The heat has been turned on in England. And I’m not just talking about the weather. At least, that’s how it felt on May 22nd… I was lucky enough to enjoy it whilst watching a great game of Polo at Cowdray Park Polo Club. The ponies looked great, the players looked even better… and the supporters weren’t too bad either!
Cowdray Park is recognized as the “home” of British Polo. The game has been played here for 100 years – with the first competitive tournaments being recorded in 1910 – on Viscount Cowdray’s 16,000-acre estate, which is situated in the South Downs National Park of West Sussex.
Ben Grimes, Sophie Ellis Bextor, and the gorgeous Razza Jaffrey (Carrie’s butler/friend in Sex and the City 2) all relaxed on large sofas under umbrellas as they watched the match. It was nice to see umbrellas providing shade from the sun instead of shelter from the rain for once!
Just like that infamous scene in Pretty Woman, we all went out onto the pitch at half time to help tread down those divots… although sadly, there was no Richard Gere to keep me company on my excursion.
It truly was a quintessentially English day… and when afternoon tea has come from the The Lanesborough, A St. Regis Hotel, you know you are in for a treat.
Geoffrey Gelardi, the hotel’s charismatic GM, was on hand to ensure Jodie Kidd and her new beau enjoyed every delicious morsel, whilst cheering England on. Naturally!
Actually, we were very lucky to have a few other members of the St Regis team enjoying the day alongside us. Bernard de Villele and his wife were there, for example. He is opening the fabulous new St. Regis Mauritius in 2011… and I have to say that with its state of the art water-sport center – plus an extreme kite club and 19 room Remede spa – it sounds like this will really be the “hot” place to go.
Paul Nash, looking very patriotic (see photo below), managed to tear himself away from The St. Regis New York. I must admit, however, that I understand how difficult it must be for him to leave… it is still one of my favorite hotels.
The St. Regis New York is also home to a great drink spot, by the way: the King Cole Bar.
In case you don’t know this already, in 1934 a barman there invented The Bloody Mary… although at that time, the name was deemed highly inappropriate for his elegant guests. So it was renamed the “Red Snapper.” Thank goodness the original name stuck, since that name is the one we all still love…
Speaking of a name we love, Paul wasn’t the only person to come over from New York. Ed Westwick (aka Chuck from Gossip Girl) was also at the match. You can imagine his excitement – and that of all the other English fans – when England won. Although only just… 12 v 11!
Anyhow, the event was a good sign for England’s sporting teams, especially with the World Cup taking place next month!
All in all, it was a truly glamorous day. Here’s to many more to come this year…