FeatureNewsThe best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in London

September 23, 20210

Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world running from mid- to late September and into October. More than six million people from around the world attend the Munich event every year but this year, celebrate at these top events in London and beyond. Prost!

 

Bierschenke at Blomfield Street (23 Sep-6 Nov 2021)

 

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Kicking off from 23 Sep, Bierschenke’s pop-up events at Blomfield Street are the Home of Oktoberfest in London, according to their website. This is London’s authentic Munich Beer Hall, serving a taste of Bavaria with traditional German food all washed down with steins of beer, of course. With background Oompah music and a warm Munich welcome, it’s the Bierschenke way.

4 London Wall Buildings, Blomfield St, EC2M 5NT. 23 Sep-6 Nov. Entry is free. www.bierschenke.co.uk

 

Canada Water and West Kensington (30 Sep-3 Oct)
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A trio of Bavarian barminess awaits at venues across the capital. First up is Canary Wharf (1-3 and 7-9 Oct), then Oktoberfest takes a spookier turn at the Halloween-themed event at Walpole Park in Ealing from October 28–31. Wrapping things up is one last chance for a late-autumn knees-up at Canada Water on 4-6 and 11-13 Nov.

Canada Water Cafe, 40 Surrey Quays Rd, SE16 7DX | Walpole Park, Mattock Ln, W5 5EQ. 1-3, 7-9 and 28-31 Oct, 4-6 and 11-13 Nov. Entry £5-£65 with VIP packages available. www.london-oktoberfest.co.uk

 

Bierfest at Old Billingsgate Market (7-8 Oct)

 

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The gorgeous historic venue of Old Billingsgate Market will be unrecognisable after its traditional Bavarian transformation. Running since 2003, this event becomes more popular every year. Expect an abundance of live music, dancing and other entertainment, plus premium unlimited beer steins such as Bitburger Pilsner and Wernesgrunger Pilsner.

Old Billingsgate Market, Lower Thames St, EC3. T: 020-7836 1033. www.thelondonbierfest.com

 

Wunderbar! Pergola Paddington (18 Sep-31 Oct) 

 

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Pergola Paddington has transformed into a majestic beer hall festooned with rich reds and greens and bursting with flower-laden barrels. The horn-blaring, stein-sloshing Bavarian knees-up is on for 6 weeks. Serving up real German beers, delicious Bavarian food and a hearty helping of ‘Gemütlichkeit’; that sense of comfort and wellbeing you can only get belting out Sweet Caroline amongst friends! Lose yourself with live Oom-Pah bands and DJs playing the biggest singalong hits while you enjoy the exclusive Oktoberfest Beer brewed by Camden Town.

Pergola Paddington, 5 Kingdom St, W2 6PY. 18 Sep-31 Oct. Entry from free-£250; varies depending on the day of the week and package selected. T: 020-8187 1035. www.pergolapaddington.com.

 

Oktoberfest at Design District (1-10 Oct)
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Be one of the first to try the fresh, nutritious, delicious street food at Greenwich Peninsula’s new hub Design District Canteen. Listen to German music playing all night long over the different weekends and come hungry for the German spread like no other. Tuck into food from Toasted, by The Great British Charcuterie Sandwich & Cheese Bar. Putting on a selection of cured meats, Oktoberfest raclette special and traditional German bratwurst with a selection of homemade condiments, curried sauces and special toppings to soak up all the booze.

Design District, 7 Soames Walk, SE10 0AX. 1-10 Oct. Free entry. T: 020-3981 2426. www.designdistrict.co.uk/canteen

 

Brick Lane Bier Fest (29-31 Oct)

Brick Lane’s Tap Room is hosting a beer bonanza like no other. Taking place across both the taproom and the warehouse behind it, Brick Lane Bier Fest is set in a cavernous beer hall throughout the Halloween weekend. Enjoy a stellar line-up hosted by cabaret performer Eva Von Schnippisch, the house band will be Freddie And The Freeloaders, who’ll be playing funk classics, and Tiana Biscuit who will be on hand for any Broadway-worthy queen needs. And this year brings the first ever fancy dress parade with prizes for those who make the effort!

Brick Lane Tap Room, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL. 29-31 Oct. From £15, includes a pint. www.bricklanetaproom.co.uk

 

Oktoberfest by the Riverside (1-2 and 8-9 Oct)

 

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Between The Bridges is home to London’s largest outdoor drinking area, sensational street food, legendary DJs, mini-golf, Colombian throwing game Tejo, themed markets and Drag Brunches. And in October, it’s also home to Oktoberfest. Grab your pals for a stein-fuelled evening with a view. Belt out top tunes played by the live band, Massaoke. Or groove to the eclectic mix of pop and R&B played by Old Dirty Brasstards, the tweed-clad 10-piece drum and brass powerhouse. Guilty Pleasures DJs bring a glorious, all-singing, all-dancing mix of pop, power ballads and R&B bangers. If you’re feeling hungry after all that activity there’ll be plenty of street food with a German twist on offer and, of course, an abundance of beer.

Between the Bridges, Queen’s Walk, SE1. 1-2 and 8-9 Oct. £20, includes a beer stein. www.betweenthebridges.co.uk 

 

Big Bavarian Brunch, Victoria & Canary Wharf (every Sat-Sun from 25 Sep)

 

A Bavarian bottomless brunch will transport you to Germany in no time. Enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless bier, Munich-mosas and cocktails served in your own Munich Cricket Club Boot. At the Munich Cricket Club, they’re serving up schnitzel and sausage sharing boards with all the classic trimmings, proper Bavarian entertainment, Oompah music, cheesy euro-pop and lots of sing-along-songs. Can you think of a better way to brunch?

1 Abbey Orchard St, Victoria, SW1P 2LU / West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AE. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct. Tickets from £33. www.munichcricketclub.co.uk

 

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