The Cartier International Day in association with the Hurlingham Polo, is apparently the world’s greatest spectator polo day — as stated by their website of course. Therefore another thing to check off your list.
As it’s outside of London, one of the easiest ways to get there is through a tour that has hired a bus. In my case, a red double decker that left at 9am in the morning. I warn you, it took only an hour to get there and the polo doesn’t start until hours later leaving much, much time to sit around and drink our champagne.
The first game of the Cartier Polo is played by the same teams every year. Hurlingham battles the Prince of Wales team for the Golden Jubilee Trophy. During the intermission, its every woman’s Pretty Woman moment…. the crowd pours onto the field to participate in the polo ritual of divot stomping. The Julia Roberts ‘woop woop’ noise is optional.
After the first game has ended, you once again have hours until the next match which means more champagne consuming and celebrity spotting–ok more like Z list spotting. Before the afternoon game begins, you’re treated to a parade of sort…a faux fox hunt and a marching band. Tip 1: After many, many glasses of champagne, do not think that running through the band while their still performing is a good idea while hearing them scream ‘get out of the band!’. I’ve been told I was very lucky I didn’t get tossed out of the club.
Finally, the main highlight of the day is the afternoon match with England vs the opposing international team who compete for the Coronation Cup. At that point it’s all pretty much a blur. Tip 2: Hang out in the car park and you may be able to scam yourself an invite to the after party at China White.