The best London pubs for beer revealed with two Wetherspoons occupying the top spots

Shorter days equate to more time in pubs.

There’s just no struggle: someone will ask if you feel like a drink after work, and it’s downright impossible to say no.

And on a weekend, is there anything more tempting than a nice pub roast and a good draft beer?

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But even though we all love a pub, it can be really hard to know where to go for the perfect beer.

Fortunately, the experts at Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have selected the best pubs for us.

They have published Good Beer Guide 2022 and it includes a large number of pubs in London.

CAMRA’s experts have gone to every corner of our amazing city to find the best pints from Croydon to Cockfosters so you know exactly where to go.

The Botwell Inn has a large selection of beers

And perhaps surprisingly, two Wetherspoons pubs have made the cut for the quality of their true ale.

The Botwell Inn in Hayes is one of them.

CAMRA members checked the quality of their real ales, customer service, decor and atmosphere.

The pub has been open since 2000 and has a terrace with parasols and heaters as well as several changing beers.

TripAdvisor reviewers praise all the “great atmosphere” at the pub with one who especially says “Friendly smiles and best beer garden in the area. It will honestly be your loss if you do not come here.”

The Tichenham Inn in Ickenham is the second Wetherspoons named by CAMRA as one of the best.

The Tichenham Inn was praised for its “strong local following”

Lily Capillo, the manager of the inn, said: “I am delighted that The Tichenham Inn has been recognized for the quality of its true ales by CAMRA members.

“We offer our customers an excellent selection of real ales at all times, including those from regional brewers and microbreweries, as well as hosts for our own beer festivals.

“The staff at the pub work hard to ensure that the right ales on offer are kept in prime condition at all times, and the pub’s inclusion in the guide underscores this.”

The Good Beer Guide described the inn as a “small and friendly Wetherspoon pub with a strong local following”.

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One reviewer said it is “a really local pub, with good beer”.

Regarding the inclusion of the two pubs in the Good Beer Guide, a CAMRA spokesman said: “The pubs deserve their place in the Good Beer Guide 2022.

“It is our belief that if a licensee serves an excellent pint of real ale, then everything else in the pub, including customer service, food quality and atmosphere, is likely to be of an equally high standard.”

But if Wetherspoons pubs are not your cup of tea, there are countless others listed in the guide.

One of them is the Old Bank of England.

As the name suggests, the Class II listed building really housed the Bank of England until 1975.

Now it has an island bar, murals and lots of chandeliers.

According to previous guests, the pub has a “good mood” and a “magical atmosphere”.

And on top of that, they say the beer is “excellent” and “kept extremely well”.

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