Date night idea: The Hoegaarden Floating Gaardens

With horticulture and Hoegaarden being two of my husband’s favourite things, this one would definitely (ahem) float his boat. 

‘The Floating Gaardens’ by Hoegaarden is a one-of-a kind barge packed with unexpected delights, designed to open minds to new ideas, sounds, sights and tastes in the midst of busy urban life.

Moored outside Number 90, Hackney Wick, ‘The Floating Gaardens’ will be open to the public from this weekend for the next four weeks (30 July until 21 August. ) It will set sail every weekend along East London’s waterways up to six times daily.

Budding with over 500 different plants and shrubs and a unique Soundscape Gaarden, where your ears change the taste of Hoegaarden beer, as 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 Oxford University.

Passengers onboard will not only be able to discover the Soundscape Gaarden for themselves, but will also be treated to complementary Hoegaarden served in a special-edition pint glass by Visual Artistic Director, Emma Charlton, whilst dining on paired canapés including smoked chicken and salmon and sweet treats, including white peaches and fudge.

Tickets to sail on the barge are now available to be booked through a draw-style system on the website: Or just pop down as when it isn’t sailing it will be the hippest beer garden in town.

For more information and to book tickets, visit