By Kathryn Foley
Wind the clock back forty years or so, London’s craft beer scene was pretty much a non-existent shambles, but today new craft breweries are springing up left, right and centre, and the number of breweries in the city has reached around 80. With micro-breweries popping up under railway arches and in once abandoned warehouses, and home brewers turning award winning beer magicians, there’s never been a better time to ditch the commercial beers and opt instead for fresh craft brews direct from the source. Thanks to the UK’s pesky licensing laws, you actually cant't get drunk in a brewery, but you can still visit the taprooms and bars of London’s breweries which arenusually (and happily) located next to one another. So, here are five of the best urban breweries in London where you can merrily sip your way through the tastiest of what the capital has to offer.