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The Ultimate Guide to The Bermondsey Beer Mile, London

Fans of craft beer, listen up. For beer-loving Londoners and visitors, the Bermondsey Beer Mile is a must-undertake endeavour, home to some of the best craft breweries and beers in London, the UK and beyond. With breweries, taprooms and bottle shops nestled under the arches along a huge stretch of railway line, it’s arguably London’s best pub crawl.

The beginnings of the Bermondsey Beer Mile date back to 2009, when The Kernel opened the first brewing site in the area. Fast forward to 2023, there are now around 20 beer-serving spots along the mile-and-a-half stretch between Southwark Brewing and Fourpure, regarded as the start and end points of the ‘Beer Mile’.

If you’re looking for a great beer day out in London, here’s how to get the best out of your Bermondsey Beer Mile experience:

How to get to the Bermondsey Beer Mile

There are two routes you can take if you’re planning to do the Beer Mile from end to end. Personally, my preferred route is from west to east, with the starting point of Southwark Brewing being about equal distance from either London Bridge (Northern Line, Jubilee line from West, National Rail) or Bermondsey (Jubilee line from East).

If you want to start off at FourPure or Small Beer Brew Co and work your way up, South Bermondsey (National Rail), Surrey Quays (London Overground) and Bermondsey (Jubilee) would be your starting point.

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When to visit the Bermondsey Beer Mile

Unsurprisingly, Saturday is the day where most drinking spots are open longest, making it the most popular day to head to Bermondsey. If you want to have a quieter time, though, plenty of the breweries are open on weekday evenings and Sundays, but with reduced hours.

General tips for the Bermondsey Beer Mile

Before we dig into the full list of breweries and bars along the Bermondsey Beer Mile, some tips to get the best out of your day drinking expedition….

  • Take it easy! If you want to try lots of beers from different breweries (which is kinda the point!), opt for 1/3 and 2/3 glasses rather than a full pint at
  • Make sure you eat! See below for some tips on the best places to eat along the beer mile.
  • Take notice of opening and closing times – while most taprooms and bars will be open for the majority of Saturday afternoon and evening, check the opening times if there’s somewhere specific you’d like to visit.
  • Most venues are dog-friendly, especially those with outdoor seating – but if you’re aiming for a specific taproom, check their website first.
  • Most venues allow accompanied under 18s during the day – but again, best to check with any individual breweries before you go.

Breweries and Taprooms of the Bermondsey Beer Mile

Strap in, this is going to be a long list. The Beer Mile has around 20 taprooms to drop into, so enjoy a little snippet of what each and every one is about!

[list up-to-date as of 2/1/24]

Southwark Brewing Company

The first stop for many on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, Southwark Brewing Company’s tagline is ‘Modern recipes. Traditionally brewed.’ With a strong sense of tradition brought into the modern age, Southwark Brewing offer an impressive range of cask beers, from easy drinking pale ale to traditional porter and bitter.

46 Druid Street, London, SE1 2EZ

Opening times: Tue, Thu, & Fri 5-10pm; Sat 12-7pm; Sun 1-5pm

Food? None – but you’re welcome to bring your own, which is easy with Maltby Street Market just around the corner.

Brewery on site: Yes

Website: https://www.southwarkbrewing.co.uk/
Bookings: For outside tables only, here.

London Beer Factory – The Barrel Project

Since opening in 2014, London Beer Factory has made a name for itself for its fun, flavourful approach to brewing. The Barrel Project opened in 2018, and as well as having ample space for lots of guests, it serves as a creative spot for experimentation, particularly with fermentation. 24 taps serve up London Beer Factory

80 Druid St, London SE1 2HQ
Opening times: Wed-Fri 4pm – 11pm; Sat 11am – 11pm; Sun 12pm – 7pm
Food? Burgers.
Website: https://www.thebarrelproject.co.uk/
Bookings: Via website.

Billy Frank’s Craft Beer & Snack Shack

If you’re a few pints in and fancy a snack, drop by Billy Frank’s for award winning jerky, with beers to match. It’s not a brewery, but their fridges are filled with cans and bottles to perfectly compliment their acclaimed bar snack range. Limited tables are available if you want to enjoy your drink and nibbles on-site, or if you’re just after something to go, the bottle shop has extended opening hours for takeaway only.

