It was a sunny autumn evening in London Bridge and being new to the area a friend and I were wondering around with a complete lack of direction in search of a good pub. We were about to give up when a late middle aged man appeared next to us.
“You should go here.” he said pointing at the door next to us we had both failed to notice. Before we could thank him he had disappeared again. The small anonymous and easily missable white door had the words Katzenjammers painted neatly in a black above the frame. I don’t know what I expected descending the steps but upon arriving into the cavernous cellar bar I felt like Howard Carter discovering Tutankhamun. The Bierkeller was nearly empty and long wooden tables ran the room end to end. Despite never having been to Germany this felt authentic, from the sselection of German foods and range of beer to the litre steins they are served in.
That was over two years ago and today Katzenjammers still offers a fantastic range of German beers in a refreshingly German environment. There has been one change though, the anonymous little door wasn’t enough to keep London’s best Bierkeller a secret. I’m fairly certain the disappearing man probably ushered in everyone who passed the little door as I am sure I saw him wondering behind the bar one night. Admittedly it could have been a Doppelganger.
Katzenjammers success is its own downfall and due to popularity it is often wise to make a reservation now before arriving. A full bar coupled with questionable acoustic surroundings can make conversation difficult. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet do not come to Katzenjammers. On the other hand they do serve some of the best Pretzels you will find anywhere in London.
Pub Rating 4.5 / 5.0
Debate Rating 1.0 / 5.0
Katzenjammers: 24 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TY