The Best Oktoberfest Parties Happening In London 2023

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 8 months ago

Last Updated 12 September 2023

The Best Oktoberfest Parties Happening In London 2023

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London Oktoberfest  2023: An oompah band plays on stage to a packed audience
Dust off your lederhosen. Es ist zeit. Image: Camden Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest: who needs Munich when there's so much lager/sausage/lederhosen action right on our doorstep? Follow the sounds of oompah music, or (probably easier) check out our guide here.

Oktoberfest @ German Gymnasium (15 Sept-31 Oct)

Three men in lederhosen drinking steins of beer with a table of German food in front of them
German Gymnasium has a special Oktoberfest menu on for one and a half months.

Given its teutonic title, it's only right that King's Cross' German Gymnasium gets stuck into the Oktoberfest action. Spruced up with Bavarian decorations, the beautiful restaurant (which really did used to be a gym used by Germans) is pouring ABK Beer, and serving an 'Oktoberfest Spezialitäten' menu, featuring the likes of Hendl mit kartoffelsalat (half roast chicken with potato salad) and Scwheinebraten (pork belly roll roast with beer sauce, cabbage and dumplings). On Friday evenings between 15 Sept-31 Oct, there'll also be a live oompah band.

Pengefest (16 Sept)

Bringing the village fete vibes to Oktoberfest, one-day-only Pengefest fills Penge's Empire Square with brass beats from the London Oompah Band, and brews from Penge brewery Southey. In 2022, there was also toy dog racing and a game of 'Guess the German wine' — and we hope for more of the same hijinks in 2023. This is one Oktoberfest you can bring the kids to, and money goes towards St Christopher's Hospice, too.

Oktoberfest @ Bermondsey Bierkeller (16 Sept-28 Oct)

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at this Bavarian-themed beer hall by London Bridge, you can sink a Paulaner or drei, to the sounds of live oompah, plus DJs. There's currywurst, schnitzels and German doner kebab for soakage, while entertainment includes shuffle board, interactive darts, pool, foosball, ping pong and drinking games. Oh ja.

London Oktoberfest  2023: An oompah bands plays in the background, behind a bar
Bermondsey Bierkeller's doing a month and a half of Oktoberfest partying. Image: Bermondsey Bierkeller

Oktoberfest @ Munich Cricket Club (16 Sept-31 Oct)

"Music, steins, games, fun and dancing on the tables" are promised at Munich Cricket Club, which is in fact three cavernous drinking halls across London (Victoria, Canary Wharf and Tower Hill). For big groups, kegs of beer between 5 and 50 litres are available. Catch the madness on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays for the month-and-a-half stint.

London Oktoberfest (21-23 Sept, 19-21 Oct, 26-28 Oct and 2-4 Nov)

This one's essentially four separate Oktoberfest parties, on weekends between the end of September and the start of November. London Oktoberfest's giant tents will pitch up in Normand Park, Hammersmith (21-23 Sept); Walpole Park, Ealing (19-21 Oct); then spend two weekends in Finsbury Square in the City (26-28 Oct, a Halloween special), and 2-4 Nov. We're told 30,000 revellers descend on these beery blowouts each year, to chug a few cold ones, scoff schnitzel and stomp their feet to brassy Bavarian music. Plenty of chances to take get involved, anyway!

London Oktoberfest  2023: Three young women pose with beer steins
London Oktoberfest is BIG. Image: London Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest @ Between the Bridges (22, 23, 29 and 30 Sept)

Between the Bridges — an encampment of food, drink and entertainment on the South Bank — hosts four days of Oktoberfest events this year, featuring Massaoke (think karaoke but MASSIVE) on 23 and 30 Sept, and the legendary Old Dirty Brasstards on 22 and 29 Sept. There's also teutonic street food, and the ticket price includes a free beer stein (we'd hope with some beer in it).

Cronxtoberfest (28 Sept onwards)

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We're not entirely sure what central Croydon taproom the Cronx Tap has up its sleeve for Oktoberfest, but it'd seem an extended season of German style beers are on the cards.

Wunderbar @ Pergola Paddington (28 Sept-29 Oct)

Pergola Paddington moonlights as a Munich bier hall for an entire month, bringing "a horn-blaring, stein-sloshing Bavarian knees up" to west London. From 28 September-29 October, Wunderbar is open Wednesday to Sundays, bringing all the usual gemütlichkeit of the season — plus, each weekend, bottomless brunch comes with a side of oompah.

