Don your best lederhosen and dirndls and experience London’s best bratwurst and beer combinations for Oktoberfest 2017
Lead image: Herman Ze German at Bavaria Meets Berlin in Brixton
1 Bavarian Beerhouse Oktoberfest, the City
Oktoberfest in London hosts some 180,000 each year with its ‘proper’ Stein glasses, tables that are yours for the entire evening, charming staff in Dirndl and Lederhosen and traditional OompahPah bands flown in from Bavaria. Open every Wednesday to Saturday from 20 September to 21 October, its free entrance every Wednesday from 7pm–11pm, the same on Thursday, although a £5 deposit per person is required, and on Friday and Saturday there are three ticketing options to choose from (£14.50-£34.50), and the festivities run from 8pm until midnight. Festivities take place at both Bavarian Beerhouse venues, in Old Street and Tower Hill. Oh, and on 29 September there’s a special HOFF-TOBERFEST event in celebration of Germany’s national icon and favourite non-German, David Hasselhoff!
2 London Oktoberfest 2017, Canary Wharf
London Oktoberfest, held in a traditional blue-and-white tent at Millwall Park on the southern tip of the Isle of Dogs, just by Island Gardens DLR station, attracts some 50,000 guests each year. The giant tent will be filled with live music, long communal tables and staff dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen to generate that authentic Oktoberfest feeling, with plenty of beer serves created specially for the event. The event runs from 28 September to 8 October. General admission is free, £5 or £10 depending on the session, and there are various ticketing options with extras thrown in (Bavarian tickets are £10.50-£20.50, the Oktoberfest package is £26-£44 and the VIP Package is £42-£60).
Manchester Road, Canary Wharf E14 3AY; london-oktoberfest.co.uk
3 Bavaria Meets Berlin in Brixton
Inspired by the underground beats of Berlin, the team behind Brixton Rooftop is adding a bit more bite to their bratwurst for Oktoberfest this year. Brixton Beach is swapping its Speedos for Lederhosen to launch its fully covered and heated winter structure, with the biggest selection of stein-served beverages south of the river. Street food regulars Mac to The Future and The Lambassdors will be dishing up their take on Bavarian classics, alongside a special appearance by Herman Ze German. There will also be a multitude of events and experiences over the course of the weekend, including Wurst Karaoke Ever, Bier Stein Pong and Oompah bands performing classic dance floor fillers. Open 6pm-11pm on Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday from 12-14 October.
Pope’s Road, Brixton SW9 8JH; brixtonoktoberfest.com
4 Erdinger Oktoberfest London, Greenwich
Erdinger Oktoberfest London, hosted by German brewery ERDINGER Weißbräu, hits Greenwich Peninsula from 5-22 October. The 3,000-person capacity Erdinger Tent will be traditionally decorated and full of singing and dancing as 40 Oktoberfest-experienced waitresses, flown in from Germany, tend to your every Stein need. Munich’s famous Oktoberfest bands are also headed over to keep you entertained as you feast on pork knuckle, sauerkraut and apple strudel, plus there’ll be a traditional beer garden with a fun fair! Tickets £5-£30 or £187.50 for an Erdinger VIP Ticket.
5 Heist Bank Beer Festival, Paddington
Heist Bank in Paddington is hosting is embracing the Oktoberfest season with its first Beer Festival on the weekend of 14-15 October 2017, showcasing more than 30 breweries from the UK, Scandinavia and Australasia and pouring more than 100 beers. The likes of Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co. will be gracing the taps, there’ll be workshops in the games room where the first 30 people in the door will get to preview the releases an hour before the beer hits the bar, and the Heist Bank chefs will be cooking up their signature wood-fired pizzas, hog roast flatbreads and beer muffins. There’s live music by day and DJs by night, too. Tickets £15.
5 North Wharf, Paddington W2 1LA. To book see heistbankbeerfestival.com