Don your best lederhosen and dirndls and experience London’s best Bavarian bratwurst and beer combinations for Oktoberfest 2019
Lead image: The Official Camden Oktoberfest
1 Bierschenke Oktoberfest, Liverpool Street & Tower Hill
18 September-2 November
London’s longest-running Oktoberfest, Bierschenke is dedicating every Wednesday to Saturday for seven weeks to the celebration. There will be big Steins of the venue’s exclusively brewed German beers, platters of authentic German Wurst and live oompah bands playing a mixture of German classics and modern anthems. Entry is free, so roll up and enjoy an authentic Munich Beer Hall experience, complete with traditional Oktoberfest decorations and drinks served by staff dressed in dirndls and lederhosen. Look out for Spooktoberfest this Halloween, too.
London Wall buildings, 4 Blomfield Street EC2M 5NT & The Arches, 9 Crutched Friars EC3N 2AU; bierschenke.co.uk
2 London Oktoberfest 2019, Canary Wharf & Moorgate
3-6 & 10-12 October / 15-16 November
London Oktoberfest is taking place at three different sites this year. As well as two long weekends in the traditional blue-and-white-themed tent at Millwall Park on the southern tip of the Isle of Dogs (3-6 & 10-12 October), there’ll be a ‘Luxury Edition’ – the most exclusive Oktoberfest in London – at a venue next to Moorgate station from 15-16 November, and a Halloween Oktoberfest Special at Olympia from 24-26 October. The event attracts some 50,000 guests each year, with live music, long communal tables, staff dressed in dirndl and lederhosen and, of course, plenty of German beer and bratwurst. Admission is free on Thursdays and Sundays (and there’s a special family lunch on Sundays too), otherwise tickets start from £10 for general entry (special table packages are also available).
Manchester Road, Canary Wharf E14 3AY; london-oktoberfest.co.uk
3 Oktoberfest at Pop Brixton
11-12 & 18-19 October
Taking place over two weekends in October, Pop Brixton’s Oktoberfest celebrations will feature steins of traditional German beir plus a brilliant selection of Bavarian bratwurst – Rindwurst, Numeburger, Currywurst, vegan Bratwurst and vegetarian Schnitzel – from World Of Wurst, Pop Brixton’s resident Bavarian experts. World of Wurst have declared that it won’t be the biggest Oktoberfest celebration in London, but it will be the most authentic Oktoberfest celebration, and guarantee that you’ll be dancing on the tables by the end of the evening. The cultural hub will be transformed into an open-air beer tent, serving traditional Munich brews from Erdinger, Lӧowenbräau, Spaten and more. 12pm-11.30pm. Entry is free.
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
4 Pink Oktoberfest, Surrey Quays
The UK’s largest Pink Oktoberfest, fast becoming an unmissable date on the LGBTQ+ calendar, is back for the third year running with the campest, most colourful Oktoberfest ever. Taking over Dock X in Surrey Quays, which will be set up as a traditional Bavarian beer hall, you can expect drag queens, rave karaoke, lip sync battles, game shows, DJs, dress up and, of course, Oktoberfest Bands from Munich. There will be rows and rows of long tables and a huge dance floor, do don your best Bavarian get-up and dance the night away. And if beer’s not your thing, there will also be a champagne and cocktail bar. 4pm-11pm. Tickets £15.
Dock X, Surrey Quays SE16 2XU; pinkoktoberfest.com
5 The Official Camden Oktoberfest, Electric Ballroom
28 September & 5, 12 & 19 October
Camden’s Electric Ballroom will be transformed into a fully decked-out, traditional Bavarian beer hall with long wooden tables, bunting and giant beers by Spaten, Löwenbräu & Becks, as well as music from The Old Dirty Brasstards – a 10-piece drum and brass ensemble playing covers, classics and oompah favourites. Herman ze German will be serving up authentic German wurst like Grilled Black Forest sausage, Currywurst and Brotzel (pretzel alternatives), and all of the above is supported by an eclectic mix of DJs, dancing, hilarious challenges and competitions running from 2pm-9pm. The Official Oktoberfest takes place on 28 September & 5, 12 & 19 October with full fancy dress encouraged. Tickets from £10.
