The annual Oktoberfest celebration is the perfect way to add a little added lustre to your trip to England’s capital. In this blog, we’ll take a quick look at some of the most important reasons to spend Oktoberfest 2019 in London.
What is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is a traditional German festival held in the autumn. Usually taking place between late-September and October, the event centres largely on drinking great beer and celebrating, with a number of added flourishes which help it stand out from other festivals around the globe.
The ‘main event’ is held in Munich, but several other cities have begun to adapt Oktoberfest and host their own variations. Munich’s own Oktoberfest is about a lot more than just drinking beer, and has the distinction of being the world’s largest and most significant folk festival.
Around 6m visitors attend each year, some donning traditional Bavarian dress and enjoying an array of delicious food including sausages, pretzels and more.
In addition, Oktoberfest in Munch offers a variety of entertainment including a parade, fairground rides and much more.
While heading to Germany for the festival is appealing to many, another way of getting involved is to attend London’s own version – the upcoming London Oktoberfest 2019.
- An established celebration
London’s version of Oktoberfest first launched in 2011, and in the last eight years it’s developed a strong following and a huge presence in the city’s social calendar.
If you’re staying at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel while the festivities are in full swing, then it’s the ideal way to get involved in what has fast become a real London mainstay – with plenty of new experiences promised during the celebration.
- The biggest and best London Oktoberfest ever
To help emphasize how important this year’s festival is, 2019 will not only mark the 8th year of celebrations, but it will also be the biggest and best Oktoberfest the city has ever seen. This helps to promise a truly unforgettable experience for visitors at Paddington hotels, eager to get involved.
- Special family experiences
Each Sunday, London Oktoberfest provides a special experience for families attending. This includes free entry and special offers on dining on a family ticket, as well as a unique chance to experience authentic Bavarian culture for the day.
Whether you’re eager to help your kids learn more about the world around them, or simply on the lookout for something fun to do while you all visit the city, this is a fantastic way for all of you to stay entertained during your stay in London.
- Over 50,000 fellow guests
As one of the most popular events in London at this time of year, London Oktoberfest 2019 looks set to welcome more than 50,000 attendees, and you could be among them. These huge crowds help to create an amazing atmosphere, with everyone getting immersed in the true Oktoberfest spirit!
- Authentic surroundings
No expense has been spared in preparing London Oktoberfest, making it all look and feel as authentic as possible. Visitors for 2019 can look forward to a blue and white colour scheme in the tent, with waiters and waitresses donning Lederhosen and Dirndl while serving customers.
There will be long tables dotted throughout the venues, helping to lend a suitably communal feel to proceedings.
- VIP tickets
Standard entry can also be secured, but London Oktoberfest 2019 provides a special VIP option for larger bookings, helping to secure an area or table for groups.
This is a great option for anyone celebrating a big event, and is sure to provide something unique you’ll be talking about for years to come!
- Delicious Bavarian beer
London Oktoberfest has sourced the finest authentic Bavarian beer especially for the event, further contributing to the authentic atmosphere. If you’re already a fan of beers from this region, or simply want to try something new, then this is the ideal chance while staying at the Park Grand Paddington Hotel.
- Halloween Oktoberfest
This year, London Oktoberfest is trying something new, with a special Halloween Oktoberfest weekend. Whether you’re on the lookout for a quirky way to spend Halloween in 2019, or just like the sound of Oktoberfest itself, extending the event provides many more opportunities to get involved in the fun.
- Live entertainment
It’s not just delicious food and drink which draws in the crowds. There will also be live entertainment throughout Oktoberfest 2019, including an authentic Bavarian oompah-band.
When is Oktoberfest 2019?
Oktoberfest 2019 will include three separate events and venues, taking place in various locations around the city. The first part of London’s Oktoberfest is situated at Millwall Park in Canary Wharf, between the 3rd – 6th October 2019.
The second, a special Halloween Oktoberfest Special, will be hosted at Olympia London in West Kensington between 24th – 26th October 2019.
The third and final part of Oktoberfest 2019 takes place in Central London, next to Moorgate Station, and will be hosted between the 15th – 16th November 2019.
How do I get tickets for Oktoberfest 2019?
Tickets can be purchased online at the official London Oktoberfest website. They are available at a variety of price-points, with special deals for group bookings and individual events.
The tickets available include a budget general admission, as well as VIP packages and customisable deals on food and drink within the tent.
For business travellers, there are also great corporate offers ideal for organising an unusual work meeting or party. These include priority entrance and reserved seats close to the entertainment. Corporate tickets can also be customised to include authentic Bavarian clothing for an additional fee.
Getting to London Oktoberfest
Reaching each of the three destinations is quick and easy thanks to London’s comprehensive public transport system. Every venue is within easy reach of both your hotel and local bus and train options, ensuring you can truly relax and unwind without worrying about driving back!