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Enjoy the Summer Polo Season in the UK This Year

07.25.16 | World Events

Summer is a beautiful time to visit the UK. Combine the lovely weather with polo, and you have even more reason to visit. As you’re planning your summer polo tour, consider these three summer polo events in the UK that you will not want to miss.

The Cartier Queen’s Cup

This premiere event takes place at the Guard’s Polo Club, just outside of Heathrow Airport. Glamour and elegance are the hallmarks of this high-goal competition, which is sponsored by one of the world’s leading jewelry brands.

Pennyhill ParkLooking for somewhere unique and luxurious to stay? We suggest Pennyhill Park as your headquarters for this event. This 5-star hotel delightfully combines charming English character, luxurious amenities, and a convenient location near the events. After an exciting day of ‘stomping the divots,’ relax in one of the world’s finest spas and enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, which has two Michelin Stars.

VIP hotel amenities offered through Journeys: A glass of sparkling Nyetimber wine as a pre-dinner drink, breakfast included

In between matches, enjoy a touch of royal history while touring Hampton Court Palace. This was Henry VIII’s favorite honeymoon locale and was later remodeled by famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.

Chestertons Polo in the Park

Enjoy thrilling polo in the very heart of London! Taking place at Hurlingham Park, this event bills itself as the ‘fast and furious’ version of polo. Organizers have tweaked the rules, resulting in more and faster action. And, because it takes place on a smaller field, spectators are never far from that action.

Stables BarVisitors staying at The Milestone will enjoy the stately rooms in this 5-star hotel, many of which overlook Kensington Palace and Gardens. It also offers luxurious suites and apartments for those families enjoying an extended stay in London. Be sure to partake in their “Insider Introduction to the Art, Etiquette, and Tradition of Afternoon Tea.”

VIP hotel amenities offered through Journeys: Insider Introduction to the Art, Etiquette, and Tradition of Afternoon Tea, Breakfast included

While there, enjoy a drink and the artwork at The Conservatory Stables Bar. Originally a Victorian carriage house, this intimate space pays homage to the history of horse racing in England. Paintings by famed equestrian artists Elie Lambert, Susie Whitcombe, and Sir Alfred James Munnings grace its walls.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup

This Gold Cup event determines the British Open Polo Championship. It takes place on the famous ‘Lawns’ at Cowdray Park and features all of the best international polo stars. Polo aficionados from around the world consider this a ‘can’t miss’ event—and for very good reason!

SouthLodgeHotelBetween matches, relax on the peaceful grounds of South Lodge Hotel, where you can enjoy a picnic between rounds of croquet. The quintessential English country estate feel of this hotel makes it a destination in and of itself. The Michelin Star cuisine of The Pass nicely complements its serene surroundings.

VIP hotel amenities offered through Journeys: Breakfast included.

If you can pull yourself away from either the excitement of the polo or the serenity of South Lodge, treat yourself to a ride on the Bluebell Railway. As charming as its name, this line features a re-creation of the steam train that once traveled between London and Paris. Now, it travels in grand style between East and West Sussex.

For more information about these premiere British polo events, please contact us. We are happy to make all of your arrangements, provide VIP amenities, and create unique customized itineraries for you to fully enjoy a summer’s worth of polo in the UK.

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