Bratwurst, weiners, würstchen, bockwurst, würstel, rostbratwurst, frankfurter, knackwurst, leberwurst… there are just so many names for sausage in German that we could think about writing our very own Fifty Shades of Grey: The Kitchen Edition. Instead, we’re going to sample all of them at the various Oktoberfest celebrations happening around London.
The 18-day folk festival normal runs in Munich, but London does a good job of hosting its own version at various venues around the capital. Enjoy an evening of gigantic beers and brass bands. Wurst-case scenario? You’ll have plenty of Bavarian snacks to fill you up. And if you end up on the floor by 10pm, it’s a stein of a good party…
1. Wunderbar! at Pergola Paddington
For the biggest and best Oktoberfest in London, head straight to the Pergola in Paddington for a beer hall of epic proportions. Think of it as a student union on crack. Giant tables of people glugging down steins, barrels of beer, Bavarian food and an all-round fantastic time. Think you’re in for a quiet night? Think again. When we went, we were dancing down the aisles to reggaeton (yes, the theme got a little confusing). The beerhall has been transformed by hops garlands and streamers until the end of the month. Drink cocktails, Wunder Beer, brewed by Camden Town Brewery just for Wunderbar, or some warm wine and start singing along to the oom-pah bands and DJs.
There will be parades, bottomless brunches, a ‘Pink’ Oktoberfest party and even the chance to be crowned Beer King & Queen of Wunderbar. Fancy dress is actively encouraged.
When: Until 31 October
Where: 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY
2. Truman’s Social Club
Oktoberfest is getting off to a roaring start this weekend at Truman’s Social Club. They’re hosting their first-ever Oktoberfest spectacular… and it’s going to be huge. They are serving up one-litre steins, of fresh unpasteurised lager served straight from the tank and a new Märzenbier they’ve brewed especially for the event.
There will be bratwurst and roasted pork knuckle served up straight from their next-door neighbours the German Deli. Oh and the all-singing, all-dancing entertainment doesn’t stop there. There will be brass bands – including Das Brass – and plenty of DJs too. Buy a ticket and you’ll get a complimentary free litre of beer on arrival! That really is pitcher perfect.
Price: From £20
When: 8 & 9 October, from 7.30pm
Where: 1 Priestley Way, Walthamstow,E17 6AL
Buy a ticket and you'll get a complimentary free litre of beer on arrival! That really is pitcher perfect.
3. London Craft Oktoberfest
For the serious beer drinkers out there, this one is for you. German Kraft is hosting an Oktoberfest event at Mercato Metropolitano. Expect more than 12 different German-style craft beers from local breweries served up in steins. Dance away to an oompah band and eat german sausages and pretzels to your heart’s content! You’ll have the usual boozed-up London crowd including “drunk city boys in terrible fancy dress lederhosen (they’re unavoidable)” – or so the website says.
When: 8 & 9 October
Where: 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
4. Brick Lane Bier Fest
Willkommen to the Brick Lane Bier Fest hosted by the Brick Lane Tap Room. Expect oodles of entertainment including beer, food, cabaret, live music, comedy, drag and DJ’s who’ll transform the venue into the most vibe-filled bier hall this side of Bavaria.
The end of the month will see East London set up 7,000 sq ft of space for german drinking. It will be running across Halloween too, so dig out your classic Bavarian ghoul lederhosen and join in the fun.
Price: From £20
When: 29-31 October
Where: 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
5. Oktoberfest in… Infernos
Sticky floors. Drunk people. Angry bouncers. You guessed it – it’s a night out in Infernos. We’re agog to see that the venue is actually still going after coronavirus. Topshop might not have made it, but Infernos is still sticking to London like glue. Expect the usual fanfare of live Bavarian bands, Oktoberfest games, German beers, German food and a free stein and sausage on arrival. Expect to leave a little bit of your soul in here.
Price: From £25
When: Every Saturday in October
Where: 146 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UH
6. The London Bierfest
This is the beerfest of all beerfests. As well as brass bands, The London Bierfest has aerial acts and flame throwers. This Bavarian knees-up is for all those companies who finally want to give their company the social event of the century. A (rather pricey) ticket includes, unlimited beer, dancing and authentic German catering all in the epic venue of the Old Billingsgate Market in the City. Join more than 2,500 revellers and soak up ABK Bar and eat the finest German sauerkraut.
Price: From £149
When: 7 & 8 October
Where: Old Billingsgate Market, 16 Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6DX
7. Oktoberfest at Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden
It’s time to embarrass yourself in front of friends, family and colleagues at Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden’s Bavarian party. Expect currywurst, bratwurst and a lot worse, for food. On Saturdays there’s a live oompa band, and on Sundays you’ll just have to make do with the ambience of each other. Drink from steins and party like you’re in Munich.
Price: From £10
When: Every Saturday and Sunday in October
Where: 6A South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP
8. Munich Cricket Club
The experts in Bavarian boozing are back with a bier hall in full swing. They have live oompah bands every Thursday and Saturday in their Victoria venue and a whole host of authentic Oktoberfest biers imported from Munich. Expect competitions, fancy dress, schnapps, schnitzels, strudels, and a whole lot of singing.
Where: Victoria and Canary Wharf locations
When: Until 31 October (and beyond)
Next door neighbours to Borough Market, Katzenjammers is the Bavarian Bierkeller you;ve been dreaming of. Loud brass bands, plenty of steins and enough bratwurst to shake a durdle at. There are nine authentic draught biers as well as nearly 30 bottled biers, alongside fine selection of German and Austrian wines. And don’t forget the schnapps! Private parties, office parties, or a simple weeknight out… they have everything you want and more.
When: All the time!
Where: The Hop Exchange, 24 Southwark Street, SE1 1TY
10. Between the Bridges
The Old Dirty Brasstards are bringing us much funk and soul as they can to Oktoberfest this year at Between the Bridges on the Southbank. Expect mass singalongs, live acts, DJs, sensational street food and sausages galore for two days straight. The gigantic 4,000-square-foot drinking space, will have you dancing – and drinking – the night away.
Price: £20, includes a stein
When: 8 & 9 October
Where: Queen’s Walk, Southbank, SE1