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Vinopolis, an iconic event space and wine tasting venue, has announced that it is closing its doors on 31st December 2015 after 16 years of operation.
The popular visitor attraction and events venue will be replaced by a high-end retail development. The decision comes after careful consideration by the owners and the board, describing it as "the best possible decision for shareholders", despite it coming on the back of "a year of successful trading".
Situated in the historic Victorian railway arches of London Bridge, Vinopolis has seen some of London’s top events over the years, playing host to everything from the Lorraine Kelly Fashion Awards and The Apprentice to large scale conferences for the likes of IBM. Offering six individual event spaces catering to all party sizes, Vinopolis has become a stalwart in the hearts and minds of event goers, bookers and agents the world over.
Bookings will be taken for events until after the 2015 Christmas trading period.
Vinopolis MD Samantha Anderson said: "Vinopolis is something of a London landmark for event bookers and conferences but this is the best possible decision for the business and its shareholders.
"We have come to the end of what could reasonably be achieved with the wine experience and feel that it is time for new life to be breathed into the timeless space.
"We have a fantastic team at Vinopolis who have worked tirelessly to make it the best possible visitor attraction and event space and their reaction to this news is truly testimony to them. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and to giving the building a magnificent send off. It is an utterly unique destination and come 2016 it will be gone, so we want as many people to experience what we have to offer while they can."