The Original Original
Brewed under the watchful eye of our Griffin since the 1950s, London Pride is unmistakably London's beer. With its well-rounded flavour and rich history, everything about this authentic, characterful beer binds it to our capital city and the people who love it.
Find It Now
London Pride can be discovered throughout our estate of unique and contemporary pubs - find your new local.
We export our beers to more than 60 countries worldwide, meaning your favourite bottle, cask or keg is never far away.
From your local supermarket to your favourite off-licence, you can find our canned and bottled beers to enjoy at home.
A beer as alive as the city that brews it
The last two centuries have given us some great books. Many based in London. About Londoners. Like the pipe smoking sleuth from Baker Street ... , the nanny that preferred her umbrella to the Routemaster, and the boy that never grew up. OK, so he wasn't from London, but he did visit - probably flew over our brewery - and while those authors were busy writing their stories, we were writing ours. Brewing books, dating back to 1845. They're not famous, but like any good classic they're still being read today, by our brewers, who in turn continue our story with new recipes and tales of cask and keg. Not exactly populist, but to enjoy our story you don't have to read it, just take a sip.
It's not called London-ish pride
Our brewery's stood in London, beside the Thames, since 1845. And we've been brewing London Pride here since long before Boris bikes, oligarchs and free evening newspapers ... . Sure, we could have moved out. Saved some money. But it's not just a brewery, it's our home. And some things are more important than the bottom line. So we're staying put. Besides, "I'll have a pint of London-ish Pride" just doesn't sound right.
Griffin's eye view
She's on our bottles, our pint glasses and the logo on this poster. But she first appeared on our brewery wall in Chiswick over 175 years ago. As unofficial head of security ... (in mythology the Griffin is a beast that protects treasure) nothing escapes her on that perch high above the Thames. Millions of pints of London Pride aside, she's seen 77 Oxford wins. 81 for Cambridge. A few shivering skinny dippers. David Walliams swim past for charity. And the Queen, celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. Apparently our Griffin got a wave. Maybe she should run for Mayor.
Horses love it
Back in the day, London Pride was transported through the city using horse and wagon. The horses would get thirsty and the drivers would give them a bottle or two ... . Soon the horses developed a fondness for our fine ale, and it got to the point where they refused to drink water. So, in effect the wagons were powered by London Pride. These days we use vans for those narrow London streets, but no one's tried London Pride in the fuel tanks, yet.
No wall flower
In the 50s we created a new ale. Rich, smooth and wonderfully balanced. We just needed a name. There was no Twitter back then, but we asked around London for suggestions all the same ... , and one in particular was inspired. A flower. But not any old flower. 'London Pride' (or Saxifraga x urbium to be precise). A tough little perennial that grew during the Blitz, covering the rubble like tiny beacons of hope. A homage to the city's indomitable spirit, and a fitting name for our ale. So thank you London.
Who needs Twitter?
Back in the fifties, once we'd perfected the recipe for our fine ale, we were a bit stuck for a name. There was no internet back then, so we just sort of asked around, in person ... . It took a while, but then finally one suggestion stuck, 'London Pride'. A little flower that got its name during the Blitz for its obstinate spirit, popping up everywhere across London, like a beacon of hope. See, who needs Twitter? (Follow us on Twitter.)
London born and brewed
We're proper Londoners (our postcode's been W4 2QB since before postcodes were even invented) and like a lot of Londoners, we don't have a garden ... . We have got a river though, and everyone's welcome.
AN ICONIC ALE
Not just the iconic ale of the capital, London Pride is an all-British affair that unites a nation of beer drinkers. It’s brewed with entirely home-grown hop varieties - Target for bittering and Northdown, Challenger and Goldings for aroma - but the soul of the beer is unquestionably in the malt.
Crystal malts combine with spring-harvested Pale Ale varieties Concerto and Propino, to give Pride its inimitable depth and balance.
Brewed to 4.1%, this tawny-coloured premium ale borrows sweet raisin, biscuit and dried-fruit notes from the Crystal malt, while fresh, piney herbs emanate from the hops. Rich, smooth and elegant on the palate, it draws to a clean, satisfying finish with beautifully balanced bitterness.
Tasting Beers.com World Beer Awards, 2010
International Beer and Cider Challenge Gold, 2002
International Beer Challenge Silver, 2011
Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival Gold, 2015
Raise a glass
A beer of the people, this famous ale even found its name on the streets of the capital. ‘London Pride’ was a suggestion by a member of the public in the 50s, inspired by a flower of the same name that somehow survived - thrived, even - in war-time London.
London Pride and roast chicken is a perfect marriage of flavours.
Roast chicken: Caramel notes of the beer perfectly complement the caramelised skin of the chicken.
There's enough bitterness to cut through the meat, potatoes and gravy and cleanse the palate, but won't overwhelm the harmonious caramel-to-caramel match.
The three Cs method was used to match our food - compliment, cut through and contrast. To find out more click here.
- Ale Yeast
- Malts: Chocolate, Crystal, Pale
- Hops: Challenger, Goldings, Northdown, Target
Experience Gales Force of Nature
A silky-smooth premium ale, Horndean Special Bitter was originally the flagship beer of Gales Brewery in Hampshire. First launched in 1959, it’s still brewed with the same passion and pride today – and the age-old recipe continues to go down a storm.
Something completely different
Find a new Frontier
We’ve never been afraid of innovation, and Frontier, our new wave craft lager, speaks volumes to our pioneering spirit. Our brewers have been on a quest to create a more refreshing, more characterful lager – and Frontier is the ground-breaking result.