Celebrating Oktoberfest in the capital? For lager-soaked, lederhosen-slapping, pretzel-noshing fun, head to one of these fantastic London venues. From breweries serving up overflowing steins of authentic German beer to ski-lodge-style venues for your big Bavarian bash, here’s where it’s at this year:
Lederhosen at the ready! For the ultimate Oktoberfest experience, get down to this Alpine-inspired venue in Kensington. Think sharing cocktails served in ski boots, warming chalet cuisine and a touch of post-ski slope debauchery. What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than tucking into mountains of pretzels and deliciously gooey fondue, while dirndl-clad waitresses serve you huge mugs of foamy beer? And if you want to turn the kitsch factor up a notch or two, Bodo’s Schloss is happy to provide a couple of canine hosts to welcome your guests.
Looking to quench your thirst for beer this Oktoberfest? Barsmith’s a great place for a slurp of the action. Serving up a wide range of craft beer and ales, this vibrant Farringdon venue uses the latest cellar technology and beer taps to ensure their draft is poured exactly as the brewer intends. And the best bit? Barsmith caters for groups of up to 100.
After that famous Munich beer hall atmosphere? If you’ve got a Germanic hankering for a foaming stein or hearty favourites, like tasty currywurst and juicy pork knuckle, this King’s Cross venue can’t be beat. Gallons of bier and comforting Mittel-European dishes will see you foot-tapping and thigh-slapping in no time.
Haven’t made it out to the slopes this year? Not to worry, save yourself a thousand quid and make your way to the Alpine Lodge at Dinerama. This bustling Shoreditch venue boasts log-burning fires, not-quite mountain views and toasty aprés-ski vibes. With room for up to 200, there’s no better place for the ultimate beer-fuelled bash this Oktoberfest.
If you want to avoid the flight to Munich this year, celebrating Oktoberfest at the Brewhouse in London Fields is a great option. Think Bavarian beats, craft beers (don’t forget to bring your own stein!) and tables fashioned from kegs. An authentic taste of Germany from the comfort of an east London bar stool – what’s not to love?
6. Hawker House
Planning a beer-soaked Bavarian bash? Dust off your dirndl and launder your lederhosen because this Oktoberfest, Hawker House will transform into a bustling indoor beer hall. If brilliant biers and fantastisch street food traders sound like your idea of good time, then check out this popular Canada Water venue.
Grassy tents not really your thing? The Loft at 47/49 Tanner Street is the perfect space for pils-chugging antics or even a German oompah band! And the really good news? This lovely venue is able to host a boozy Oktoberfest party for up to 225 – what better place to indulge a Teutonic sense of hedonism?