In South Africa there is an Afrikaans saying that goes “Ek drink my trui aan”. This literally translates to “I drink my jersey on” and it seems that’s EXACTLY what London is planning to do as Autumn hits the city and the icy cold sets in. Maybe it’s due to the influence of Saffas piling in for the Rugby World Cup, but this October is full to the brim with festivals celebrating alcoholic beverages in all shapes and forms, from cross-continental craft ales to the finest cocktails and massive steins of Bavarian Beer.

London’s Best Boozy Autumn Festivals

London really has gone all out this Autumn with Route CBC, London Cocktail Week and, of course, Oktoberfest. If you’ve hopped off the plane with no coat or scarf then fear not dear traveller, because the city has prepared a blanket of hangover inducing hugs just to keep you warm.

Route CBC – An American Beer Extravaganza!

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Initially planned as a four day citywide event, Route CBC has been scaled down in size but not authenticity. Craft Beer Co. Clapham plays host to this weekend beer bonanza, where seven of the USA’s finest brewers will gather to present their beers to the world (of London) -including Cigar City, Funky Buddha and Prairie Artisan Ales. This KEG ONLY festival boasts 50 taps of unadulterated American goodness, accompanied by traditional Philly Cheesesteaks – provided by the one and only Liberty Cheestesteak Company. If you love your beer and are keen on trying the best in the West, this one’s for you.

Friday 2nd/Saturday 3rd October, 12:00 – 00:00, Free Entry

Oktoberfest London!

Sep 23rd – Oct 31st

Yes. They know they’re not German, but there’s not much that Londoners love more than a pint! Oktoberfest is massive in London, spread over four weeks with lederhosen and dirndls popping up every left right and center. Here are our top picks for the London festival.

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The Bavarian BeerHouse is a great option for your imaginary escape to Munich. London’s original Bavarian beer hall is a great stop for authentic German-sourced food and beers. Give their Schnitzel Ticket a try – it includes “oompah-tainment”, entry to the beer hall, a stein (equaling 2 pints) of icy cold, froth topped German Beer and a traditional main dish of your choice.

Wednesdays have free entry, Thursday require a £5 deposit, while Friday and Saturday have tiered ticket options: £14.50 pp Regular Entrance, £24.50 pp Schnitzel Ticket, £34.50 pp Fancy Dress Ticket.

Other fantastic Bavarian events in London include  Oktoberfest at The BrewHouse, London-Oktoberfest and Oktoberfest London. Yes, they are all different – in their own way.

London Cocktail Week

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5 – 11 October 2015

One of the hottest weeks in the London social calendar, LCW calls upon hundreds of highly skilled bartenders from over 250 of the capitals’ top-rated bars to show off their cocktail making skills. From fire-blowing and flairing to delicately crafted flavour combinations and craftmanship, if you’re in the city for London Cocktail Week you have to attend.

But LCW isn’t just about watching others make you drinks. Among many other events, learn how to craft the perfect Rusty Nail, watch East and West battle it out for the Gin Championship or go on Soho Food Walk with Hiccups. It’s also your chance to hit those pricier bars with London Cocktail Week’s special offers, or go on a Cocktail Tour of London.

£5 Wristbands get entry into ALL London Cocktail Week Venues, £5 LCW Cocktails at all venues and access to offers. 

There we go, everything you need to know to stay warm in case you leave your jumper, scarf, gloves and beanie on the plane. Good luck!

Written by Caitlin (A.K.A. The Indie Butterfly).

Caitlin is a writer, traveller and part-time superhero. Currently living in London, read more of her work on her blog, or stalk her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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