CAMDEN: Electric Ballroom
For two consecutive Saturday afternoons the legendary venue will be transformed into a German-style beer hall, complete with long wooden tables, bunting and, of course, servers dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen. Sup on steins of Spaten and Löwenbräu and munch on sausages from wurst kings Herman ze German. Not too full after all the booze and pretzels? Shimmy to tweed-clad ten-piece drum and brass ensemble Old Dirty Brasstards, on hand playing covers, classics and oompah faves. Club De Fromage DJs will also be in attendance, spinning a host of guilty pleasure tunes. Sat 13th & 20th Oct 2-9pm, 184 Camden High Street NW1. More info and tickets here.
KING’S CROSS: German Gymnasium
For the third year the landmark bar-cum-restaurant is teaming up with Rothaus Brewery from the Black Forest to bring a selection of high-quality beers, both on tap and from traditional barrels. The festivities will take place on the alfresco terrace with Bavarian delicacies to boot. Now until 7th October, King’s Boulevard N1C, more here.
FINSBURY PARK: London Oktoberfest
Did you know that since 2011 this stonker of an Oktoberfest has been the capital’s biggest? With two locations in Millwall Park (Canary Wharf) and Finsbury Park, they’re expecting 50,000 merry ledahosed-clan pundits to pile into the fairy-lit-mega tents they’re erecting as we speak. There’ll be live music, an impressive range of German booze and an obscene number of bratwursts ready to whack on the grill. London Oktoberfest 2018, Finsbury Park, N4 18th-31st Oct [Millwall Park, Isle of Dogs E14, 4-14th Oct]. More info here.
Photo: Camden Oktoberfest, Sean Connolly