GBBF 2014, London Olympia

The Beermaster’s Magical Beer Selector is all about finding the beers available at the Great British Beer Festival that you will love, based on a few of your preferences. You can be as vague or as specific as you like!

So for example, if you’re not bothered about strength or style but only want to drink pale or golden coloured beers, simply click the two palest pints icons and press GO. On the other hand, want to just see the black IPAs between 5-6%? Easy. Just click 5-6%, IPA and the black pint glass, then again, GO! Foreign beers will be added in soon and work slightly differently as they can only be filtered by ABV, but you can still add them in to your list below by clicking the country you’d like to see beers from. The same goes for cider and perry.

On arrival to the festival, you will need to purchase a festival glass at £3. These will be available in full pint, half pint and third pint measurements. At the end of the festival, you can exchange your glass for your money back or keep the glass as a souvenir.

Souvenir festival guides will be available from the festival at a cost of £2 to non CAMRA members. CAMRA Members receive a 50% discount and can get the guide for just £1.

Food will be available from a variety of stalls at the festival.

Under 18s are welcome to attend, however they must be supervised by an adult and remain in the family room. Under 18s cannot drink alcohol at the festival, but do not need a ticket.

There are cash machines inside Olympia, however these do charge a nominal fee for cash withdrawals.

Yes there will be various soft drinks available from the food stalls.

Hat Day will take place on Thursday 14th August, and Hat Day judges will be roaming the festival in the afternoon.

There will be various water points throughout the festival.

Yes, there is a dedicated outdoor smoking area. You can normally swap your current class/drink for a numbered token to keep it safe as you cannot take glasses outside.

All bars will be cash bars, no tokens are needed.

More information on entertainment will be available soon.

  • 11th August – 12 noon-5pm (Trade Session)
  • 11th August – 5pm-10:30pm
  • 12th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
  • 13th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
  • 14th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
  • 15th August – 11am-7:00pm

You can reach Kensington Olympia via the District Line on the Underground, London Overground trains between Stratford & Clapham Junction and Southern Trains services between Milton Keynes Central & South Croydon.

Other stations close by include:

  • Barons Court – 0.5 miles
  • West Kensington Station – 0.6 miles
  • Goldhawk Station – 0.7 miles
  • Shepherds Bush Station – 0.8 miles
  • Hammersmith Station – 0.8 miles
  • Earls Court Station – 0.9 miles
  • High Street Kensington Station – 0.9 miles

People under 18 years of age receive free entry, but they must remain in the family room and be supervised by an adult.

The family area will be located upstairs in the Grand Hall. All those under 18 years old must remain in the Family Room at all times and must be accompanied by an adult. CAMRA does not offer a creche facility.


Simply visit and you can purchase tickets for any of the available tutored tastings.

The festival’s trade session takes place between 12 noon-5pm on Tuesday and is for members of the trade. The festival is open to members of the public from 5pm-10:30pm.