London is the ultimate city to munch your way around the world, so it only makes sense to carry on that tradition and take a gastronomical trek around Germany. Whether you’d like to sample schnitzel or you want noch ein Bier, bitte (‘another beer please!’) here is our roundup of the best Bavarian beerhalls and places serving Deutsch delicacies in the capital. Prost!
Another one from the creative team behind The Number Group (with their successful sister company, Number 90 in Hackney Wick), Bar 177 is a hotspot for art, music and German food and drink. Its industrial-style design echoes the famous Berlin bar scene, as a graffiti wall separates the restaurant and bar from the dance area – great for working off all that currywurst and weissbier! Speaking of which, their menu definitely has a strong German accent, with schnitzel burgers and jagermeister ice cream, plus vegetarian and vegan options. Number 177 strives to be a vital part of the community, welcoming in local artists, DJs and musicians and hosting a number of workshops and events.
177 Hoxton St, N1 6PJ
Herman ze German
Herman ze German came about as the answer to the age-old question, “Where can I get a decent German sausage in this country?” So Azadeh and Florian brought the solution to the UK in 2008, importing sausages from their Black Forest family butcher to sell in a Brighton pub. Fast forward many, many years later, they’ve succeeded in educating the crowds through the Herman, growing from one trailer at festivals, to two London restaurants plus zillions of die-hard Herman connoisseurs with an appreciation for the good old fashioned German banger.
19 Villiers St, WC2N 6ND (Charing Cross), 33 Old Compton St, W1D 5JU (Soho) and 43 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RS (Fitzrovia)
Photo credit: Migration Museum Project
‘London’s coolest Bierkeller’ has a new basement! Great excuse to get down with their legendary Oom-Pah bands and live up to challenge of working your way through their 39 authentic biers, including a choice of Floris mango, apple, cherry, strawberry or passionfruit for those keen to maintain their five-a-day. Also, did you know? The Germans really take it home in the wine department – perfect place to get all giddy over a Gewurtztraminer.
24 Southwark St, SE1 1TY
If you don’t have time for Atkins, we salute you! So get down to The Bäkehaus in Hammersmith. Even if it’s you only have time for a cheeky lunch special, you won’t miss out on a taste of authentic Germany, with a choice of delicacies available, from Fleischkäsen, to Frikadellen, to Schnitzel and beyond. There’s also a selection of gourmet German cakes for those with a strong sweet tooth.
71 King St, W6 9HW
Photo credit: Gordon Joly
The Bavarian Beerhouse
You’d be hard pressed to get more German in London than the city’s first ever Bavarian Oktoberfest restaurant and bar. Since 2005, city workers and locals have been flocking to sip from the ever-flowing fountain of German classics, such as Krombacher Pils Bier, Erdinger Wheat Bier and Jägermeister. More than just a restaurant and bar, The Bavarian Beerhouse is home to the world’s longest Oktober fest, at a staggering eight weeks a year. Didn’t get round to planning that holiday to Germany this year? No worries! All of their authentically sourced German biers and meats are served to you by their lovely, German-speaking staff in traditional Bavarian dress (Lederhosen and Dirndls), so you’re basically halfway there.