184 Camden High Street NW1 8QP; camdenoktoberfest.com
6 Oktoberfest at Neverland London, Fulham
Bavaria heads for Fulham this weekend as Neverland London is transformed into a traditional German Oktoberfest venue with sloshing steins, brotzles (intriguing pretzel alternatives), authentic German wurst and staff dressed in traditional dirndl and lederhosen. Gone is this summer’s tropical paradise of cabanas, beer pong and frozen cocktails, replaced by an immersive autumnal wonderland with a jungle filled pergola, long wooden tables and bunting, fit for a decadent bohemian schloss. Live music will come from a traditional drum and brass band ensemble playing covers, classics and oompah favourites, while an eclectic mix of DJs will get you dancing. Fancy dressed is fully encouraged. Oktoberfest will also run over the weekend of 4-5 October. Entry is £5, table packages are available (click here to book).
364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; designmynight.com
7 Vegan Oktoberfest at Greenwich Market
Vegan Oktoberfest debuted at Greenwich Market last year, and if you missed it then, don’t miss it this year! Buckets of beer and bratwurst might not sound like the most vegan-friendly of events, but this special event offers vegan ‘würstl’ and ‘knödel’, as well as a fruitful variety of crisp refreshing vegan beers. There’ll be plenty more street food to indulge in too, with vegan eats from the likes of @TheGreengageTree, Let’s Do Temaki, Veganauti, The Nooch, VforVegan and more. A local band will get the Oktoberfest vibe flying, too. 6.30pm-10pm.
Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london
8 Oktoberfest South London at Electric Brixton
28 September & 19 October
Brixton residents have all the luck this year with two huge venues hosting Oktoberfest events. As well as Pop Brixton’s authentic Oktoberfest (listed above), Electric Brixton is hosting its first ever Oktoberfest South London. The venue will be transformed in to an all-singing, all-dancing Bavarian beer hall with long wooden tables and bunting, and the festivities will run from 2pm-9pm on both 28 September & 19 October.Herman ze German will provide its iconic wurst as you put away a few steins of the good stuff by Spaten, Löwenbräu & Becks and London Brass All Stars play classic oompah favourites. DJs from Sexy Kitchen Party will keep the soiree running late into the night and between sets you’ll be treated to up-and-coming comedians. Tickets from £10.
Town Hall Parade SW2 1RJ; skiddle.com
9 Brewhouse and Kitchen Highbury, Islington and Hoxton
21 September-6 October
Raise a two-pint stein to sauerkraut and lederhosen during Oktoberfest at Brewhouse and Kitchen in Highbury, Islington and Hoxton this autumn. To line the stomach for the steins, try the brand new Oktoberfest Burger with pulled pork, curry sauce, sauerkraut & French’s mustard served in a pretzel baked bun. Each of Brewhouse and Kitchen’s on-site brewers is creating a special Bier to celebrate all things Bavarian, including a slightly stronger lager brewed with Munich & Vienna malts – available as a two-pint stein to really get into the Oktoberfest spirit. Lederhosen encouraged. Prost!
10 The London Bierfest, the City
The London Bierfest is a great corporate hospitality event that will see the iconic Old Billingsgate Marketing transformed into a traditional Oktoberfest, buzzing with live music, dancing and a host of other entertainment. Just over 2,000 revellers will enjoy the relaxed hospitality of this unique experience over the two days, with unlimited steins of ABK beers – crowned Supreme Champion at The International Beer Challenge 2018 – unlimited glasses of wine and soft drinks, and delicious platters of traditional German cuisine served to your table by a team of Heidis, Helgas and Helmuts. There’s also a programme of live performances including oompah bands, acrobats and more. Open 6pm-11pm on Thursday 17 October and 1pm-6pm on Friday 18 October. Tickets from £149 per head based on a table of 10.
Old Billingsgate Market, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6DX; thelondonbierfest.com