A day of celebration of sporting ineptitude, washed down with classic cocktails
The Chap Olympiad provides Londoners with a day-long celebration of English eccentricity to the backdrop of a traditional summer garden party. Taking place on Saturday 16 July, Britain’s best dressed will once again descend on Bedford Square Gardens for a very British party, complete with Olympiad games for the unathletic, live music, and Bourne & Hollingsworth’s trademark cocktails.
Produced by Bourne & Hollingsworth – the team behind The Blitz Party and Cocktails in the City – guests can expect excellent cocktails, superb British food and truly unique entertainment. The Games are hosted by The Chap Magazine, a bi-monthly journal celebrating tweeds, hat-doffing, Martinis and all things gentlemanly, and throughout the day there will be live music from big bands, dancing and general merriment.
One of the trail-blazers in the experiential world, The Chap Olympiad blurs the lines between event and theatre, mixing audience and dedicated chaps, and bringing them together for an unforgettable experience. In line with this, Olympiad guests and participants are encouraged to stay within the limits of the dress code and fully immerse themselves in the day’s activities.
As Britain readies itself for a summer of sporting triumph at the Rio Olympics, The Chap Olympiad offers a welcome relief for those who were never picked for the school sports team due to being too weedy, and for whom a well-pressed suit is deemed close to godliness. True to the Chap style, the Olympiad games are designed to reward panache rather than sporting prowess, and require the minimum of physical exertion. Featuring such events as the Corby Trouser Press Challenge (an alternative assault course), Not Playing Tennis (the laziest ever game of tennis), and the eagerly observed Umbrella Jousting (as you might expect), The Chap Olympiad has become a London institution and a must-see event for anyone visiting London.
Bourne & Hollingsworth will be providing their trademark cocktails, both classic and low alcohol, alongside beer and wine coolers. Food will be served all day, from luncheon to supper. Overindulge at the barbecue, sip afternoon tea with home-made cakes and delicacies, or snack on ice cream and other garden party classics.
Under 16s must be accompanied by adults. Children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Dress code: elegant finery, military wear, formal wear, dandy wear. No sportswear except cricket whites and absolutely no denim. Please note that entry will be denied to anyone not complying with the dress code.
Bedford Square Gardens, Holborn
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