LondonSwedes' Crayfish Festival


  • Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying and Something A Little Different
  • Tickets from free - £35.00
  • Paddington
  • Commercial/Pop
  • Over 18
  • This event has taken place.
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

LondonSwedes' Crayfish Festival  2018 is back for the seventh year in a row hosting the biggest traditional Swedish "Kräftskiva" (crayfish party) in London!


During 6 weeks every year, Swedes celebrate the crayfish season by eating loads of crayfish, drinking schnapps and singing songs! It's a bit like an extension of our Midsummer celebrations, minus the Maypole!


(31st August, 1st September 2018, London)


Swedish community and events company LondonSwedes will be hosting their annual Crayfish Festival at Smith's Bar and Grill in Paddington, West London. Smith's Bar & Grill is a British & modern European inspired eatery in the heart of Paddington. The spacious, daylight-filled venue with a gorgeous year-round terrace overlooks the beautiful Grand Union Canal.


The History

Due to cold and long winters, Swedes harvests could be limited to short periods and so the importance of seasonal products in Swedish cuisine has been highlighted and celebrated in our traditions long before it was fashionable. In 1907, strict limitations were placed on when crayfish could be harvested, normally for a month starting from the first Wednesday in August, known as ‘Kräftpremiären’ – the crayfish premier and the event itself is called Kräftskiva. 


The Tradition

The general set up for Crayfish parties are big tables outside, decorated with paper lanterns and candles, were the guests wears essential accessories such as traditional paper hats and bibs. Big plates of dill-scented boiled crayfish are laid out, accompanied by crisp bread, butter and a selection of strong cheeses. Drinking songs or ‘snapsvisor’, are sung during the course of the meal which is, of course, finished off with spiced and herb flavored snaps!


The Crayfish Party

The event kicks off with everyone receiving a kit with the essentials for a Crayfish party: The hat, bibs, and songbooks. Face painters will put some sparkle on the guests and raffle tickets will be able to buy throughout the event. 

Food is served an hour into the event and everyone will be treated to a starter consisting of a traditional Swedish plate: meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam from FELIX. As a main, a delicious tasty buffet of crayfish will be served. Several kinds of herring from Swedish brand ABBA along sides such as creamy potato salad, Västerbotten cheese and different kinds of bread will be served. 

To start of the tradition of singing Snaps-songs, everyone will be given a shot of ABSOLUT EXTRAKT and a hostess will lead the singing. The singing continues into the night and at the end of the event, a raffle draw will take place leaving several guests with exciting prizes. Drinks will be available to buy in the Swedish inspired bar during the event. Many fun surprises are on the schedule for both days!


Friday 31st August 6pm - Midnight

Saturday 1st September Crayfish Lunch 1pm - 5pm

Saturday 1st September Crayfish Dinner 7pm - Midnight SOLD OUT

Each event takes 300 guests.

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Friday Dinner, Saturday Dinner

Early Bird £29

Org price £35

Students get 30% off with code CRAYSTUDENT (Valid ID)

Saturday Lunch is always £29

Kids 0-3 FREE

Kids 3-15 £15

Kids are only allowed on Saturday Lunch. 

You can get all products for an authentic Crayfish party at Scandinavian Kitchen!

Options for vegetarians will be available on request only!

Skål! 🎶🇸🇪




Ticket Event time Cost
Crayfish Party Friday 18:00 - 00:00 £35.00
Crayfish Lunch 13:00 - 17:00 £29.00
Crayfish Sat Dinner 19:00 - 00:00 £35.00
Kids 3-15

Only valid on the Saturday Lunch event

13:00 - 17:00 £15.00
Kids 0-3 FREE

Only valid on the Saturday Lunch event

13:00 - 17:00 Free admission



25, Sheldon Square, W2 6EY



Nearest Station

Paddington (Tube)

Getting there

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Smith's Bar & Grill

Smith's Bar & Grill

Just take a quick walk from Paddington Tube station and you will come across Smith's Bar & Grill alongside the canal. Their patio is perfectly placed to enjoy cocktails on a summer evening. The modern and professional décor helps to create a perfect setting for after work drinks and cocktailswhich…

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