Oktoberfest @ Signal Brewery (30 Sept)

Another Croydon taproom raising a stein to the season is Signal, promising to bring Munich feels to their industrial estate home for a one-off beery beano. At time of writing, details are still a tad nebulous — keep an eye on their social for the deets.

Oktoberfest and Big Bad Bavarian Brunch @ Bar Elba (30 Sept and 6-7 Oct)

Is 11am too early to start on the steins? Nein, not according to Waterloo's Bar Elba, it's not. This rooftop bar is hosting two Big Bad Bavarian Brunches (30 Sept, 7 Oct) where they're inviting you to get 'totally schlossed' with 90 mins of steins on tap (seriously though: drink responsibly). Morning cornflakes make way for bockwurst and kartoffel salad, while entertainment includes a pretzel toss, Bavarian bingo and a sausage-off (daren't ask). There are also three Oktoberfest events (30 Sept, 6 and 7 Oct), for those who don't fancy hitting the suds until a little later on in the day.

London Oktoberfest  2023: Loads of people partying in a bier hall arena, with purple lighting
London Bierfest is a more corporate event, with high end entertainment

Camden Oktoberfest (30 Sept and 7, 14, 21 Oct and 28 Oct)

Camden Oktoberfest is a veritable beano of Bavarian bacchanalia, lubricated with great quantities of Spaten and Löwenbräu — served up by folk in dirndl and lederhosen at a makeshift beerhall in Electric Ballroom. The beats in this case come from the eight-piece No Limit Street Band, who play pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, funk and soul, but make it brass.

People partying hard in a theatre setting
Oktoberfest Brixton takes place every Saturday of October

Oktoberfest Brixton (7, 14, 21 Oct and 28 Oct)

Electric Brixton is cracking out the wooden tables and festive bunting every Saturday in October, for its seasonal celebrations. German Jukebox ignite the party with their brassy shenanigans, and there's also Bavarian street food, and gallons of beer from Spaten, Löwenbräu and Becks.

Oktoberfest @ Bush Hall (13 Oct)

Shepherd's Bush's grand Bush Hall marks Oktoberfest for one night only, with a classic Bavarian blowout feat. steins, brass bands and... an interactive quiz.

London Bierfest (19 and 20 Oct)

Over 3,000 revellers enjoy the live music and unlimited steins of ABK Beer at two-dayer, London Bierfest — held in Old Billingsgate. The food is hearty Bavarian fare (think bratwurst & sauerkraut balls, beef frankfurters) and the entertainment takes things up a notch with  fire dancers and aerial acrobats (don't worry, there's oompah too). With tables from £169 per person, this one's geared more towards the hospitality market.

London Oktoberfest  2023: Two women in trad Bavarian clothing pose with a David Hasselhoff cut out
Everyone's favourite German, er, David Hasselhoff. Image: Camden Okotoberfest

Kraft Dalston Oktoberfest (21 Oct)

London's own German-style brewery, German Kraft, hosts a one-off Oktoberfest party at its hip Dalston bar. We're told to expect a "modern take on Germanness" (we think that means techno), alongside steins of beer, and ⅓ tasting flights if you'd like to taste more and drink less.

Oktoberfest pubs and bier halls in London

A few other places in London where it's ALWAYS Oktoberfest...

London Oktoberfest  2023: People drink outside beneath bunting
Bullfinch Brewery is ideal for a super lowkey Oktoberfest. Image: Londonist

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. Every Thurs-Sat, the place practically shakes with the sounds of brass bands.

Bierschenke in Covent Garden is another full-time tribute to the hallowed drinking halls of Munich — dishing up icy serves of Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr alongside flammkuchen (basically German pizza), haxe (pork knuckle) and plenty of vegan options. In 2023 they're doing their own Oktoberfest from 20 Sept-4 Nov (it's free venue entry as usual), with the bunting up and live music rocking the house (although the latter is standard here every Saturday night anyway).

German Kraft (also see above) is a London-based brewery which produces German-styles beers made to ancient purity laws (including helles, hefeweizen and keller lagers). They're stationed in a number of venues across London: Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle, the stunning Mercato Mayfair, and bars in Dalston and Brixton. In fact you can hardly escape them, and that's hardly a bad thing.

Bullfinch Brewery in Herne Hill is by no means a beer hall, but this taproom beneath the arches has a teutonic bent, often festooned with Bundesflagges, and boasting a solid range of Franconian beers in the fridge. Perfect for a super lowkey Oktoberfest.