Hackney has gone and upped the cool stakes yet again with the launch of The Floating Gaardens by Hoegaarden – a beer barge moored outside Number 90, Hackney Wick
Launched last week by Professor Green – a Hackney-born native and Hoegaarden fan – and opened to the public on Saturday, The Floating Gaardens is a one-of-a kind barge, a breath of fresh air in a busy urban setting. It’s packed with over 500 different plants and shrubs and home to a unique Soundscape Gaarden, where your ears change the taste of Hoegaarden beer.
Yup, you read that right – a twist of a dial heightens sweet flavours at one extreme and boosts sour notes at the other. The scientifically proven soundscape is designed by local Hackney-based artist Nathaniel Williams in collaboration with Janice Qian Wang from Oxford University Crossmodal Research Laboratory.
The Floating Gaardens will be open to the public for the next four weeks from 30 July until 21 August 2016, and will set sail every weekend along East London’s waterways up to six times daily.
Those who climb aboard will not only be able to discover the Soundscape Gaarden for themselves, but will also be treated to complimentary Hoegaarden served in a special-edition pint glass by Visual Artistic Director, Emma Charlton, while dining on paired canapés including smoked chicken and salmon and sweet treats, including white peaches and fudge.
Each sailing can accommodate up to 12 people – tickets can be booked through a prize draw-style system via floatinggaardens.co.uk. When not sailing, The Floating Gaardens is open to the public as a beer garden.
And it’s not the only lush green ‘floating garden’ where you can enjoy a cool drink this summer – Farmopolis, a pop-up garden on the Jetty just off Greenwich Peninsula, also launched this weekend as a sanctuary for plants and flowers from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As well as special events, workshops and film screenings running throughout the summer, there’s also a restaurant and bar serving up delicious food and cocktails like the Farmopolis fizz with sprigs of herbs or flowers farmed from their very own gardens.
The Floating Gaarden barge will be moored outside No 90, Main Yard, Wallis Road, Hackney Wick E9. Sailing days are Saturdays and Sundays only from 1pm-2pm, 2.30pm-3.30pm, 4pm-5pm, 6pm-7pm, 7.30pm-8.30pm and 9pm-10pm. Static days are Wednesday to Friday, open from 12.30pm-11.30pm