Beer lovers across the capital have been increasingly spoilt for choice in recent years. As well as craft breweries popping up left, right and centre, micropubs have taken off in a big way.

Since the first one opened in east Kent in 2005, the craze for minute boozers that concentrate on great beer and do away with the likes of music, fruit machines and even talking on mobile phones has spread up the country.

North Kent and south east London are already micropub hotbeds and the rest of south London seems to be catching on.

Here’s our guide to the micropubs (and other micro-sized drinking holes) near you:

News Shopper: John Hurley outside The Door Hinge in Welling High Street.

The Door Hinge

High Street, Welling

London’s first micropub opened in Welling in 2013 under the stewardship of former black cab driver Ray Hurley. The one-room pub is based in an old electrical shop. Ray told us when it opened: “When you come in here it’s like I’m inviting you in my front room.

"You go into most pubs nowadays and you can’t hear anything with the music and the fruit machines.”

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The Long Pond

Westmount Road, Eltham

Named after the town’s popular landmark, father-of-two Michael Wren gave up a career in the City to run the Long Pond in an old plumber’s merchant. He was inspired after his dad took him to Whitstable’s The Tankerton Arms. He said: “For the first time in my life I had an ambition. It was like an epiphany.”

The Radius Arms

Godstone Road, Whyteleaf

Earlier this year, former bus driver Vincent Glen realised his dream by transforming an old cafe into a micropub.

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The Broken Drum

Westwood Lane, Blackfen

The late Terry Pratchett inspired the name of this tiny tavern: The Broken Drum is the name of the pub in his Discworld series. Dad-of-three Andy Wheeler from Bexleyheath was a keen CAMRA member who had long dreamed of opening his own micropub and jumped at the chance to transform this disused nail bar.

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The Penny Farthing

Waterside, Crayford

It’s coming up to a year since The Penny Farthing first opened and in that time Bev and Bob Baldwin’s boozer has already won Bexley CAMRA’s Pub of the Year.

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The Compass Ale House

Manor Road, Gravesend

Two couples, three of whom worked busy hospital jobs, clubbed together to open the Compass in Gravesend last October in a former estate agent shop. Publican Charlie Venner told us when it opened: "I think Gravesend needed somewhere where you can get a consistently decent pint.

"We have got a little stash of malt whiskies as well, which is a bit against the (accepted micropub) rules (of selling beer only), but they seem to be going down well."

The Little Bar

Mitcham Road, Tooting

It’s not technically a micropub in the traditional mould but there’s no doubting this bar, as the name suggests, is micro. A former hair salon, it’s just 22ft by 11ft and was the dream of former The Independent magazine’s Food and Drink editor Madeleine Lim and her business partner, the late Martin Pannett. There’s carefully chosen beers, wines and the odd cocktail.

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One Inn the Wood

Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood

Another pub that had barely opened its doors before the awards started to fly through them. One Inn the Wood opened last May and this March bagged Bromley CAMRA’s Pub of the Year. Owner Barry Bridge told us last year: “I’m really excited about it – we’re going to be a real alternative in the area, we want to bring something new.

“There’s a real void in between London and rural Kent. There are so many wonderful producers and breweries around and we want to offer that here.”

Beer Rebellion

Gipsy Hill and Queen’s Road, Peckham

Penge brewers Late Knights have expanded, first with a pop-up in Upper Norwood but now with two full-time premises. First came the one in Gipsy Hill, which unusually sells  proper food (mmm, burgers) and now there’s one in Peckham too.

London Beer Dispensary

Brockley Road, Brockley

Late Knights has another venue in Brockley but it’s not quite a bar. In fact it doesn’t even have a bar. It does serve eight ales, five ciders and six ever-changing lines, whiskys and wine. And, in its own words ‘the best burgers in town’ and Sunday lunches.