London Craft Beer – 4 day itinerary

London Craft Beer – 4 day itinerary

4 Days

London’s craft beer scene is booming, with a whole host of taprooms and brewery tours now open to the public across the capital. This itinerary visits diverse areas of the city, including historic Greenwich and Stratford, and goes behind the scenes at some of the best microbreweries, meeting the brewers who are changing the way Londoners drink.

Getting around

The easiest way to get around London is with a Visitor Oyster Card, a pay as you go smartcard which can be used to pay for all public transport in London. The Oyster Card also provides a 10% discount on Thames Clippers boat services, but for those who want to spend more time exploring the river they might be prefer a hop-on hop-off River Roamer ticket for unlimited rides throughout the day.

Pass products

Many of the attractions listed below are included in the iVenture London Attractions Pass, including Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory, Handel & Hendrix London Museum, ArcelorMittal Orbit (additional fee applies for slide) and HMS Belfast.

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium and the London Dungeon are included in the Merlin London Attractions: 4-in-1-Pass.

Day 1

London's Southbank, boat trip to historic Greenwich & Meantime Brewery Tour

London's Southbank

The morning begins on the vibrant South Bank of the River Thames. The stretch between Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge is home to cultural hubs such as the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre, along with a great choice of bars and restaurants.

Some of London’s most popular attractions are also located here, such as  The London Dungeon which lets visitors experience hundreds of years of London’s dark and gruesome history, and the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in Europe.

Boat trip to historic Greenwich

After exploring the South Bank, we recommend taking a Thames Clippers ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Greenwich. Thames Clippers are fast and frequent (every 20 mins from the London Eye), and a journey along the Thames is also one of the best ways to see London. After a bite to eat in Greenwich Market, or one of the historic riverside pubs such as the Cutty Sark or the Trafalgar Tavern, what better way to stretch one’s legs than to climb the hill in pretty Greenwich Park to the Prime Meridian of the World? At longitude zero, stands the Royal Observatory – commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II and now a museum where visitors can discover everything about the quest to find longitude at sea, in an age long before satellite navigation.

Also worth a visit is the beautiful Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper. Built in 1869 to transport the beloved beverage from China to Britain, she was in service almost 100 years, visiting most of the major ports across the globe. She now sits in a mesmerising glass ‘sea’ beside the River Thames.

For a private guided tour, CityUnscripted has passionate local guides who will take tours off the beaten track to uncover the history, hidden gems and hotspots that visitors don’t normally get to see.

Meantime Brewery Tours

The first day of the itinerary finishes with a visit to the Meantime Brewing Company, which is a short taxi or bus ride (no. 188) from historic Greenwich. One of London’s best-known craft brewers, Meantime, has been brewing in the area since 2000, and offers a comprehensive tour and a tasting of a selection of Meantime beers.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1 –  28 for scheduled tours, 10 – 28 for bespoke tours
Frequency: Scheduled tours:
Monday – Friday: 7pm
Saturday: 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm
Sunday: 12pm, 2pm
Private tours: 5pm Monday – Friday
10am Saturday
4pm Sunday
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
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Day 2

Handel and Hendrix museum, Stratford's Olympic Park & Crate Brewery

Handel & Hendrix London Museum

After a leisurely breakfast, day two begins at the Handel & Hendrix London Museum. Home to the German-born Baroque composer George Frideric Handel from the summer of 1723 until his death at the property in April 1759, and then to legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix from July 1968 to March 1969, this house in the fine district of Mayfair housed two of the most talented artists ever to grace the musical world.

Opened to the public permanently for the first time in early 2016, visitors can stand within the house where many of Handel’s best-known operas were composed and rehearsed, and visit the main room of the upstairs apartment which has been restored to the days of the swinging sixties.

Stratford's Olympic Park

A short walk to Bond Street station will reveal the next destination: Stratford, home to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and some of the best shopping in the capital. Stratford is just 20 mins away on the east-bound Central Line from Bond Street.

Famously designed for the London 2012 Olympic Games by two of the world’s most-renowned modern artists – Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond – the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the best way to see the Olympic Park, perfectly combining awe-inspiring city views with fun and contemporary art. For those who fancy a bit of a thrill ride, there’s also a unique choice for their descent – the world’s longest, fastest and tallest tunnel slide!

CRATE Brewery Tours

Just a stone’s throw away, Westfield Stratford City is the largest urban shopping and leisure destination in Europe. It offers over 250 shops and in excess of 65 restaurants, boasting cuisine from all over the world. Westfield is also home to a 17-screen Vue Cinema, a luxury bowling experience at All Star Lanes and a 24-hour casino.

