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31 July 2014

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Event review: SS Atlantica ocean liner party

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Luxury yacht the Silver Sturgeon is transformed for one night a month into 1931 cruise liner the SS Atlantica, hosting a roaring 30s-themed party. We dug out our string pearls and climbed aboard.

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Donning a fur coat in the height of summer is not something I make a habit of, but, in the interest of 1930s authenticity, I’ve gone all out. And I wasn’t alone, as stole-wearing girls and monocle-balancing guys arrived at the Savoy Pier to board the Silver Sturgeon, or rather the SS Atlantica, its art deco alter ego.

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Having grabbed a few of coupes of the good stuff at the Champagne bar, we hung around on deck in anticipation of our (slightly delayed) launch along the Thames. The views spoke for themselves – you can’t really go wrong can you?

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Back inside, the luxury riverboat had been kitted out to resemble a Golden Age ocean liner, with roulette and blackjack tables. The boat’s wood panelling and leather banquettes leant themselves well to the opulent theme.

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Vintage entertainment – the cabaret act was great – really brought the evening together and hats off to three-piece swing band for keeping the Port in a Storm (rum and port with bitters, fresh lime and ginger beer) swilling dancers on their feet until 2am.

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Best bit: the ‘at-sea formalwear’ dress code. Everyone had really gone to town with their outfits – very Bugsy.

Room for improvement: bowl food would have been a plus. Doing the Lambeth Walk on an empty stomach is quite a task.

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