You don’t have to be ein stein to enjoy the beers at Oktoberfest, it’s everywhere! London is going manic for all things Germanic! So get your lederhosen and dirndls ready, grab your stein and head down to all the Oktoberfesting that London’s got to offer. After all, what’s the wurst that could happen?
London St Pancras (0.1 miles)
What: Oktoberfest German Gymnasium
Why: Oomph band, check, currywurst, check, beer shipped specially from Bavaria’s Black Forest, check: it must be Oktoberfest at German Gymnasium. And if there’s one place that’s going to do it right then it’s this King’s Cross German hang out. Expect all the classics, not least the beers given German Gymnasium have brought it in direct from Rothaus in Bavaria. Drinkers will be raising the large traditional steins of Fest Bier Rothaus Märzen, Rothaus Hefeweizen and Rathaus Pils and we can’t wait to get involved.
Runs until 1st October
Where: 1 King’s Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU
What: Add a bit more bite to your Bratwurst at Brixton Rooftop
Why: If you’re looking for a little more ‘bite’ to your bratwurst then the team behind Brixton Rooftop are on-hand with their own take on Oktoberfest. Swapping their usual rooftop speedos for lederhosen the rooftop guys will be serving craft beers, or alternatively how about a stein of prosecco and cocktails? There will also be games and fun hosted from their fully heated rooftop venue.
Runs between 12th – 14th October
Where: Pope's Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH
What: Proud Camden's gig room is transformed into a Bavarian tent
Why: Proud Camden will be getting in the Bavarian spirit with their own homage to Oktoberfest, kicking off on 30th September and running through to 22nd October. The gig room at the Camden venue will be transformed into a fully fledged German beerhall, with long wooden tables, plenty of bunting and serving authentic Bavarian dishes cooked up by food traders and swilled down with German beers and accompanied by the inevitable German brass band.
Runs on Saturdays and Sundays between 30th September and 22nd October
Where: Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, NW1 8AH
What: Oktoberfest with an LGBT+
Why: Launching this year at The O2, Pink Oktoberfest will add sparkle to the traditionally teutonic event. In the one-day LGBT+ take-over the usual beers and sausages will be mixed in with drag queens in dirndls and rave karaoke. Intended to feel like the original, but with an LGBT+ twist it sounds like it’s going to be a truly fabulous event.
Taking place on 15th October
What: 50,000 Oktoberfesters
Why: Since 2011 East London has played host to London Oktoberfest, a massive event hosted in a traditional Oktoberfest with over 50,000 guests. This is the biggest such celebration in the UK, held at Millwall Park, and will feature all the fun of the fest. As well as copious amounts of beer expect waiters and waitresses sporting lederhosen and dirndls and many of the punters dressed in their best Bavarian outfits.
London Oktoberfest will run from 28th September until 8th October
Last Days Of Shoreditch
What: The Anti-Oktoberfest
Why: Oktoberfest normally focusses on century old Bavarian traditions, but anyone who’s been to modern Germany knows that it’s a diverse and dynamic culture, so the Shoreditch Anti-Oktoberfest will showcase break-dancers, street magicians, even a German ‘commedian’ (called Herr Kuntz Wankmüller) and, of course, The Hoff will be ever-present if only in the form of the Hasslehoff Karaoke session.
From 29th September to 7th October
Where: 288 Old Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 9LA