104 Druid Street, London, SE1 2HQ
Opening times (drink-in): Fri: 5pm – 10pm; Sat 12pm – 10pm; Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Opening times (bottle shop takeaway): Tue – Thu: 12.00 – 6pm (knock on the door for service), Fri 12pm – 10pm, Sat 11am – 10pm; Sun 11pm – 6pm.
Website: https://billyfranks.co.uk/

Hiver

A ‘buzzing’ little spot (sorry, not sorry) along the Beer Mile offering up Hiver’s fresh and naturally brewed honey beers. The honey is an integral part of Hiver’s brewing process, and their core range includes Blonde and Amber beers alongside a Session IPA. All honey used by Hiver is bought from independent British beekeepers, and sustainability is baked into the company’s core ethos. For those interested in how beekeeping and brewing work together, they also offer Hiver Experiences.

56 Stanworth St, London SE1 3NY
Opening times: Sat 11-7pm; Sun 12-5pm
Website: https://hiverbeers.com/taproom/
Bookings:
Via website.

Anspach & Hobday

One of Bermondsey Beer Mile’s long-standing stalwarts since late 2013, Anspach and Hobday’s Arch House Taproom offers twelve delicious beers on tap. While the main brewing operations are now based in Croydon, there’s usually something exciting to try, including guest pours and fun collaborations.

118 Druid Street, London SE1 2HH
Opening times: Thu 5 – 10pm; Fri 2 – 10pm; Sat 11am – 10pm; Sun 12-6pm
Website: https://www.anspachandhobday.com/the-archhouse
Bookings:
Via website.

It Ain’t Much If It Ain’t Dutch

A recently opened new addition to the Beer Mile offering a variety of Dutch beers including IPA, sour, stout. The space is relatively bare bones at the moment, but they’re beginning to introduce more elements to enhance the Dutch experience, including snacks and spirits.

67 Enid Street, London SE1 2HH
Opening times: Thu 5-10pm; Fri 3-10.30pm; Sat 12-10.30pm; Sun 12-9pm
Website: https://www.anspachandhobday.com/the-archhouse
Bookings:
Via website.

London City Runners

Find yourself thinking you should probably take up running to counteract all those beer tastings? The largest free-to-join independent running club in London is based right at the heart of Bermondsey’s Beer Mile. The London City Runners Clubhouse is open to the general public during their standard operating hours, operated by club volunteers. Behind the bar, you’ll find a variety of local and international beers, as well as takeaway coffee and soft drinks. If you want to catch the running bug, it’s the ideal place to stop for advice and run chat over a pint.

130 Druid Street, London, SE1 2HH
Opening times: Tue 6-10.30pm; Thu 6-10.30pm; Sat 2-10.30pm; Sun 10am-2pm
Website: https://www.londoncityrunners.com/clubhouse

Moor Beer Vaults

At the heart of this Bristol-based brewery is a a simple philosophy of creating live, natural and vegan friendly beers. Combine great beers with the perfect tagline – ‘Drink Moor Beer’ – and it makes sense that Moor Beer have gone from strength to strength since its 2007 rebirth. The Moor Beer Vaults is a taproom and barrel store, offering two floors of seating to enjoy a selection of Moor offerings, plus guest pours, and occasional live music.

71 Enid St, London, SE16 3RA
Opening times: Thu 2-10pm; Fri & Sat 12-10.30pm; Sun 2-8pm
Website: https://www.moorbeer.co.uk/vaults
Bookings: Enquiry form on website

Gosnells Taproom

The London Mead Mile doesn’t exist, but the ‘nectar of the gods’ does have a presence in Bermondsey, thanks to South London mead-makers Gosnells setting up shop here. With exclusive drinks that can only be found at the taproom, this cosy little arch offers up something a bit different along the Beer Mile. If you’re new to mead and want to try as much as possible, you can book a tasting flight experience for £12.50pp.

72 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Opening times: Wed-Fri 4-10.30pm; Sat & Sun 12-10.30pm
Website: https://www.gosnells.co.uk/pages/gosnells-meadery-taproom
Bookings: Enquiry form on website

Cloudwater

One of Bermondsey Beer Mile’s best-known spots, Manchester-based brewery Cloudwater set up shop on Enid Street in 2018. 20 draft taps are home to core beers, fresh releases and barrel-aged beers, all direct-drawn from a 5ºC cold store right next to the bar.

