February 2, 2015 – Vinopolis, the event space and wine education experience located underneath London Bridge on the banks of the River Thames, will close at the end of 2015. In a statement, Vinopolis managing director Samantha Anderson said “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. After 16 years we will close the doors proudly after a year of celebrating what has been achieved in style.” The space will be converted into retail space after Vinopolis shuts down following the 2015 holiday season.
Vinopolis is also home to The Whisky Exchange’s retail store, and has served until this past October as the home of The Whisky Show London. The Whisky Exchange, which manages The Whisky Show, has been planning to move the show to a new, larger venue for 2015. and is expected to announce plans for this year’s show soon.
Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh, the brothers who own both The Whisky Exchange and the Whisky Show, have not announced plans for the future of the retail operation once Vinopolis closes. The store is located within the center of the Vinopolis event space, and does not have a separate entrance of its own that would allow the store to remain open while the remainder of the space is being converted. In an email, Sukhinder Singh noted that the space will be available until the end of the year, giving them time to make plans that will be announced once finalized.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on February 5 with a response from Sukhinder Singh.