North London

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Local Pubs

The North London Branch looks after a large geographical area and, as a consequence, a large number of pubs. Want to find a Pub in North London? Not sure where it is? Then go to our on-line pubs database at Local online pub guide.

Or try this Map of CAMRA NL Branch Pubs Marked as OPEN (Green Tankard denotes REAL ALE available as at July 2022)

Or try out

Quite a bit of this remains work-in-progress so we welcome news and pictures on pubs to get it more and more up to date but it should contain information on all pubs in the Branch area which we think sells cask beer. Send information to our Pubs Officer - see the contacts page.

You can also find historic information about WC1 HERE.

Pub News

Every two months, the North London Branch sends details of changes taking place to pubs in the Branch area to London Drinker magazine. Because of space constraints, it is not possible for LD to reproduce the submission in full but you can find it HERE These updates cover all London CAMRA Branches.

CAMRA's LocAle scheme

A number of these pubs are now members of CAMRA's LocAle scheme, details of which can be found HERE.

Pubs of the Season, Pub of the Year and Pub of Pubs awards

Each year we make Awards to pubs as, respectively Pubs of the Season and Pub of the Year and the new Pub of Pubs

Pub of the Year

Congratulations to Southampton Arms on winning the North London 2024 Pub of the Year Award.

Happy Staff at the Magdala

The runner up, for the second year running, was The Magdala in Hampstead. Colin commented, “This pub was closed for at least five years and we were concerned that it would never open again. This is despite the efforts of locals to get the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value. Then the new owners, Twickenham Green Taverns, who are experienced pub owners, really invested in this pub. And this is the result! It’s a lovely looking establishment with a range of terrific well-kept beer.” The full address of the pub is 2a South Hill Park, Hampstead NW3 2SB

Details of past Pub of the Year Winners can be found HERE.

Pub of Pubs 2023

CAMRA’s North London Branch’s has been running its Pub of the Year Competition since 1993. The Branch is now in its 50th year and so they thought it would be great to celebrate pubs by running a Pub of Pubs’ Competition. This featured all the pubs that have won the Pub of the Year over the thirty years the Competition has run. CAMRA members voted The Pineapple, in Leverton Street the winner, followed by The Southampton Arms in Highgate Road.

Pineapple - Pub of Pubs 2023 - Colin Coyne and Pineapple staff

Click HERE for the full details on first and second place winners Pineapple and The Southampton Arms and click HERE for details on The Antwerp Arms which placed third.

Pubs of the Season

Winter 2023/24

The Gipsy Queen in Malden Road, NW5 has won CAMRA North London’s Winter 2023/24 Pub of the Season. Full details can be found HERE

Winter 2022/23

David, London Village Inns’ General Manager (left) accepts the Award from Branch Chairman, Colin Coyne

The The Black Lion - Kilburn, is our Winter 2022/23 Pub of the Season winner. Full details can be found HERE.

Summer 2023

Summer Pub of the Season Award to The Compton Arms The The Compton Arms, is our Summer 2023 Pub of the Season winner. Full details can be found HERE

Details of past Pub of the Season Winners can be found HERE.

Asset of Community Value (ACV)

What is an Asset of Community Value (ACV)?

Under the Localism Act 2011, community groups in England can ask their local council to register their valued local pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). Once the pub has been placed on the Council's list of ACVs it will usually remain there for five years. If the pub goes up for sale, the community are offered 6 months to develop a proposal and raise money to bid for it, which is known as the 'community right to bid'. Designation as an ACV does not, however, restrict who owners can sell to, or at what price. It also does not affect an owner's ability to seek planning permission to change the use or redevelop a property after it has been designated. A list of ACVs for our branch pubs in Brent, Camden, Hackney, Haringey and Islington are listed (in MS Excel format) HERE.

Want to get your local pub listed as an ACV?

Firstly, visit your local council's website and download the ACV nomination form. Contact North London CAMRA for advice:

ku.gro.armac.nodnolhtron@noitcetorpbup .

You can also download CAMRA’s guide on how to nominate a pub as Asset of Community Value (ACV).

Traditional cider and perry

It was not that long ago that only five pubs in the Branch area sold traditional cider and perry, now there are many more and details can be found HERE.

Jessica Marsh Branch Cider Representative presents the 2023 Cider Pub of the Year Award and, for good measure, the Runner-Up Award in the 2023 Overall Pub of the Year Contest. Our 2023 Cider Pub of the Year is The Southampton Arms holding onto the prize it won in 2022.

It's the Award that counts! Prior to that in 2020 it was The Robin. For more info click HERE.

The Southampton Arms in Kentish Town has won North London’s Cider Pub of the Year competition for the third time. Branch Chairman John Cryne (left) presents Assistant Manager Kieron with the 2019 Cider Pub of the Year Award. To read the media release (MS Word Format) click HERE.

CAMRA Discounts

CAMRA members can obtain benefits in a number of pubs across the Branch area, usually in the form of discounts against the cost of beer, details of pubs offering such a discount can be found HERE , remember you will need to show a valid membership card.

Local Pub Guides

The North London Branch has produced a series of Local Pub Guides covering its area, details of which can be found by clicking HERE.