73 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Opening times: Tue & Wed 4-8pm; Thu & Fri 4-10pm; Sat 1-10pm; Sun 2-8pm
Website: https://cloudwaterbrew.co/location-enid-st
Bookings: None – first come first served.

Bianca Road Brewery

Bianca Road is committed to producing beer in the most sustainable ways possible, including using renewable energy sources, sending waste product to be broken down for electricity and biofertilizer, and avoiding the use of plastic. With a creative mindset and drawing inspiration from all around the world, their brews are best enjoyed in the sizeable taproom, where their core range and seasonal specials will be available in draft and can varieties.

83 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Opening times: Tue – Thu 4-10pm; Fri 4-11pm; Sat 12-11pm; Sun 1-6pm
Brewery on site: Yes
Website: https://biancaroad.com/pages/visit-us  

Enid Street Tavern

An expansion from the original Bianca Street Brewing taproom, the Enid Street Tavern serves a rotating selection of beers from other breweries that they’ve collaborated with, announced each week on Wednesday.

83 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Opening times: Tue – Thu 4-10pm; Fri 4-11pm; Sat 12-11pm; Sun 1-6pm
Website: https://biancaroad.com/pages/visit-us  

Craft Beer Junction

Craft Beer Junction’s main selling point is their American craft beer, imported via air freight from smaller breweries to minimise the time between production and the beer reaching your glass. The bottle shop has an ever-changing range of from America’s new & upcoming breweries, as well as some American and more local ales on tap to try.

86 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Opening times: Thu 4.30-10.30pm; Fri 4.30-11pm; Sat 2-11pm; Sun 2-9pm
Website: https://www.craftbeerjunction.co.uk/

Mash Paddle Brewery

Mash Paddle Brewery was established to give new and would-be brewers the opportunity to access equipment and the space to brew, through a membership scheme. They also run occasional one-off experiences and classes. For the casual drinker, the taproom here offers the chance to try some of the beers made on site, as well as a selection of guest pours. Friday nights are live music nights, showcasing local talent.

92 Enid St, London SE16 3RA
Opening times: Mon-Wed 12-7pm; Thu 12-10pm; Fri & Sat 12-11pm; Sun 12-7pm
Food: Saturdays only – The Flow Pizza
Brewery on site: Yes
Website: https://www.mashpaddlebrewery.com/the-taproom/

The Kernel Brewery

Where it all started – Kernel Brewery was the first brewery to set up shop on Druid Street in 2009, and is one of the original London craft beer leaders of the pack. Founder Evin O’Riordan is one of the most respected names in London’s brewing scene. Their Arch 11 taproom opened in 2019, and is now an essential stop-off along the Bermondsey Beer Mile, serving a a wide range of styles from table beer and IPA to porter and pilsner.

Arch 11, Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Rd, London SE16 3SF
Opening times: Wed-Fri 3-10pm; Sat 11-9pm; Sun 12-8pm
Brewery on site: Yes
Website: https://www.thekernelbrewery.com/tap.php
Bookings: via website for tables of 4+ – no bookings taken on Saturdays

Battersea Brewing Substation

An outpost for Battersea Brewery sits along the Beer Mile, in a space formerly occupied by Spartan Brewery’s taproom. A little more rough and ready than the shiny main taproom site in their brewing home of Battersea, but worth a visit to try out some of their beers.

8 Almond Road, London SE16 3LR
Opening times: Fri 4-11pm; Sat 12-11pm
Website: https://batterseabrew.co.uk/
Bookings: n/a

The Outpost – Three Hills Brewing

A literal ‘outpost’ for this Northamptonshire Brewery in the railway arches of Bermondsey, where you can try limited one-off brews made on site, as well as their core range. With 20 taps of tank-fresh beer and cosy seating, it’s no surprise that The Outpost is often packed out with beer lovers. They also have live music on Thursdays and Fridays.

