Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in London 2019

Billie Manning

The yearly German beer festival takes over London this month, and you know what they say: you can lead a Londoner to beer, but you’ll never be able to stop them drinking. With that in mind, here's a list of the best (and never the wurst) Oktoberfest events to make an a-beer-ance at.

The Official Camden Oktoberfest
For the 4th Camden Oktoberfest, the Electric Ballroom will be decked out every Saturday with long wooden tables and bunting fit for a decadent bohemian schloss. Waitresses and waiters dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen will be on hand to keep all steins filled to the brim, and there will be a live drum and brass band, later followed by DJs and dancing. With all that on offer, it’s sure to score at least a nein out of ten.
28 September - 19 October, Camden
With a capacity of over 3000 and running every Thursday-Saturday throughout October, Doktober is one of the biggest Oktoberfest events in the capital, and is certain to be lager than life. This is one of the more classic Oktoberfest celebrations to be found in the city, with traditionally dressed servers as well as German dishes like pork knuckle and apple strudel on the menu. Plus, an LGBT night on 12 October - prost!
3 – 27 October, Dock X

Oktoberfest South London
Some might say Brixton is the Bavaria of London - at least, they're both in the south and begin with B. Head down to Electric Brixton for eclectic Oompah band goodness, plenty of south German beer and a vivacious atmosphere.

28 September & 19 October, Brixton

Bierschenke Oktoberfest
Bierschenke is always good for a Deutsch knees-up, and they're throwing a whole seven weeks of Oktoberfest, Wednesday to Saturday. Bierchenke will also be hosting a couple of special nights at selected venues, including Spooktoberfest, for a chillingly German Halloween, and Queerschenke Gay Oktoberfest, hosted by the fabulous Vanity von Glow.

18 September - 2 November, various locations

Octoberfest Pub
You don't have to wait until October for Oktoberfest. The Octoberfest Pub in West London is home to the biggest selection of German beers in London - more than 60 - there's authentic Bavarian cuisine and their big band nights are every Saturday. Of course, the vibe is biggest and best during Oktoberfest, so grab your lederhosen and get down.

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