Yesterday I went to polo in the park for the first time, and the 15 year old Jack Wills obsessed girl within was pretty excited that I was finally heading to this event in London’s social calendar – I was dying to go back then so it was nice to finally be going!
What a fantastic day out it was.
What to wear to polo in the park
In the run up to the event I had no idea what to wear, so did a bunch of research on social media to see what people wore in previous years! I ended up ordering a dress from Boohoo to wear for a wedding later in summer which turned out to be perfect! I also literally bought my blazer in Wimbledon on the way to the event as I just didn’t trust the weather to hold out, so thank you H&M for your contribution to my day!
It was quite a mix really, people were wearing everything from jeans and wellie boots to stilettos and full length dresses. I went with trusty New Look heels I bought to wear to the races years ago, which have a thick heel to avoid any grass sinking!
Arriving at polo in the park
We arrived at the Hurlingham club nice and early, around 12 – the polo didn’t start until 2pm – in order to get a prime spot. We decide to base ourselves in the Lansons champagne enclosure, which was lovely and all decorated in pink to match the branding of their rosé champagne.
We were even treated to the red arrows flying off above after the Trooping of the Colour, thanks Queenie! 😊
What to drink at polo in the park
We took it in turns to buy the white label Lanson which was delicious and came in at £75 a bottle, served with plastic flutes and an ice bag. The plastic flutes, while understandable, were not ideal due to the ridiculous wind level. In fact, the weather couldn’t make its mind up all day which was a bit of a pain, fortunately though despite a grim forecast it stayed dry, which is all you need really. The moments where the sun was indeed shining were gorgeous though.
We took it in turns to go to the food area and grab a bite to bring back to our table, there wasn’t a huge amount of seating available so chairs were a commodity you couldn’t leave unguarded!
Also ladies, the queues for the toilets were ridiculously long so hold off on breaking the seal if you can or you will spend all afternoon queueing!
Most of us went straight for the Pizza from Born & Raised which was delicious but tricky to eat with the wind at the levels it was. A few went for the Mac and cheese stand and there were plenty of other options such as lobster rolls, Fanny’s kebabs (who have places in market hall Fulham and Victoria which is so tasty), brownies, fish and chips and empanadas.
The polo kicked off and we wandered to the front of the Lanson enclosure, located at one end of the polo field, to watch some, to be honest I have no idea what the rules of polo are but I was caught up in the atmosphere and quite enjoyed the bits I did catch.
We obviously had to get some Pimms before the day was out so a few people went to the Pimms bus to go and get some of the best summer drink you can hope for, and it was suitably fruity and refreshing.
During the third and final match we abandoned our spot and ventured up to the field to partake in the traditional half time divot stomping, which was a lot of fun. Then we headed out to the Fevertree tent for some tasty G&Ts – they came in cups which had a thumb gap which was great because the condensation on the plastic cups made it pretty slippy.
Polo in the park after party
We grabbed a spot more food (I was devastated that the fish and chip van had run out of halloumi fries) and then we headed out of the park to go find a pub in Parsons Green for an after party. The pubs were all pretty rammed but we managed to go and get some seats in one, where a fight broke out.
After that a smaller group of us decided to hit the after party at Embargos which was great fun, I enjoyed the two for one cocktails immensely and am a big fan of the heated smoking terrace! Plus I’m in love with anything Cuban themed at the moment following my recent trip there, so it was the perfect way to end our day ❤️
I would highly recommend a trip to polo in the park if you’re a fan of fancy day drinking and sports then this is an event you don’t want to miss! I am looking forward to going again in future!
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