No need to go to Munich for Oktoberfest these days — London offers plenty of oompah-blaring, pils-swigging, sausage-chewing action. Here are the best places to get your stein on this autumn.
Kraft Beer Oktoberfest, Mercato Metropolitano (21-23 September)
Choose from 16 local craft beers, and sup them from steins at Kraft Beer, near Elephant and Castle. Kraft's own beer takes 400-year old recipes, and makes them with state-of-the-art water purity methods — so in theory it's up there with some of the German greats. Entry to each session costs £10 and includes one pint of beer (presumably not a stein then). Info and tickets
Erdinger Oktoberfest, Queen Elizabeth Park (27 September-28 October)
One of Germany's most beloved weiss beer brands is doing a month-long knie-up in the Olympic Park. Over 200 tables sit 3,000+ revellers at a time, entertained by a glut of German bands — and able to fill their faces with Bavarian white sausage, pork knuckle, plus various Erdinger incarnations. On 7 October there's a special Pink Oktoberfest, featuring drag acts and fairground rides. Info and tickets
Oktoberfesten at Flat Iron Square (3-6 October)
Hip new foodie destination Flat Iron Square (near Borough Market) gets in on the Oktoberfest action with a four-day blowout, featuring guest German beers, live bands and street food. We assume at least one variety of said street food will include sausage. Info and tickets
London Oktoberfest 2018, Millwall Park (4-14 October) and Finsbury Park (18-31 October)
A giant Oktoberfest tent lands first in the Isle of Dogs, followed by Finsbury Park — stuffed with long tables, gallons of beer and some serious oompah. Lederhosen-sporting waiters and dirndl-wearing waitresses shuttle beers to your table. The Finsbury Park party has a Halloween theme, which you'll want to dress up for. Tickets range from nowt (it's free entry on Sundays) to £60 for the VIP package. Tickets and info
Brixton Oktoberfest (6, 13, and 20 October)
No excuse to miss this Oktoberfest shindig — it's repeating on three Saturdays in October. The usual lager and meat offerings are accompanied by bier stein pong and an 'immersive' Berlin techno experience (Berlin's in Bavaria, right?). Can we suggest they rephrase 'wenches at your benches' though. Not cool. Tickets and info
Oktoberfest Comes to London, Clapham Grand (6 October)
For one day only, The Clapham Grand reverberates with the sound of clinking steins and Teutonic sing-alongs. There is sausage. There are pretzels. Oh yes, there's also beer. Info and tickets
The Official Camden Oktoberfest, Electric Ballroom (13 and 20 October)
The Electric Ballroom is transformed into a traditional Bavarian beerhall — bunting and all — for what will probably be another sell-out year for this ever-popular party. The music is particularly good — courtesy of Old Dirty Brasstards. Tickets and info
London Bierfest, Old Billingsgate Market (18-19 October)
The striking surroundings of Old Billingsgate Market turn Teutonic for two days — as lashings of Bitburger, Wernesgruner Pilsner, Benediktiner and other such nectar are served up. It seems this one's more of a corporate do, as you need to buy tickets as tables of 10 (and these don't come cheap). Info and tickets
Oktoberfest pubs and bier halls in London
At some places in London, it's ALWAYS Oktoberfest...
The Octoberfest Pub in Fulham serves over 60 different beers, has an all-you-can-eat sausage Thursday, and screens Bayern Munich matches. Any time you're pining for Bavaria, this is where to head.
Bierschenke in the City has four exclusively-brewed varieties of Bierschenke beer at the bar, plus a weighty menu of other German brews on draft and in the bottle — oh, and schnapps for good measure. Soak it up with plenty of schnitzel.
Bavarian Beerhouse has locations in Tower Hill and Old Street — and with perennial Oktoberfest experience, claim it runs the best-organised events in town. Real glasses and cutlery, swift service, no queuing and no muddy floors have been promised. Pressure's on.
Katzenjammers near London Bridge are no strangers to a bierhall-style blowout, boasting a menu that's sourced fresh from Bavaria every week by German chefs.