Under-rated Bermondsey with the win – The ultimate craft beer crawl
While I love all the usual tourist sights and spots in London, as a local I wanted more than that. Good thing I had concierge friends from working in a five star hotel! Not to mention one who was also a true local.
The perfect Saturday was spent in micro breweries, markets, cool pubs, and underground cocktail bars. Even in the brisk February weather this Beer Mile adventure was an unforgettable day!
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not much of a beer drinker, but for certain occasions I’ll order one. This occasion qualified. Plus, we were drinking specialty craft beer and they taste better, right?? I’m about to find out.
Alright, let me take you out on a Saturday afternoon in London with my friends James, Bastien, and Gabi.
We all met at the Bermondsey Station on the Jubilee line, which would kick start our South East journey towards London Bridge.
This hole-in-the-wall micro brewery is literally built under the railway tracks. It has a classic London brick facade and they brew the beer right on site. Order inside and take your beers out to the picnic tables to enjoy them. We had two rounds here and they were delicious. There was also a mini photo shoot in front of the pretty brick walls #sorrynotsorry
Brew By Numbers
A 5 minute walk away, and on the other side or the railway bridge, is the next brewery. BBNO is a little bigger than U Brew and there is more space inside with more tables to hangout around while sipping on your drinks. I loved the decor here that showed off traditional barrels and warm wooden features.
A Locals Advice:
Maltby Street Market
Now I love Borough Market just as much as the next person, but the street food at Maltby Market was TO DIE FOR. It definitely beat Borough in my books, and that’s saying a lot. The Gyoza I had will be ingrained in my mind forever…
To get there, venture another 5 minutes on foot for some food after all those beers. It’s situated on a tight street with a row of bars underneath the tracks, utilizing any possible space. It was nice to warm up in one of the bars after having a bite out on the street. This time we decided on cocktail tasting – It did not disappoint.
The Woolpack Pub
A 10 minute walk up the road, we popped into The Woolpack Pub where they have a ton of picnic tables and heaters out back. It’s a pretty walk with The Shard poking out from the old buildings. It’s a great place to go for a pint with a group and enjoy a lively vibe.
This marked the end of our Beer Mile, but we continued on to other areas to more trendy and hopping cocktail bars. I’ll tell you about these places in the London Edition series to come!
Also, there are so many breweries around this area and the Beer Mile is an actual thing. Google it before you go and find out what other places you can add to your list. See how many you can fit into your day haha!
I hope you enjoyed this quick read!
BYE FOR NOW