Love nothing more than a bratwurst and a stein of Germany’s finest lager? If you can’t make it to Munich this year, you can still join in the Oktoberfest fun in the capital.
Oktoberfest is coming to Hoxton, east London, starting on Thursday 20th and running through to Saturday 22nd October. Hoxtoberfest will be creating a multi-room Bavarian extravaganza, taking over a whole block of canal side warehouses and yards at Hoxton Docks, complete with Herman Ze German hearty fare, Berliner and Erdinger beers on tap to wash it all down. The festival will also feature a live music space, decked out like a traditional Oktoberfest tent. Lederhosen optional. Tickets start at £30 and come with Herman ze German snack and a 1L stein! www.hoxtoberfest.com.
London Oktoberfest, Millwall Park
If you can’t make it to Munich, head to the next best thing – London Oktoberfest! More than 50,000 guests each year head to the event in Millwall Park; the biggest Oktoberfest in the UK. They’ll have live music, full Oktoberfest decoration and a giant authentic Oktoberfest Tent. Naturally, waitresses and waiters will be dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen. www.london-oktoberfest.co.uk/
From Thursday 6th October, Ze Basement Bar in Herman’s Fitzrovia home will be transformed into an Oktoberfest haven to host the festivities on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for four weeks only. Try the tasty bratmeister (as hearty as it sounds) and wash it down with a refreshing cocktail from their new menu (if you want to take a break from beer!). We loved the Hugo, with mint, Prosecco and gin. www.www.hermanzegerman.com/
Munich Cricket Club, Westminster
Get ready for some Oompah music! Five weeks of German shenanigans kick off from September 21st at this new authentic German bar in Victoria. There’ll be special-edition beer, an Oktoberfest menu, plus best-dressed and stein-carrying competitions to make the most of. www.munichcricketclub.co.uk/
London’s only Munich Beer Hall, authentic Bierschenke is a popular spot for Oktoberfest revelry. From Wednesday to Saturday, each week staff in traditional Lederhosen and Dirndls will be serving German beer, together with meat and sausages from their butcher in Bavaria. www.bierschenke.co.uk/
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