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You may have visited London many times, but there will always be something new to delight you. This is an opportunity to experience a London that you never have seen before.
From Monday 28 May to Saturday 2 June 2018 IWFS members will be discovering prestigious new and historic venues not accessible to ordinary visitors, and enjoying some of the very best food and wine that the capital has to offer. And if you have not been to London before, rest assured that everything that you want to see will be close at hand.
IWFS International Festivals take place every three years with each region hosting the Festival in succession. In 2018 the Europe Africa zone will be your hosts in London. The International Festival is the flagship event of the IWFS calendar. Each one is designed by local IWFS members to highlight the best their city has to offer. They offer unique insights into the culture, and gastronomy of the city and region and unrivalled opportunities to make new friends among like-minded people from around the world.
We have chosen the fabulous 5 star Corinthia Hotel as our base for the Festival. A 21st century Grand Hotel it combines the grace and grandeur of bygone years with contemporary style and modern amenities. Located on the edge of Whitehall, it is only a stone’s throw from the River Thames, with Trafalgar Square, Westminster, and the London Eye all within ten minutes walk.
For shopaholics, The Strand and Covent Garden are an easy 15 minutes walk while Regent Street and Piccadilly (for Fortnum and Mason and the Royal Academy) are just two stops away on the Bakerloo Line from nearby Embankment Station.
Within the hotel you will find luxurious bedrooms with large en-suite bathrooms, a comfortable lounge for afternoon tea or a light breakfast, two gourmet restaurants, an infinity pool and the largest spa in London.
THE HOTEL IS OFFERING MEMBERS VERY COMPETITIVE RATES DURING THE FESTIVAL.
THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
We will be dining and tasting wine at some of the most prestigious and spectacular venues in our capital. We will have dinner at the fantastic Goldsmiths' Livery Hall, and a wine tasting and lunch at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, both in the heart of the City of London.
We will be travelling down the River Thames past Tower Bridge and St Pauls’s Cathedral to Eltham Palace, set on a hill above Greenwich, and one of the best-kept secrets in London. We will visit the 21st century home of an internationally known food producer, and travel up-river to the exclusive Hurlingham Club, set in its own grounds at Putney, and still a haunt of royalty.
Travel will be by luxury coach, and by boat on the River Thames. We are also planning a series of short walking tours to introduce you to some of our famous historic and cultural icons. And of course the wine and food will be everything that you expect from an IWFS International Festival.
This Festival is open to all IWFS members worldwide. The number of members who can take part will be limited, so early booking will be key. All bookings must be made on line. You will need to log on to this web site with your username and password. You are advised to check well ahead of time that you have a current record of these, and that your contact details on the web site are up to date.
THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE LOOKS FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO LONDON IN 2018.