Dear London Branch members

This is my second formal letter to you as Chairman, and I thank you for your confidence. I am pleased to say that, in spite of everything, we have a great programme of events on offer.

These are not easy times. We are having to contend with major price increases at all of our venues, not to mention the continuing threat of train strikes at only two or three weeks notice. In spite of the former we have some very reasonably priced events on offer, so do please take advantage of them, as substantial increases are on the way. I suspect that some of you have been holding off on booking because of concerns about possible train strikes. Unfortunately this makes planning very difficult for us. Could I just say that we are watching the situation closely, and are always prepared to give refunds if an event goes ahead on a day that you are unable to travel.

Could I particularly bring your attention to our wine tasting dinner on 29th June at the Army and Navy Club.   This will be accompanied by 20 year old mature clarets from the cellar of our member Michael Daiches, and is guaranteed to be a great evening.   We also have a tasting from the cellar of the late Carole Goldberg on 21st June, and a tasting of Summer Rosés led by Rachel Burnett on 5th July.  Please do consider supporting these events.

We have many more great events coming up later in the year.  Could I just mention that our special 90th Anniversary Dinner at Windsor Castle on 15th September is fully booked, but the waiting list is so long that we are arranging a further opportunity to dine there on 29th February next year.

Click here for a downloadable summary of our current programme. As always you can book on line at, or email if you have problems.

I look forward to seeing you at IWFS events soon.

With kind regards
Alan Shepherd
Chairman IWFS London Branch