Fire forces postponement of large beach tiki party in London

Spirit of Tiki

A large tiki party on an outdoor beach in London has been postponed after its venue was badly damaged by a fire yesterday.

Due to take place on August 14 and 15, Spirit of Tiki was organised by Georgi Radev, bar manager of Mahiki in Mayfair, with rum aficionado Roger Barnes and global rum ambassador Ian Burrell.

It was set to feature a large beach surrounded by 15 tiki bars run by a variety of drinks brands, mainly rums, serving up tiki cocktails alongside exotica music, Caribbean barbecue food, dancing and other entertainment. Tickets, sold at £15 each, are being refunded.

Around 100 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze at the venue, Studio 338 on Boord Street in Greenwich, after it started yesterday morning. Police enquiries continue today into the cause.

The venue’s management team said they had decided they needed to cancel Spirit of Tiki and subsequent events while Studio 338 underwent a full refurbishment. The venue was also popular for dance club nights.

In a statement, Georgi said: “Spirit of Tiki will be reborn from fire like a phoenix in a bigger and better venue. We will announce our new venue and dates very soon. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in Spirit of Tiki for the big support.”

Rum brands involved included Bacardi, Mount Gay, Pusser’s, Angostura, Bortran, Old J, Chairman’s Reserve, Santa Teresa, Blackwell, Elements 8, Skipper, Monymusk, Don Q, Ron Cubay and Wild Tiger. Also taking part were Yaguara and Leblon cachaças, Re’Al syrups and Lic alcoholic ice lollies.

Studio 338 on the Greenwich Peninsula, close to The O2 and Canary Wharf, was transformed this summer into a large full-scale beach arena with 180 tonnes of imported sand covering 600 square metres, wooden decking, two beach bars, a barbecue, hammocks and cabanas.

For updates, visit www.DrinkUp.London/SpiritOfTiki.

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