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The Thames played host to London’s first floating wine festival

Last week, London welcomed the city’s first ever floating wine festival, designed to introduce wine aficionados to new bottles on the Thames.

An exciting new way for wine lovers to indulge in their favourite tipple, the festival took place on board Tamesis Dock. This 1930s Dutch barge is a converted bar and events space permanently docked between Vauxhall Bridge and Lambeth.

It was the perfect venue to host a wine festival, which aimed to bring winemakers and wine lovers together for the first time ever on the capital’s famous river.

Wine Over Water

The festival, called ‘Wine Over Water’, gave guests the opportunity to sample new wines, chat with other festival goers, all while enjoying amazing views of the Houses of Parliament, Battersea Power Station and the London Eye.

Some of the wines available to sample were provided by Wanderlust Wines, who also hosted the event. For just £25, festival goers from London and further afield tried eight wines from countries including South Africa, France, Hungary, Romania, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Wine experts

Winemakers from all around the world presented wines to guests. They also shared the stories behind the bottles, and the passion behind the wines that they all work so hard to create.

The two-day event took place on 22 and 23 September and welcomed a large group of wine lovers. As well as wine tastings and talks, there were presentations on current trends in the wine world and blind tastings with wine-related prizes.

Food wasn’t forgotten, of course, as guests enjoyed various marine-themed snacks and nibbles to go along with their wine. As well as the tasting samples, there was also plenty of opportunity for people to buy wine during the festival too.


It’s likely to become an annual event so look out for next year’s festival if you fancy a tipple while admiring the sunset over the Houses of Parliament.


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