Give Munich a miss, and prepare to oompah at these London Oktoberfest parties.
Expect large glasses of foaming wheat beer, brass bands, lederhosen everywhere and big ole’ bratwursts. Prost!
Taking over the Last Days of Shoreditch space off Old Street, this Oktoberfest party promises a raucous take on the format with a German breakdancing troupe, Oompah band, magicians and fancy dress to put on, along with plenty of beer and schnitzels and the rest. It’s on this weekend (Fri Sep 29 – Sat Sep 30) so don’t hang about! Get your tickets here.
2) Erdinger German Oktoberfest, Greenwich Peninsula
Popping up next to the O2 Arena from Thursday, Oct 5 to October 22, this 3,000 person beer hall promises all the Erdinger beer you can handle and plenty of Bavarian cuisine too. There’ll be live bands on some nights, while on October 15 the venue goes fully glam for Pink Oktoberfest, with rainbows, drag queens, lip sync battles, game shows and rave karaoke among the highlights.
3) London Oktoberfest, Milwall Park
This 3,000-capacity beer tent launches tonight (Thursday, Sep 27) running on Thursday-Sunday nights for the next two weeks, until October 8. You can find it in Milwall Park, not too far from Canary Wharf. Seems stein to us.
4) Hackney Oktoberfest
This two-day, two-venue party is about as German as the Queen… wait, that’s not a good example. But what it lacks in Teutonic authenticity, they promise to make up for in good times. On Friday, Oct 6, a party at London Fields Brewery runs ’til 2am with bands, house and disco DJs, their own-brewed beer and street food from the Sausage Man. A couple of weeks later on Saturday, Oct 21, the fun moves to Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick, this time with a funk, soul and reggae-inspired musical line-up, a host of different beers, but the same sweet German sausage. Mmmm… sausage.