3. The Queen’s Arms, Queen’s Gate Mews

The Queen’s Arms, located in South Kensington near the Queen’s Gate to Hyde Park, is not tied to a specific brewing company. Nevertheless, the pub takes beer very seriously.

It is accredited by Cask Marque for properly serving cask ale, also known as “real ale,” which is ale that is unpasteurized, naturally carbonated, and conditioned in the cask.

Blue plaque on 24 Queens Gate Mews; former studio of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein

Besides its great beer credentials, the Queen’s Arms is in a culturally rich area. Many visitors to nearby Royal Albert Hall stop by before or after a show and down the street on Queen’s Gate Mews is the former studio of New York-born sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein.

The Queen’s Arms, 30 Queens Gate Mews, London, SW7. Tube: Gloucester Road