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Find out all you need to know about London’s top craft beer walk – The Bermondsey Beer Mile. The beer mile in Bermondsey is perfect for craft beer enthusiasts or for those looking for something a bit different to do in London with friends.
Bermondsey Beer Mile 2020 – London’s Top Craft Beer Walk
What is the Bermondsey Beer Mile?
Located in Druid Street, Southwark, near London Bridge, the Bermondsey Beer Mile is a hotspot for craft breweries and taprooms. Now stretching closer to 2 miles as opposed to one, the famous walk is situated in the arches of the SE1 railway bridge which runs above.
The history of the Bermondsey Beer Mile states it started in 2009, with The Kernal being the first to open its doors.
Today, it is a collection of 17 craft breweries, gin rooms and beer shops, making it the perfect way to spend a beer-filled afternoon in London with friends.
The Bermondsey beer mile is not intended to be a brash, loud beer crawl. It has been created to showcase and support the local craft businesses of the area.
When is the best time to visit the Bermondsey Beer Mile?
The best time to visit is on a weekend when all the breweries and taprooms open their doors for visitors. The majority of the bars open around 12 pm and close between 6-8 pm (the majority 6 pm on a Sunday).
On a Friday evening, the Southwark bars open around from around 5 pm – 9 pm (not all of the breweries open on a Friday).
The majority are closed between Monday – Thursday.
The beer mile in Bermondsey is open all year round due to most locations having both indoor and outdoor seating. Personally, I think it is best to visit on a warm day in the Spring or Summer to really soak up the atmosphere of London in the sun.
Are the Southwark bars currently open? 2020
Yes, the Bermondsey Beer Mile is currently open – post lockdown. I visited late July and the majority of the breweries had opened up again, however, to ensure safety and social distancing some were booking only – which is something to bear in mind if there is a particular taproom you want to visit.
All of the breweries we visited in late July were complying well to social distancing measures with table service only and some even having ordering via app to ensure minimal contact.
Where to start the Bermondsey Beer Mile
The most common place to start is at the end closest to London Bridge, by starting here your first stop will be the Southwark Brewing Company on Druid Street.
The start is roughly a 10-15 minute walk from London Bridge Station, the walk will also take you past Tower Bridge. If you are looking to visit all the breweries along the walk, you will need to start closer to 12 pm when everything starts to open.
This route will end at Fourpure Brewery, a 7-minute walk from South Bermondsey train station. Fourpure closes at 8 pm, giving you a full 8 hours to cover the 17 different stops.
Alternatively, you can start at Fourpure Brewery and end at the Southwark Brewing Company by doing this you will end closer to London Bridge. However, be aware of the Southwark Brewing Company closing at 6 pm, meaning you have 2 fewer hours to cover the route.
Best places to eat along or near the Bermondsey Beer Mile
To make the London beer mile that little bit more pleasurable you are going to want to eat good food along the way. Luckily, you have a few options.
The most popular stop along the route is the Maltby St food Market. It is relatively small but is a collection of different street food trucks and artisan food stalls, there is also a small wine bar located on Maltby Street as well.
Aside from Maltby Street, there is the Marquis of Wellington pub on Druid Street, opposite the Anspach and Hobday Taproom. Here they serve more alcohol alongside fresh stonebaked pizzas which you can enjoy in the beer garden.
Other notable stops for food along the archways include a fresh bakery selling fresh cakes as well as a steak and chips street food style stop.
If you are starting (or ending) your beer trail at London Bridge, there is the famous Borough Market or Vinegar Yard where you will find plenty of choice for food (and more beer!). Another favourite of mine in this area is Flat Iron Square.
Breweries along the Bermondsey Beer Mile
For the purpose of this post, the breweries listed below are in order from the starting point of London Bridge.
Southwark Brewing Company
46 Druid Street, SE1 2EZ. Open 7-10pm (Tue), 5-10pm (Thu and Fri), 11am-6pm (Sat), and 12-5pm (Sun).
The Barrel Project
80 Druid Street, SE1 2HQ. Open 4-11pm (Wed-Fri), 11am-11pm (Sat), and 12-7pm (Sun).
Hawkes Cidery and Taproom
Anspach and Hobday
118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. Open 5-10pm (Fri), 10:30am-10pm (Sat), and 1-6pm (Sun).
71 Enid Street, SE16 3RA. Open 4-10:30pm (Thu and Fri), 12-10:30pm (Sat), and 12-8pm (Sun).
London Calling Sweden
72 Enid Street, SE16 3RA. Open 3-10:30pm (Wed to Fri), 12-10:30pm (Sat), and 12-8pm (Sun).
73 Enid Street, SE16 3RA. Open 3-10pm (Wed to Fri, Sun) and 10am-10pm (Sat).
Brew By Numbers
75 Enid Street, SE16 3RA. Open 5-10pm (Fri), 11-8pm (Sat), and 12-6pm (Sun).
Bianca Road Brewing Company
83 Enid Street, SE16 3RA. Open 5-10:30pm (Thu and Fri), 11am-9pm (Sat), and 12-6pm (Sun).
Arches 29-30, 24 Old Jamaica Road, SE16 4AW. Open 12-10 pm (Thu and Fri), 12-7:30 pm (Sat), and 12:30-7 pm (Sun)
The Kernal Brewery
Arch 11, Dockley Road, SE16 3SF. Open 9 am-2 pm on Saturdays only.
Affinity Brew Co
7 Almond Rd, SE16 3LR. Open 5-8:30pm (Friday), 12-8:30pm (Saturday), and 12-6pm (Sunday).
Fourpure Brewing Company
22 Rotherhithe New Road, SE16 3LL. Open 12-8 pm (Tue, Wed, and Sun), 12-10 pm (Thu and Fri), and 11 am-8 pm (Sat).
Congratulations! You have completed the Bermondsey Beer Mile and are sufficiently full of craft beer.
Map of the London Beer Mile
Below you can find a map which lists all of the breweries as well as closest train stations and the best places to eat along the route. I thought this might be handy as some of the breweries and taprooms are slightly off the route and easy to miss if it is your first visit.
The Bermondsey beer mile is great way to catch up with friends or spend a summer afternoon in London, while also supporting some fantastic local independent businesses.