A Guinness Brewery Is Coming To Covent Garden In 2023

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 22 months ago

Last Updated 22 July 2022

A Guinness Brewery Is Coming To Covent Garden In 2023
render of the warhouse style brewery with tasting bar at the top
Old Brewers' Yard opens in Covent Garden in 2023. Image: Diageo

You won't exactly struggle to find a pint of Guinness in London, but next year, the Irish stout brand is opening an entire brewery in Covent Garden.

Guinness at Old Brewer's Yard will be a £73 million, 50,000 sq ft venue microbrewery/restaurant/marketing ploy producing limited edition beers, and generally waxing lyrically about what is already the most-quaffed dark beer in the world.

people sit and drink among barrels. A big golden guinness harp is in the background
Harps. Everywhere you look, harps. Image: Diageo

The thing that always got us about the Guinness Storehouse tour in Dublin is that you don't really get to experience the actual brewery, but the same mistake isn't being made here. Perhaps piggy-backing on the thirst for the brewery tours in London and elsewhere, Guinness' Covent Garden microbrewery will open up to the public, showing the limited edition and exclusive Old Brewer's Yard beers being made. (No word on if any basic pints of the black stuff will be brewed here.)

a woman stand and order at a bar, with drinks listed on a lightbox
"I'll have a, er, Guinness." Image: Diageo

Crowning the development — which will take over multiple sites across Mercer Walk, Langley Street, Neal Street and Shelton Street — will be a restaurant and 360-degree glass rooftop space. (Their Dublin location has a rooftop bar, and it's rather spectacular, so here's hoping for something similar.)

render of the microbrewery with vats inside and a huge guinness sign and harp on the frontage
The microbrewery will be open for tours. Image: Diageo

The microbrewery will join London's 135-odd existing breweries, and no doubt be a wonderful bricks-and-mortar plug for the brand and its famous golden harp logo. For us though, Guinness will always be the fail-safe we order in pubs where there's nothing else decent to drink.