One for the history nerds: These locks we passed through still clearly show shrapnel damage from a direct bomb hit during the war. If the steel doors were closed, this would probably have disabled the strategic locks. But the stonework was built to last.
I went to an Oktoberfest thing the other weekend here in London so I know what you mean about authenticity. It was like a student fancy dress party.
Know what Michael: even the so called "original" looks like a big fancy dress party nowadays. 80% dressed in the same cheap and rented stuff and think thats authentic. Makes it easy for us homies to spot on these tourists and fakers and make them drunk.