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Top 5: London Oktoberfest 2016
Top 5: London Oktoberfest 2016

Top 5: London Oktoberfest 2016

22 September 2016 Stephanie Brandhuber  | Top 5

We’re nearing the end of September soon which can only mean one thing – Oktoberfest! If you’re feeling bratwurst-envy thinking about all those Germans chugging on pils and scoffing down sausages, fear not for our great city is giving Munich a run for its money. London’s got a whole line-up of great Oktoberfest events, so grab your lederhosen, dust off your novelty stein and join in on the beer-drinking and wurst-eating fun.

German Gymnasium
Located in the heart of King’s Cross, this Grade II listed building from 1865 was once the meeting spot for the German Gymnastics Society, a sporting association established in London in 1861 by Ernst Ravenstein. Swapping balance beams for bratwursts, luxury restaurant group D&D have transformed this former sports hall into a temple of taste and elegance. The menu features a host of German delicacies and, between now and October 2nd, the German Gymnasium will be serving up a special Oktoberfest Terrace Menu which includes an impressive variety of beers and sausages, as well as Schweinshaxen (pork knuckles), and Leberkas (Bavarian meat loaf). Sehr gut!


Image Credit: Ewan Munro
 
The German Gymnasium is located at King's Blvd, London N1C 4BU. To view their menu, visit them online.

Oktober Feast
For fantastisch fun and food, get down to Oktober Feast in Canada Water where Hawker House has curated a list of over 50 different brews to delight your tastebuds. From Brooklyn to Bermondsey, Camden to Cologne, Munich to Maryland, you’ll be spoilt for choice with their impressive selection of craft beers. If that’s not enough to get you rushing to put on your lederhosen, Oktober Feast will also be featuring a wide selection of delectable street food options, including Bleecker St., HotBox, and Prawnography. On top of all this, you have the option to buy a World Cup Final of Beer tasting ticket for two to share, which gives you two ‘Ein Steins’ to kick off and 20 ¼ pint beer tastes from a world-class 11-a-side line-up.
 
Oktober Feast will take place from 29th September – 1st October 2016 and is located at Hawker House, Canada Street, London SE16 7PJ. Tickets start from £16.05 (including booking fee) and can be bought online.
 
German Delicatessen
Feeling inspired to throw your own Oktoberfest feast? Then head over to the German Deli in Borough Market for all your Bavarian necessities. With an impressive array of fresh produce, packaged goods, and regional fare, the German Deli will give your festivities a true, authentic feel. The German Deli also boasts a staggeringly large selection of wursts, which will definitely give new meaning to the term “sausage party.”


 
The German Delicatessen has a stall in Borough Market and also has a shop located at 3 Park St, Borough, London SE1 9AB. You can also order from them online.
 
Katzenjammers
This lively basement bar is a wonderful modernist take on a Bavarian Bierkeller. Located just around the corner from Borough Market, stepping into Katzenjammers is like joining in on a never-ending Oktoberfest party. While lederhosen-clad staff pour out massive steins of Germany’s finest beers, you can relax in a truly authentic atmosphere with long wooden tables and an energetic oom-pah band that plays every Thursday to Saturday night. Katzenjammers recently expanded their space to include a Bierhall which not only seats an additional 200 people, but also includes a sausage bar for all your meat-eating needs.


 
Katzenjammers is located at The Hop Exchange, 24 Southwark St, London SE1 1TY. To see their menu and full list of events, visit them online.
 
Bavarian Beerhouse
If the thought of missing out on actual Oktoberfest in Germany is breaking your heart, there’s only one place to head: the Bavarian Beerhouse. With two locations in Tower Hill and Old Street, this bastion of Bavaria is as authentic an Oktoberfest experience as you’ll hope to get in London. Does stuffing yourself full of sausages while waitresses (with dubious German accents) wearing dirndls bring you massive steins full of beer sound like your idea of heaven? If so, don’t delay in oom-popping yourself down to the Bavarian Beerhouse straight away. From September 21st – October 22nd, there will be special Oktoberfest deals on Wednesdays to Saturdays, so there’s even more reason to visit this wonderful Bavarian beer palace. Ja, bitte!
 
The Bavarian Beerhouse Old Street is located at 190 City Rd, London EC1V 2QH and the Tower Hill location is at 9 Crutched Friars, London EC3N 2AU. To see their menu and a full list of events, visit them online.

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