HAVE A PINT!
You don’t need to travel to Germany’s Oktoberfest to experience the best brews. Thanks to the craft beer movement, the capital is now home to more independent breweries, tap rooms and beer events than you can shake an empty pint glass at. From the refreshingly crisp finish of a Camden Hells, to the black velvety allure of a Crate Stout, this city produces some wonderful beers, so why not head straight to the source? With so many complex beers to choose from, people often overlook a simple lager. But at Camden Town Brewery (55-59 Wilkin St Mews, NW5 3NN), the much-maligned beer gets a lot of love. Full flavoured, well-balanced and moreish, Camden Hells is the king of lagers. Head here to see how it is made, plus enjoy street food on Thursday-Saturday nights.
Hackney Wick in east London is not only home to the highest concentration of art studios in Europe, but two of the capital’s best breweries: Crate (7 The White Building, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN) and Howling Hops (Unit 9a, Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, E9 5EN; above). Inside Crate, you can eat stone-baked pizzas while looking out over the canal. At Howling Hops, you can sip from the UK’s first tank bar, featuring tanks serving 10 different beers. Near London Bridge, you’ll find a delicious concentration of microbreweries in Bermondsey, or ‘Beermondsey’ as it’s come to be known, including Anspach & Hobday (118 Druid St, SE1 2HH). If you’re there between 9am-2pm on a Saturday, pop into The Kernel (Arch 11, Dockley Rd Industrial Estate, SE16 3SF), the area’s original brewery and still regarded as the best. Due to overwhelming demand, you can no longer drink on site but you can buy bottles to take away as a tasty London souvenir.