Whatever you do during your visit to London, make sure you take in one of the following for the ultimate VIP experience.
Annually in Junee
An iconic occasion in the European social calendar, this famous race meeting brings together world-class jockeys and horses with a glittering array of society’s finest.
Watch the thoroughbreds thunder down the racecourse from the Royal Enclosure, Ascot’s most exclusive viewing area, where you can expect to mingle with royalty, socialites and racing aficionados. Otherwise, hire out a private box to enjoy the races in a more tranquil setting. In between races, swan about on the lush green lawns, enjoying the electric atmosphere as photographers snap away at the glorious outfits and gravity-defying hats on show. The dress code is traditional: men must wear full morning attire and top hats, whilst for women a modest, classy outfit is a must.
VIP contact: Karen Smith, PR manager
Phone: +44 (0)1344 878430
CARTIER INTERNATIONAL POLO
JULY 22, 2012
Set in the Guards Polo Club in Great Windsor Park, Cartier International Polo is a renowned spectator polo day and a highly anticipated event.
The 2010 match, watched by a 25,000-strong crowd, featured a thrilling battle for the Coronation Cup between England and New Zealand. Guests to this prestigious event can expect a champagne reception, sumptuous afternoon tea, fine dining and plenteous opportunities to party in marquees hosted by elite clubs such as Chinawhite. Famous faces in attendance have included Amber le Bon, actresses Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie, and royal princes William, Harry, HRH The Prince of Wales, and many other titled individuals.
Phone: +44 (0)1784 434212 (general) / +44 (0)1784 437797 (tickets)
SHOOTING AT CAERHAYS
Located in a sheltered valley overlooking a cove on the south Cornish coast, Caerhays Castle and its surrounding grounds are the stuff of Anglophile dreams.
Built in the 19th century, this picturesque estate offers guests the opportunity to experience old English hospitality and traditions, most notably game shooting. Over 80 days of shooting take place each year, with the shoot extending to over 4,000 acres and featuring at least 40 separate drives. All the game – predominantly pheasant but also partridge – is reared on-site from egg to bird by three full-time keepers, ensuring birds of the best quality. Shooting days are interspersed with round-the-clock refreshments, including a lavish post-shoot afternoon tea followed by a personal tour of the castle by its owner Charles Williams. During the shoot, guests may stay at The Vean, a luxury country house retreat overlooking the castle grounds. The top suite, the ‘Nancor’, offers glorious views down the Porthluney valley.
Contact: Sally Gammell, Manager of The Vean
Phone: +44 (0)1872 500025