It is officially October and that means one thing only - the return of Oktoberfest.
The German celebration, which originates from celebrations held for the 19th century marriage of the King Louis I to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausenin, is traditionally held for 16 days and ends on the first Sunday in October, but luckily for us, London pubs and bars don’t seem to be following the tradition to the letter and there are a number of events where people can sink a few beers and bratwursts in the capital.
Here are few of the best events and parties happening throughout the month:
Vauxhall Beer Garden
On every Saturday and Sunday in October, Vauxhall will transform its beer garden to celebrate the event. Expect long beer tables and oompah brass bands as well as a delicious selection of pretzels and currywurst to soak up the booze.
On October 2, 16 and 23, comedians, comperes and DJs will attend a pop-up event at Electric Brixton where you can sink from steins and have a generally good time.
Wunderbar, Pergola Paddington
And those north of the river can also enjoy a taste of German culture. Their events run for six weeks and include a LGBT+ Oktoberfest party and bottomless “Wunderbrunches”. Camden Town Brewery have made a special collaborative beer, and there’s a chance to win free beer for a year.
Who can say no to that?
Brick Lane Bier Fest
In east London, Brick Lane Tap Room is also hosting two parties on the Halloween weekend. When you buy a ticket, you even get a free pint thrown in. Not too shabby.
Dock X, Canada Water
With a dance floor, music, tents, food and drink, Dock X will make Canada Water more Germany Water this month with two events in November. Who said Oktoberfest had to happen in October? The same organiser is also running a party in Ealing.
Oktoberfest at the Bermondsey Bierkeller
This event combines the usual food and drink with some fun games like pool interactive darts, ping pong and more. There will also be live entertainment throughout weekend dates until 16 October.
Going to a club that gives you a complimentary bratwurst upon entry sounds rather an end of the night than a beginning of the night move. Nevertheless this is exactly what is happening in Infernos, Clapham, at their events this month.
As well as in London, there are a number of big events happening in other cities in the UK including Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cardiff as well as smaller celebrations in areas like Kent so there is really somewhere for everyone to celebrate all things German.
So there you have it: everything you need to know to get you through the beer-filled season. Enjoy!