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Options for Getting the Best German Food and Drink in London

London is indeed a cosmopolitan city with people from all over the world making it their home. Not to be left behind, the German population in the city now stands at 55,000 whereas in 1800, it was only 6,000. During the 19th century, they mostly resided in Leman Street, St Pancras (home to the German Gymnasium) and Charlotte Street. The most popular German food and drink offerings are beer, sausages and sauerkraut. However, there is much more to their gastronomic offerings that are being described below.



Restaurants & Pubs

Bavarian Beerhouse: In this category, the Bavarian Beerhouse stands out, offering two branches, one each in Old Street and Tower Hill. The most popular offerings are the Schnitzels and you can choose your Schnitzel that is in a combination with chips and a pint of beer for £15. Many events also take place at these venues such as Budesliga screenings and pub quizzes.

Bierschenke: This restaurant is located on Essex Street, off Strand. Besides its food and drink offerings, it also offers many events that include regular football screenings, a Bavarian band playing every Saturday and Student Mondays offering lower prices for beers, schnapps and food. It offers a variety of food that is prepared with German-imported ingredients, pils and schnapps.

Katzenjammers: The name of this restaurant located next to London Bridge, literally means hangover and it is indeed quite capable of giving you one. A typical selection of German beer is served with all the Bavarian sausages and guests can enjoy the same in the backdrop of live music on Fridays and Saturdays, played by a proper German brass band wearing traditional Bavarian clothes.

Octoberfest Pub: At this Fulham-based pub, you can get a taste of the Bavarian beer celebration of the year. Besides Bavarian live music and football screenings, it is home to themed events like its own version of Octoberfest.  It is also an ideal location for Hen and Stag Parties that also feature traditional Bavarian costumes and challenges relating to consumption of food and drink such as drinking a whole boot-shaped glass of beer or eating a double port knuckle dish.

Stein’s Bavarian Bar and Restaurant: It is located in Kingston and Richmond. A wide selection of typical German dishes, especially the Bavarian specialities, is served at the Biergarten in Kingston. The most popular and the tastiest dishes are pork in different sauces, goulash and Bavarian cakes. At its Richmond branch, that is located on the riverside, the menu is similar to the one in Kingston.

Zeitgeist Pub: With a special all-you-can-eat offer on Friday lunchtime for £7.95, this pub in Vauxhall has come up in place of the old Jolly Gardeners pub. The offer includes a whole lot of vegetarian dishes. It offers plenty of regional specialities such as the Schlenkerla Smoked Beer, which tastes of smokey bacon. Guests, especially the German fans, can enjoy their food and drinks while watching a national match on the big screen.

If you are interested in enjoying German food and drinks at any of these places, it would be best to stay at Park Grand London Hyde Park hotel as you would be located close to most of these places as well as to the various other attractions of the city.

Bakeries
Backhaus: Located in Richmond, this bakery uses only German-originated flours for preparing its wide variety of products that also include flu remedies. Its products can also be procured online.

Bakehaus: Based in Hammersmith, this German bakery is an eat-in-place and it offers fresh bakery products along with hot food, breakfasts, lunches, soups and sandwiches.

German Deli: With its warehouse shop and an on-site bakery in Hackney Wick, it offers a wide choice of products.

Kamps Bakery: It has two main eat-in bakeries in London, one in Tottenham Court Road and the other in High Street Kensington. Its offerings include a combination of typical German dishes along with English food that is a mix of traditions and innovation.

Street Food, Take-Away & Markets
Artisan Foods: You can have the best of artisan breads and savoury items made in the finest German baking tradition by expert baker Klaus at this bakery. It is located in various places such as Balham, Blackheath, Bloomsbury, Brixton, Islington, London Bridge, Pimlico Road and South Kensington.

Ditsch Bakery
There are two take-away points of this bakery in London, one outside Victoria station and the other in Shepherd’s Bush. A range of Ditsch products can also be found in Waitrose supermarkets as well.

German Deli: The stalls of this bakery can be found at Borough Market every Monday to Saturday, at Whitecross Street Market every Thursday and Friday and at Broadway Market every Saturday.

Kurz and Lang: Located at John Street, Smithfield this popular place offers excellent Bratwurst and it also provides office delivery.

Herman Ze German: This place is located at Old Compton Street and offers authentic imported German food, ideal for people missing their home food. The shop also offers take away and offers delicious Black Forest and a wide range of sausages served with crispy onions and sauces. It bakes its bread and pastries every day so that they are always fresh,  There are some German supermarket chains such as Lidl and Aldi.

Christmas Time
Southbank Christmas Market: During Christmas, people can take a long walk along the Southbank and enjoy tasty German deli at this market where they can get plenty of German food and drink stalls. The market starts from the Royal Festival Hall and proceeds along the Southbank, taking place usually from mid-November until Christmas.

Bavarian Village: Located within the massive complex of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, this huge restaurant will get you in the Bavarian mood with tasty food, exotic drinks and live performances. The Wonderland usually runs inside Hyde Park from the last week of November until the first week of January.

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