Originally celebrated in Munich in 1810, Oktoberfest has become a German institution both at home and abroad. Characterised by the copious drinking of ‘steins’ - or 1-litre jugs of beer - this Southern German festival is usually accompanied by Bratwurst, schnitzel and a large lederhosen-wearing contingent. There are a number of celebrations around London but the most popular by far is the 50,000 strong Oktoberfest in London festival held in Canary Wharf. Featuring all of your favourite German schlager performed by live bands, there are even lederhosen and dirndl for you to hire if you really want to enter into the Oktoberfest spirit!
Oktoberfest in London takes place in Millwall Park in East London’s Canary Wharf. The best way to travel to the venue is via DLR (Docklands Light Railway) with Island Gardens, Mudchute and Crossharbour being the nearest stations. Organise your trip with Transport for London’s Journey Planner here. You can buy tickets for the event from the official website or on the day on the door. However, last year’s Saturday night event sold out so we would recommend purchasing your tickets well in advance. There are various food and drink packages available with vegetarian options also served.
Not usually regarded as a family-orientated event in the UK, the Oktoberfest in London event does however provide one day where children are welcome to join in the celebrations. On the Sunday, a family lunch is provided where everyone can attend. Just in case you need to brush up on the lyrics to your famous German songs, the organisers publish a list of the songs you’ll need to learn before you turn up - if you want to join in the singing, that is! Head to the official website for more details.
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While you’re in London for Oktoberfest, check out The Den, one of London’s most infamous football stadiums; visit one of the city’s most spectacular historic monuments, The Tower of London, and come face-to-face with the Crown Jewels.
To find out more information about the Oktoberfest celebrations in London, please contact the organisers directly via the official website, where you’ll be able to find out about the 2017 event dates, book advance tickets and learn which types of beer will be available at Oktoberfest.
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