Don your best Lederhosen and Dirndls and experience London’s best Bavarian bratwurst and beer combinations for Oktoberfest 2018
Lead image: The Official Camden Oktoberfest
1 Bavarian Beerhouse Oktoberfest, the City
26 September-20 October
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. Running every Wednesday to Saturday from 26 September to 20 October, Oktoberfest in London takes place at both Bavarian Beerhouse venues, in Old Street and Tower Hill. There’s free entrance every Wednesday from 7pm–11pm, a £5 deposit per person on Thursday (7pm-11pm), and on Friday and Saturday there are three ticketing options to choose from (starting at £14.50), with festivities running from 8pm until midnight.
2 London Oktoberfest 2018, Canary Wharf
London Oktoberfest is 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. The event attracts some 50,000 guests each year, with live music, long communal tables, staff dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen to generate that authentic Oktoberfest feeling and, of course, plenty of German beer and bratwurst Admission is free on Sundays, otherwise tickets start from £10 (special packages are available). There will also be a Halloween Special Oktoberfest in Finsbury Park this year, running 25-31 October.
Manchester Road, Canary Wharf E14 3AY; london-oktoberfest.co.uk
3 Brixton Oktoberfest, Brixton Jamm
Saturdays throughout October
Bavaria meets Berlin’s club scene in Brixton this October as steins and street food take over the multiple themed rooms of Brixton Jamm. As well as the biggest craft beer selection south of the river and steins of cocktails, there’ll be themed food from Herman Ze German and Freewheelin’ Pizza, Bavarian-based beats and a great selection of electronic music from Oompah DJs, a Berlin-themed club room with an appropriately tricky admission policy leading (hopefully) to an immersive techno experience, games like Bier Stein Pong and Pass Ze Parcel, plus Lederhosen clad waitstaff providing table service. Tickets £5-£20. 4pm-10.30pm.
261 Brixton Road SW9 6LH; brixtonoktoberfest.com
4 Erdinger Oktoberfest London, Stratford
27 September – 28 October
Erdinger Oktoberfest London, hosted by German brewery ERDINGER Weißbräu, is headed for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this autumn. The 3,000-person capacity Erdinger Tent will be traditionally decorated and staffed with 40 Oktoberfest-experienced waitresses, flown in from Germany. 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, huts and a fun fair. There will also be a one-day-only Pink Oktoberfest, a camp, colourful event by the team behind Winter Pride, with drag queens, game shows, rave karaoke, DJs and dress up (Sunday 7 October). Tickets from £15.
5 Heist Bank Beer Festival, Paddington
Heist Bank will host its second Heist Bank Beer Festival this year, with over 60 beers on tap from across the UK, Scandinavia and Australasia. Three top breweries, Fourpure, Siren and Wild Beer Co, will be taking over the bar’s 12 taps for the weekend with special seasonal releases and exclusive collaborations. Heist Bank’s wood-fired pizza oven will also be blazing, offering pizzas topped with the likes of wild boar sausage, Bath chaps and yellow courgette, as DJs play throughout the evening. There will also be hands-on workshops, beer and cheese pairings, beer games and beer yoga. Tickets £15 including a festival beer glass and two beers.
5 North Wharf, Paddington W2 1LA; heistbankbeerfestival.com
6 The Official Camden Oktoberfest, Electric Ballroom
13 October & 20 October
Following two sell out years, The Official Camden Oktoberfest is back, this time taking over Camden’s Electric Ballroomwith 3,000 tickets available across two Saturdays in October. The iconic music venue will be transformed into a traditional Bavarian beerhall, complete with Spaten, Löwenbräu & Becks beers flown over from Germany, waitstaff dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen, and currywurst by Herman ze German. The Old Dirty Brasstards – a 10-piece drum and brass ensemble – will play covers, classics and oompah favourites, DJs will keep the dancing going and there will be challenges and competitions to keep the laughter rolling. 2pm-9pm. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets from £8.
184 Camden High Street NW1 8QP; camdenoktoberfest.com
7 Oktoberfesten at Flat Iron Square
Flat Iron Square, London’s popular new foodie and entertainment hub near Borough Market, is to host a four-day celebration of Germany’s favourite autumn festival in October. There’ll be German-themed fun and games, music, a selection of food traders with some additional German specialists and, crucially, beers a-plenty, including a free beer handed to you upon arrival. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will be an evening session from 6.30pm-11.30pm, while on Saturday there will be two sessions, from 12pm-5pm and 6.30pm-11.30pm. Tickets are £10 (plus £1 booking fee).
64 Flat Iron Square SE1 1RU; flatironsquare.co.uk. To book see seetickets.com