- 12 August 2016 London beer tasting and book signing at Great British Beer Festival
- 14 August 2016 Porters Peers and Pilgrims walk from Old Street for London Beer City
- 25 June 2015 Official launch, signing and London beer tasting at Blackwells Bookshop, Holborn
- 3 July 2015 Signing at Truman’s Brewery yard party
- 8 July 2015 Signing and London beer tasting at Chelmsford Summer Beer and Cider Festival
- 9 July 2015 Signing at Ealing Beer Festival
- 11 July 2015 London brewers tap takeover signing at the Cock Tavern
- 12 July 2015 Berliner Weiss-Off sour beer festival signing at Mother Kellys
- 26 July 2015 Food and beer safari and signings at Borough Market Food Meets Beer Festival
- 9 August 2015 Porters Peers and Pilgrims walk from Old Street for London Beer City
- 12 August 2015 Signing at Great British Beer Festival
- 13 August 2015 Signing and London beer tasting at Great British Beer Festival
- 11 September 2015 Beer tasting and signing at Ludlow Food Festival
- 13 September 2015 Beer tasting and signing at Green Man Welsh Beer Festival, London
- 2 December 2015 Signing at Pigs Ear Beer Festival, London
- 26 February 2016 Talk and signing at Craft Beer Rising, London
- 3 March 2016 Signings at London Drinker Beer Festival
- 24 April 2016 Signing at Zythos Bierfestival, Leuven
More about the book
This fully illustrated full colour volume includes:
- 260 detailed listings of recommended places to drink and buy beer, including specialist pubs and bars, brewpubs, brewery taprooms and bottle shops, with over 100 additional ‘try also’ mentions
- a complete directory of over 70 London breweries plus non-brewing beer firms with brief notes on beer ranges, plus selected brewer interviews and extended features on key producers
- London beer styles guide with recommendations and tasting notes
- Background notes on the history and heritage of London brewing
- Extensive maps and transport details
The beer scene in London has changed so much since the first edition of this book was published in July 2011 that this edition is pretty much an entirely new book. Of the 252 places to drink listed in 2011, only 100 are still listed in 2015, some of these under different names and/or new management; all have been revisited and their details checked and revised. Everything else has been heavily revised or rewitten afresh, with much new material, so if you bought the first book, I strongly recommend you upgrade to this one!
“Probably the best book about beer in London…This is not merely a guide on where to drink, it’s a guide on how to, and why Londoners drink like they do.” — Will Noble, Londonist. Read full review.
“A superb book, beautifully designed…The book is a joy to read and will be my constant companion on visits to the capital.” — Roger Protz, Publican’s Morning Advertiser. Read full review.
“More than just a list…packed full of interesting essays…If you live in London and like beer, you should certainly get a copy.” — Boak & Bailey’s Beer Blog. Read full review.
“There’s a lot of good beer to be found [in London], particularly if you’ve got something as meticulously researched and open-minded as de Moor’s new book to hand.” — Will Hawkes, Independent. Read full article.
“A thorough and considerate job…delivering a detailed and accessible treasure-chest of information that is far more than just a list of places to drink…impressively designed to pack in a wealth of detail without bamboozling the reader.” — Jeff Evans, Inside Beer. Read full review.
“I don’t believe a more comprehensive and easy to use guide has ever been written for any city on any subject anywhere. In short, this guide definitely raises the…what’s the word?” — Alec Latham, Mostly about beer. Read full review.
“Rarely does a book appear that stands out so much above other books as [this guide]…I travel to London every year and I thought I knew what was happening on its beer scene. Apparently not. But now I do, thanks to Des de Moor’s new book.” — Theo Flissebaalje, PINT Magazine (Netherlands).
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Additions and updates
All books of this kind go out of date the moment they’re published and to help keep the guide as current as possible, I’m once again issuing periodic updates as downloadable PDFs.
Download the March 2016 update here including reviews of numerous newly-opened places to drink, new brewery details and corrections The next update will be published in time for London Beer City and the Great British Beer Festival in August 2016.
See also my London brewers page which is regularly updated.
You can help by suggesting additional places to drink, along with any other comments and feedback you might have. Please read my guidance notes (PDF download) before making suggestions. You can use the online form below or if you have problems include the required information in an email to email@example.com.
Festivals and events
See below for a regularly updated guide to beer events and festivals in London and southeast England courtesy of Steven at www.aletalk.co.uk. Please also go to aletalk to report errors or new festivals as I’m not responsible for the contents of the calendar.
About the first edition
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.
More about revisiting London’s Best Beer (June 2014)