7 London Taprooms For A Socially Distanced Pint

7 London Taprooms For A Socially Distanced Pint


The reopening of pubs grabbed the headlines, but it’s their close cousin the taproom that’s really worth getting excited about. With lots of space – inside and out – these underrated venues look well set up for the new era of social distancing. They also happen to serve some of the finest and freshest beer in the city. Put these outstanding examples on your radar now…

Truman’s Social Club, Walthamstow

As a direct response to the need for social distancing, Truman’s Beer has opened its Social Club. On a spacious site in E17, you’ll find a taproom and beer garden, as well as an array of street food vendors. There’s plenty of room to hang out and enjoy a crisp pint safely. Bookings only, so reserve a table online before you travel.
Visit TrumansBeer.co.uk


Brick Brewery, Peckham Rye

In a railway arch next to Peckham Rye station, Brick Brewery takes inspiration from around the world to create bold, aromatic beers. As of last weekend, its excellent range can once again be explored in the brewery’s on-site taproom, which offers outdoor seating in two courtyards and is open weekday evenings (except Monday) and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Visit BrickBrewery.co.uk


Beavertown Brewery, Tottenham Hale

Beavertown is now opening its taproom on Saturdays and some Sundays. And there’s no better place to enjoy freshly pulled versions of much-acclaimed brews like Gamma Ray and Neck Oil. Outdoor tables are suitably distanced, with table service also part of the new normal.
Visit BeavertownBrewery.co.uk

Howling Hops, Hackney Wick

Howling Hops is once again serving the fresh stuff to punters in its Tank Bar, which opens every day at noon. It’s not taking reservations, but on arrival you’ll be given a table from where you can place orders via a QR code. If the place is at capacity when you arrive, it’s a one-in-one-out system. This one’s pale ales are worth any wait.
Visit HowlingHops.co.uk


Camden Town Brewery, Camden

After a few dry months, Camden Hells Lager can once again be supped at source. On the site of its brewery in you-know-where, Camden has laid on a pop-up beer garden, which opens each weekend for fans to enjoy its brews alongside some home-cooked BBQ dishes. Book online to secure your seat.
Visit CamdenTownBrewery.com


Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick

Since it opened in 2012, Crate has established itself as a destination brewery and canal-side bar. Its long run of taps shows off Crate’s own, often experimental offerings, alongside some outstanding craft beers from around the world – and pizzas made from scratch on site. Book ahead for a table inside or, if you’d rather sit by the water, just turn up and wait for a spot.
Visit CrateBrewery.com


Fourpure, Bermondsey

When Fourpure opened its Basecamp taproom in Bermondsey last year, it immediately became London’s largest. It’s not reopened just yet, but when it does, it promises to be a comfortable venue for a socially distanced pint. There’s outdoor space and, if it’s anything like it was before, you’ll also have more than 40 taps to choose from. In the meantime, a couple of its smaller brothers on the ‘Bermondsey beer mile’ have reopened (London Beer Factory, Bianca Road) but crawling between the two is not yet encouraged.
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