And what better way to end a shopping spree than with a well-earned beer? Luckily CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria, one of East London’s favourite microbreweries, is only a 20-minute walk or short taxi ride away.

CRATE’s Premium Tasting Tour lasts approximately 2 hrs, and takes a journey through the history of brewing and the story of craft beer and the brewing process. The tour includes sampling all of the ingredients, hearing how CRATE combine them to create their special recipes, and offers tastings of all the brewery’s beers paired with cheeses, meats, olives, pesto, breads and preserves – each one of the highest quality and chosen specifically to complement the beers.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1-15 for scheduled tours, 1-50 for private tours
Frequency: Premium Tasting Tour:
Thursdays 7pm
Saturdays 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm
Regular Tasting Tour: Saturdays 4.30pm
Private tours: Please contact to arrange
FIT or Groups: FIT or groups.
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Website: Crate Brewery Tours

Day 3

HMS Belfast, The Shard & Cheese Meat and Beer tour in Bermondsey

HMS Belfast

Managed by the Imperial War Museum, a visit to the HMS Belfast provides a fascinating insight into what life was like at sea during the Second World War.

The ship’s nine decks contain a wealth of history and tales of combat, from day to day chores such as food preparation in the ship’s galley and the interactive experience in the Operations Room, to the intensity of battle when the ship opened fire in support of Allied troops on D-Day.

A short walk away is London’s most renowned food market – Borough Market. There is nowhere that better represents London as a truly cosmopolitan city, with traditional British produce sitting side by side with regional specialities from around the world. All in all, the market is the ideal place to stop for lunch.

Towering above the market, dominating the skyline, is Western Europe’s tallest building: The Shard. At 310 metres tall, it is nearly twice the height of London’s next tallest viewpoint, providing a spectacular, panoramic view of the city by night or day. On a clear day the view can stretch 40 miles.

Cheese Meat And Beer Tours

The day comes to a close with a guided Cheese, Meat & Beer Tour of the famous ‘Bermondsey Beer Mile’. The tour visits a minimum of three different taprooms from the following list: Southwark Brewing, Anspach & Hobday, Brew by Numbers, UBREW, Hiver, Fourpure and Partizan.

At each stop, a local craft beer will be paired with a tasting of locally sourced meats/cheese from Borough Market’s Cannon & Cannon and Neal’s Yard Dairy, along with an informative talk by the guide on brewing in Bermondsey.

Tour details

Min – Max capacity: 1 – 10
Frequency: Thursday & Friday 6.30pm
Saturday: 11.30amSaturdays 11.30am – 2pm (FIT)
Private tours:

FIT or Groups:

Available Wednesday to Sunday. Please get in touch to make a booking.

FIT or groups.

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Website: Cheese Meat & Beer

Day 4

Hiver Beers and the London Rock Legends Tour

Hiver Beers - The Hiver Experience

The day begins in Kennington, a central London neighbourhood that is home to the Imperial War Museum, The Cinema Museum and the Beefeater’s Gin Distillery. About 10 minutes from Kennington station is Hiver Beers, an urban brewery that is renowned for its honey beer – a beer brewing style that is incredibly traditional in the UK.

The session starts with a short introduction Beekeeping in the city and the equipment and tools commonly used by Beekeepers, and a chance to get a first glimpse inside the hive. Then it’s time to get suited and booted ready for a Hive inspection and the chance to help Hiver’s Beekeeper in handling the frames and checking the health of the brood. After the fun of getting up close and personal with the ‘Ladies’, experience a tutored beer and food matching session before exploring the rest of the Bee Urban centre.

Supplier Information

Name Hiver Beers
Category Activity
Profile Hiver was born out of an admiration for London's urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. We offer a range of experiences including our unique beekeeping and craft beer tasting session.
Phone +44 (0)203 198 9972
Email info@hiverbeers.com
Website http://www.hiverbeers.com/
Min - Max capacity: Max 12 for Hiver Experience Max 20 for Tap room tastings
Frequency: Beekeeping Experiences are available April - September We have scheduled experiences for FIT/Groups can book on Saturdays and Sundays Private group sessions can be booked Monday-Friday by prior arrangement. Tap Room Tastings are currently only available on Saturdays and can be booked by prior arrangement.
Private tours: Yes - please contact us with your requirements
FIT or Groups: FIT or Groups

London Rock Legends Tour

The final stop of the day and the last part of the itinerary is a guided mini-bus tour, that is a must for all music fans.

London is steeped in music history and the London Rock Legends Tour will take visitors to some of the city’s monumental rock landmarks including stars’ homes, recording studios, gig sites, clubs and album cover, video and film locations, as well as the places that inspired the lyrics and the bands. There will also be the chance to walk across that famed Abbey Road crossing!