Whisky Live London postponed due to coronavirusBy Owen Bellwood
Annual festival Whisky Live London has been postponed “until later in the year” in line with the UK government’s most recent advice to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Whisky Live London and its sister festival Gin Live had been due to take place in the UK capital on 27 and 28 March at the The Honourable Artillery Company.
However, during the first daily coronavirus update, UK prime minister Boris Johnson said the UK should stop non-essential contact with others and all unnecessary travel.
As a result of the government’s advice, Whisky Live London has become the latest drinks industry event to postpone or cancel, following moves from Whiskyfest Chicago and Canada’s Wonderful World of Whisky Show.
In a statement, the organisers of Whisky Live London said: “Following UK government and Public Health England advice we are postponing Whisky Live and Gin Live until later in the year.
“We appreciate this is disappointing news and hope you understand this decision has been taken in the best interests of all our visitors, exhibitors and team. Your ticket will remain valid and we will provide you with a new date as soon as we are able.”
The Wine & Spirits Show, set to take place in London next month, has also been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The rapid spread of the disease has also brought about the closure of distillery visitor centres, and pubs and bars in Europe and the US.