Top London hot spots relocate for the summer sports season

Tim Badham

With Mint Polo in the Park kicking off the summer party scene next weekend, we can all pretend to be interested in sports we don’t know the rules to while quaffing champagne. Londons VIP clubs don’t like to be left out so as the socialites (and social climbers) venture out of W1 and SW1, many venues will also be decamping to the countryside.

Boujis is picking up the Chinawhite mantel and is crashing this year’s Audi International Polo (formerly the Cartier Polo) at Guards Polo Club on Sunday 28 July. With Boujis hosting the after party and offering all day hospitality, it should be the hot ticket as it will want to put on a real show for its inaugural year.

Chinawhite has been replaced by Libertine on Winsley Street but the brand is still very much alive. This year it is popping up at the Henley Regatta, which takes place from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 July, right by the start line and is under orders to get the party started (apparently there will be some rowing too). You can hang out for the whole day or aim for an after-party to remember from in the great outdoors.

Henley is positively awash with high end London establishments this year. It’s Mahiki’s fifth year of tiki revelry on the river with a public area and two special VIP areas, the Lexus Mahiki Experience and The Lexus Mahiki Experience Waterfront. Kings Road's VIP bar JuJu is taking its place for the first time with a champagne garden from which to watch the rowing or indeed the tennis on.

For something more off the beaten track even Soho’s top nightspot The Box is getting in on the action at Wilderness Festival (Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 August), where it will be hosting the Secret Valley VIP area. Locals beware!

Finally, Crazy Bear’s own summer soirée is gathering momentum and this year the Garden Party (Saturday 29th June) at its Standhampton outpost has JLS headlining at its all-day Thai barbeque banquet.

If you can’t quite drag yourself out of the Big Smoke fear not as the polo can come to you. Chukka is now away and running at Archer Street Bar in Soho to celebrate the sport of kings from the Jilly Cooper perspective.

Tim Badham is the founder of Innerplace, London’s social concierge service. @innerplaceLDN