Arch 7, Almond Road, Bermondsey, SE16 3LR
Opening times: Thu 5-11pm;Fri 4-11pm; Sat 1-11pm; Sun & Bank Hols 12-5pm

Brewery on site: Yes
Website: https://www.threehillsbrewing.com/
Bookings: only for large groups of 10+

Eebria Taproom

Eebria don’t brew their own beers. They leave that to the professionals, then serve up their favourites on rotation at their aesthetically pleasing taproom with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. If there isn’t enough choice for you across the eight beer taps, there are plenty of cans and bottles in their fridges to take your pick from. They’re only open on Saturday afternoons, though, so if you want to drop by, make sure you time your visit well.

Arch 15, Almond Road, Bermondsey, SE16 3LR
Opening times: Sat 1-7pm
Website: https://www.eebria.com/taproom
Bookings: via TableAgent

Fourpure Brewing Co

The final stop for many on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, and by far the biggest. FourPure’s brewery sits at the middle of an industrial estate which will probably make you question the directions Google Maps is giving you. Turns out, they need the space for their enormous tanks and two stories of indoor seating. Completely different to the numerous railway arches you’ll encounter on the Beer Mile, it’s a great place for larger groups to convene and enjoy Fourpure’s full range.

25 Bermondsey Trading Estate, London, SE16 3LL
Opening times: Thu 4-8pm;Fri 4-10pm; Sat 12-10pm; Sun 7-9pm
Food: Pizza from The Fat Crust
Brewery on site: Yes
Website: https://www.fourpure.com/pages/taproom-se16
Bookings: via website

Low ABV Beer: Small Brew Beer Co

Although not always considered part of the official Bermondsey Beer Mile, Small Brew Beer Co is less than ten minutes walk from Fourpure. The USP here is lower alcohol beers with full flavours – everything they brew is 2.8% ABV or under. London’s first B-Corp brewery uses specialist equipment, and are invigorating the low ABV category with their innovative creations. If you’re doing the South to North route along the beer mile, it’s a great way to ease yourself in with a lighter brew.

70-72 Verney Road, London, SE16 3DH
Opening times: Wed-Fri 4-10pm; Sat 12-10pm
Food: Order from Growth Kitchen
Brewery on site: Yes
Website: https://theoriginalsmallbeer.com/pages/taproom

Not Beer: KANPAI Sake Brewery and Taproom

The UK’s first sake brewery, KANPAI create modern British sake using traditional Japanese techniques. Their 10 taps serve up a range of sake, some brewed on-site and some from guest sake brewers from around the world. They also serve Japanese food from KANPAI Kitchen.

48 Druid Street, London, SE1 2EZ
Website: https://kanpai.london/visit

The Doodle Bar

Alongside the numerous breweries and taprooms the Bermondsey Beer Mile has to offer, you’ll also stumble across a few standalone bars, including the Doodle Bar. Its namesake is the two floor-to-ceiling chalkboards that stretch across the bar area, and patrons can grab a chalk and get arty while they sip on a bottle of Delirium, pint of easy-drinking ale, or even a punchy margarita.

60 Druid Street, London, SE1 2EZ
Food? Burgers (£12) and fries (£4.50)
Website: https://www.thedoodlebar.com/
Bookings: Via email.

What to eat on the Bermondsey Beer Mile

You’ll definitely want to keep your stomach lined for the Beer Mile, and luckily there are plenty of options for food and drink throughout your journey.

A few of the taprooms have dedicated small kitchens serving up filling street food, and on Saturdays, you’ll usually find plenty of street vendors dotted around serving hungry drinkers. Most taprooms that don’t have food available will be happy for you to

Maltby Street Market is a popular spot to grab a bite to eat at the beginning of your Beer Mile adventure, with a range of traders operating along what’s known as the ‘Ropewalk’. Stalls cover a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, so you’ll definitely find something that suits. The market is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – however, not all traders may be present on Fridays and Sundays.

Website: https://www.maltbystreetmarket.co.uk/

Bone Daddies is a popular spot for grabbing a quick and filling ramen bowl.

Website: https://bonedaddies.com/location/bermondsey/

Ong Ong Buns bring East and South East Asian baked goods to South London, including their much-loved BBQ Pork buns, Korean Garlic bread, and Pandan and Coconut cakes. They sell fast, so pre-order to avoid missing out.

Summary

The Bermondsey Beer Mile is a great day out for fans of craft beer in London, easily accessible via underground and overground routes. With plenty of taprooms to try out, you might not make it through every venue in the space of a day. But that’s just an excuse to come back and do it again, right?

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