Fred's Top Picks

My 'Top Picks' are those pubs I always make an effort to visit when I am in London. I have a slight bias towards British cask beers because they are hard for me to find at home, but I don't limit myself to that. There are a few 'sentimental favorites' in my list but I think you will enjoy them.

Fred lives in Los Angeles but travels often to London. You can follow him on twitter as @fredwaltman or read his twitter feed below

Note that we regularly update what constitutes a top pick so places can be relegated from the list if their beer range dips or there are other significant changes.


Superb specialist beer pub, one of the top destinations in town.


The first and best Craft Beer Co pub. An excellent pub with 37 cask and keg beers.


Euston Tap A Jezza top pick A Fred top pick  Dog Friendly

Serious modern beer bar with a great selection of beer.


Exmouth Arms A Jezza top pick A Fred top pick  Full menu WiFi available

Sister pub to Black Heart with an increasingly impressive range of beer.


Wonderful pub selling beers and ciders from small UK independent breweries.


The Antelope (KT6) A Jezza top pick A Fred top pick  Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub. New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly

Smart but comfy sister pub to the Sussex Arms.


The Porterhouse A Fred top pick  Full menu Live Music WiFi available

London tap room of the Irish Brewery.


Honorable Mention

These are pubs I very much enjoyed but they are just a hair below the level of a "Top Pick" or I need another visit or two to confirm that they are worth a "Top Pick."

Brew by Numbers  A Jezza top pick  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours

Excellent brewery tap in a railway arch in the heart of Bermondsey.


The third Craft Beer Co pub in London, 5 minutes' walk from Angel tube.


Finborough Arms  Fred Honorable Mention Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014 Dog Friendly

Bright and airy pub under a theatre.


Fourpure Brewing Co  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewery tap, may have limited hours Dog Friendly

Smart and spacious brewery tap in South Bermondsey.


Hack and Hop  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014

Smart but comfortable sister pub to Old Red Cow and Dean Swift.


The Harp A Jezza top pick  Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers

One of the best pubs in London, now lovingly cared for by Fullers.


Harrild and Sons  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers New entry in the Guide in 2014

Sister pub to Well & Bucket, Exmouth Arms, etc, with a stunning bottled beer list.


Old Fountain  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub.

Traditional old boozer just off City Road, now with it's own brewery. Just 2 mins from Old Street tube.


Another excellent Bermondsey brewery in a railway arch.


Pelt Trader  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention WiFi available

Sister pub to Euston Tap and Holborn Whippet, and of similar high quality.


The Queen's Head  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Live Music WiFi available Regularly has London brewed beers

Lovely traditional pub, comfortable and oozing atmosphere.


Modern style beer bar in a beautifully restored old bar with great character.


Wenlock Arms  Fred Honorable Mention Regularly has London brewed beers Brewpub.

A famous old boozer, now a fully fledged brewpub.


The White Horse  Jezza Honourable Mention Fred Honorable Mention Full menu Dog Friendly

Classic pub right on Parsons Green.


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