Prepare to oompah at these London Oktoberfest parties.
Expect large glasses of foaming wheat beer, brass bands, lederhosen everywhere and big ole’ bratwursts. Prost! [Header photo: Erdinger Oktoberfest]
The legendary Electric Ballroom will transform into a mighty beer tent for two Saturdays in October: expect long beerhall tables, staff dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen, and endless German bratwursts from Herman Ze German. Sounds cracking to us! Oct 13 & 20, and tickets, just £10, are available here.
?Head to Munich! ?
Want to try the real thing? The good folks at Stoke Travel will whisk you from St. Pancras International to Munich, the home of Oktoberfest, for three days of drinking, dancing and general merriment, before taking you all the way home again. Party trains leave on Sep 21, Sep 28 and Oct 5 – book your spot here!
2. Oktoberfest at Flat Iron Square
You might know south London’s Flat Iron Square as the home of raucous celebrations during England’s brilliant World Cup campaign. Now, for four days in October, beer will yet again be spilled (if somewhat less airborne) a their first-ever Oktoberfest celebration. Games, fancy dress and street food await – more information on their website.
3. Brixton Oktoberfest
This recurring pop-up at Brixton Jamm aims to blend the oompah of Bavaria with the cutting-edge techno of Berlin, to what effect, we will have to wait and see. The pints start flowing on Oct 6, 13 and 20 – find out more on the Brixton Jamm website.
4. Vegan Oktoberfest
The favourite Oktoberfest of animals everywhere, the beers are vegan, the street food is vegan, and probably even the musicians are vegan. It takes place at FEST Camden on Saturday, October 6, and there’s more information on their website.
5. Erdinger Oktoberfest @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
One of London’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations is set to take place in Hackney, with a huge beer hall popping up by the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. Hosting more than 3,000 guests at a time, it promises to be a big old party, and as it runs from September 27 to October 28, there’s plenty of opportunity to schedule a visit. Tickets start at £30. More information here.
6. Oktoberfest with City Cruises
For one night only, on October 4, City Cruises will be hosting a two-hour craft beer session aboard one of their boats as it makes its way along the Thames. Enjoy live music, night-time city views and five tastings of craft beer during the event. Tickets, from £25, are here.
7. ‘London Oktoberfest’ at Canary Wharf and Finsbury Park
There’s more Bavarian barminess to be found at this two-leg Oktoberfest event. They first welcome 2,500 beer-seekers to Millwall Park between October 4–7, before upping sticks to Finsbury Park for a 3,000-person, Halloween-themed event for Oct 11–14. Find out more here.