I have to admit I don’t know too much about beer but I have noticed over the last few years the increased popularity in craft beers and micro breweries. I also have to confess to that a beer festival sounds great fun so I am quite excited at the prospect of the Great British Beer Festival being held at London Olympia next month (11th-15th August).
I thought it would be helpful to put together a brief guide to the festival so if you are thinking of going you’ll have an idea of travel, accommodation, what’s on and what to expect.
Travelling to the Great British Beer Festival
The location is great, there are plenty of transport options to Olympia including buses and tubes, unfortunately the District line is not stopping at Olympia between 11-14th August but other train services are. There are six other tube stations within walking distance and Olympia is clearly signposted, you shouldn’t miss it. For the latest news on travelling around London check on Transport for London.
Accommodation near to the Great British Beer Festival
- The Holiday Inn London- Kensington Forum is the ideal hotel if you are looking for luxury and value for money, plus clean comfy rooms. In a great location it is just a short tube ride to Olympia. This is the perfect hotel if you want to add in some sight-sighting too; the Victoria & Albert, Natural History and Science museums are just a few minutes walk away.
- If you are looking for a boutique hotel and spa then there is the K-West Hotel & Spa in Shepherds Bush, which is a short distance away from the beer festival. Ideal if you want to get some shopping done in Westfield London.
- Sheer luxury can be found at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. The hotel has a health club and award winning restaurants including a Chinese restaurant on the tenth floor with amazing views.
- If you are travelling to the beer festival on a really tight budget check out the Central Park Hotel in Bayswater which is about 1.5 miles from Olympia.
What to expect at the Great British Beer Festival
Entertainment is provided by various bands on the main stage throughout the festival. From string quartet to rock, pop, reggae, carnival and dance there is something for everyone. Check out the schedule for more information on particular days.
Tutored tastings give you the opportunity to try different beers and how to get the most out of them, there are also sessions on cider and real ale and I am especially intrigued by the beer and music session with Pete Brown who pairs the beers of the festival with music that complements, enhances and even changes their flavour .
Food and Gifts:
A festival isn’t a festival without a fab selection of foods on offer to complement the beers. Sausages, seafood, pasties, burgers, hot dogs, Thai, sweets and chocolate and many more will keep the festival visitors more than satisfied. Of course there are also souvenirs of the day available too.
There will be ten brewery bars at the Great British Beer Festival, many well known breweries and also smaller craft ones.
Of course a beer festival wouldn’t be without it’s beers and there will be over 900 real ales, international beers, ciders and perries to choose from!
Tickets for the Great British Beer Festival can be purchased here. And don’t forget to let me know if you are going.
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