The best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in London

September 23, 2021Amy Hughes0

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.


Ealing & Hammersmith (20 Oct-5 Nov)
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Roll up your sleeves and get stuck into a good stein of German beer with these three Oktoberfest events: First up is Walpole Park in Ealing from October 20–23. Then Oktoberfest takes a spookier turn at the Halloween-themed event at Lillie Road Recreation Ground in Hammersmith (27-30 Oct). Wrapping things up is one last chance for a late-autumn knees-up at Lillie Road Recreation Ground once again, from 3-5 Nov.

Walpole Park, Mattock Ln, W5 5EQ. 22-23 Oct / Lille Road Recreation Ground, SW6 7PD. 27-30 Oct & 3-5 Nov. Entry £5-£65 with VIP packages available.


The London Bierfest at Old Billingsgate Market (6-7 Oct)


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Held in the historic venue of Old Billingsgate Market, this Bierfest on 6 and 7 October is a cut above. Book your table and sit back (or get your moves on) to enjoy an abundance of live music, dancing, aerial acts and other entertainment, plus premium unlimited beer steins from ABK Beer and authentic German cuisine including Frankfurters and Bratwurst.

Old Billingsgate Market, Lower Thames St, EC3. 6-7 Oct. Entry £169-£189. T: 020-7836 1033.


Wunderbar! Pergola Paddington (30 Sep-30 Oct)


Pergola Paddington is west London’s largest al fresco drinking and dining destination and, as such, is the perfect place to raise a stein with friends and exclaim ‘Prost!’ for Oktoberfest (to 30 Oct). Decorated with barrels of flowers, streamers and garlands, Wunderbar will offer guests a good old fashioned knees-up in the beer hall or Beer Booths for more privacy.  There will be a series of fun events, too, including a Halloween Sunday Party. Expect live DJ sets, a Barvarian Oom-pah band and Camden Brewery’s  Wunderbeer, brewed specially for the occasion, as well as Wurst specials. Fancy dress is encouraged so crack out those lederhosen!

Pergola Paddington, 5 Kingdom St, W2 6PY. To 30 Oct. Entry from free-£35; varies depending on the day of the week and package selected. T: 020-8187 1035.


Oktoberfest at Design District (7-8 Oct)
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Greenwich Peninsula’s Design District Canteen offers a variety of street food and drink and much more at this year’s Oktoberfest, a two-day party from 7-8 October. Tuck into German hotdogs and craft beers, among other treats, and dance the night away to live music and DJ sets.

Design District, 7 Soames Walk, SE10 0AX. 7-8 Oct. Free entry. T: 020-3981 2426.


Oktoberfest by the Riverside
(8, 15 & 22 Oct)


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. This year’s Pink Oktoberfest, the UK’s largest ‘Queer Beer Festival’, will take place on Saturday 8 October with Geordie Drag Queen Ginger Johnson playing host for the evening. Here you can let go and enjoy playing games galore as well as DJ sets, drag shows, lip syncs and delicious German food and beer at this LGBTQI+ event.

Between the Bridges, Queen’s Walk, SE1. 8, 5, 22 Oct. From £16.80 to £22.40. 


Munich Cricket Club (various locations; 15 Sep-31 Oct)

Music, steins, games, fun and dancing on the tables. The first 40 people to enter will enjoy a free glass of limited edition Oktoberfest bier on 15, 22 and 29 September. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, expect an eccentric accordionist from 7pm and Oompah band from 8pm at both Victoria and Tower Hill. You might also be in with a chance of winning a trip of a lifetime to Munich’s Springfest 2023 when entering the competition.

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


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