Melissa Cole, beer writer and author of ‘Let Me Tell You About Beer’, picks her top five London bars and pubs.
1. The Rake, Borough Market
Despite not being anywhere near where I live, this is probably my local; plus if you stay long enough most of the industry comes to you and you get to drink amazing beer whilst you’re networking (that’s my story for why I’m there so much and I’m sticking to it!).
2. The Bull, Highgate
Having seen this pub go from a graffiti-covered wreck ruined by squatters, to a lovingly restored local with a microbrewery in the back, it’s a pub I’d give my front teeth to have in my neck of the woods.
3. Camden Town Brewery Tap, Kentish Town West
London’s booming brewing scene means brewery taps are back and Camden has taken a leaf out of the US’s book on how to do it well. With food trucks and exclusive beers only available at the bar, it’s great fun for beer geeks and casual drinkers alike.
4. The Harp, Covent Garden
This is simply an iconic real ale pub in the centre of town. It always has amazing customer service and tonnes of characterful customers. It’s London encapsulated in a pub.
5. Powder Keg Diplomacy, Clapham
Great beer and food offerings, gloriously avant garde decor and great cocktails for anyone not of the beer persuasion. The staff are always immensely friendly and knowledgeable – it’s a bar I find incredibly hard to leave!
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