The Henley Royal Regatta.

Where do I even start? It’s the social event of the season (for me anyways) and I love it!

Colourful trousers, bright blazers, glorious hats, Pimms and all that incredible top notch rowing! What’s not to like? Oooh did I mention the Pimms?

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

The Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held annually by the town of Henley-on-Thames. In its 175th year, it is by far the most prestigious regatta in the world predating both British Rowing and the International Federation of Rowing Associations. Crews from all around the world compete to win in 20 events including the The Grand Challenge Cup over 5  full days of competition. So basically, it’s kind of a big deal in the world of rowing. 

I rocked up at the Stewards’ Enclosure bright and early on the Wednesday with Seb and the UCL lot. As you probably already know, I am no rowing expert but what I do know is that rowers know how to have a good time and today was not going to be any different!

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

What’s the first thing we did? Get some Pimms ofcourse!

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta Manchester

Henley Royal Regatta

Pimmed up, we perched ourselves on the signature HRR deck chairs and watched a few races.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

And cheered on UCL ofcourse, who won their race on Wednesday.

Henley Royal Regatta

Which called for a celebration! We cracked open a bottle of Boizel specially selected for the regatta which went down a right treat.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

It was such a glorious day, one of the hottest days of the year apparently.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

And we made the most of it!

Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Royal Regatta

Unfortunately my camera wasn’t ready for the fine stripes on my blazer. Looking at the Hackett blazer I had on doesn’t normally give you a headache (I promise!).

Henley Royal Regatta

I saw the tie I was wearing on the Mr. Porter website last month and really wanted it but didn’t get around to buying it. A few days before the regatta, the Richard James tie was in the sale at Mr. Porter! That was surely a sign and I just had to get it! Ka-Ching! I absolutely love the boats on it – it’s the right amount of quirky without looking tacky.

Henley Royal Regatta

Before we knew it, it was time for lunch! We headed over to the Luncheon Tent in the Stewards’ Enclosure for a three course meal.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

I love the table layout, you are sat next to random strangers and it’s quite fun chatting to people who you might have never met otherwise. It’s one of my favourite things about the regatta (oh and the rowing ofcourse).  We sat down next to a lovely couple from Wimbledon and chatted away as we dug into some lovely beef.

Henley Royal Regatta

How is this for a dessert?

A chai tea infused clotted cream panna cotta in a raspberry and rhubarb soup.

Henley Royal Regatta

Or the quintessentially English strawberries and cream?  Both were absolutely fab!

Henley Royal Regatta

Lunch over, it was time to head out and watch a few more races by the river.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

We usually tend to sit by the river with a picnic basket watching the races late into the evening but this year we decided to book ourselves in for some afternoon tea. We sat down and dug into a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones alongside tea and iced coffee.

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Before heading out into town for a few more drinks.

Henley Royal Regatta

It was nice and civilised till Seb got us all a shot of Jägerbomb. 

Henley Royal Regatta

One shot turned into 4, 7, 8…..you know what I mean!

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Henley Royal Regatta

Which was my queue to put my camera away. We partied into the night before heading back to our camp site. Still baffles me how all of us managed to find our way back to the camp site in the middle of the night but hey ho…I wasn’t complaining – I was happy to have a bed blow up mattress for the night.

Day 1 of Henley couldn’t have been better. Come back later and I will tell you all about Day 2 (post here)