Now in its ninth year, Chestertons Polo in the Park kicks off the summer social season with thrilling entertainment both on and off the pitch at Fulham’s Hurlingham Park deemed by many as the spiritual home of polo. The action begins on Friday 8 June with International Day, continuing with Ladies Day on Saturday 9 June and the fun draws to a close on Sunday 10 June with Finals Day.
On the opening day of the biggest polo tournament in Europe, the home team of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Team London will face reigning champs Argentex Team Dubai. Six city Polo teams from across the globe (including Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Zurich, Kissimmee, London and Dubai) will descend on the iconic Hurlingham Park to play three fiercely competitive matches a day in front of a packed-out crowd at this year’s Chestertons Polo in the Park.
Alongside the thrilling city matches, for the first time ever at the event ICM Team Ireland will take on Flannels Team England for a historic International highlight match on the Friday night. The Irish team is led by cousins Sebastian Dawnay and Earl of Tyrone Richard Le Poer, and polo runs through the veins of this duo, as their grandfather – David Dawnay – won Silver at the last ever appearance of Polo at the Olympics in 1936.
Sebastian Dawnay of Team Ireland said, “After winning the tournament in 2016 for Team Mandarin Hong Kong, I’m very excited to return to Hurlingham Park for my first international match. It will be the first time we go head to head with Team England at Chestertons Polo in the Park and competing under City Polo Series Rules – so we know it will be a fast and furious affair”.
The International match will heat up the three-day event which is now in its 9th year. Chestertons Polo in the Park is the finest summer social on the calendar, with a spectacular line-up of restaurants, bars, family entertainment and of course; polo. The newly ratified City Polo Series Rules allows spectators to follow the polo without needing any prior knowledge of the game and enjoy the fiercely competitive sport.
In our recent interview with George Meyrick, one of England’s top 8 highest handicapped polo players, when asked about Chestertons Polo in the Park making polo more accessible to a wider audience, George said: “Bringing polo in to London has created a great opportunity for a larger audience to connect with the sport.”
George went on to say, “Whilst there is polo being played on an almost daily basis in the countryside, playing in the city makes it much more accessible in a practical sense.”
On the subject of top tips for newcomers to the game, George advised: “When you hear the umpire blow the whistle, shake your head and say to the person next to you “I disagree with that one”. For the full interview with George Meyrick, don’t miss the next edition of SLOAN! Magazine.
If you just can’t wait for your Team England polo fix, click here to catch our interview with the wonderful Malcolm Borwick to discover more about the man behind the face of English polo.
With less than one week to go, Chestertons Polo in the Park provides all the finest ingredients for the perfect summer occasion. Not only can you watch three matches of the world’s best polo a day, but tickets also include access to The Grazing Paddock for top quality restaurants such as the M pop-up in addition to more casual street food options so you won’t go hungry!
From the iconic Mahiki and Polo Bars for classic cocktails and the Champagne Lanson Garden to the PIMM’s Bus and Garden and Fever-Tree Bar and Garden, there are plenty of choice for refreshment and entertainment including the Luxury Shopping Village.
Tickets for Chestertons Polo in the Park start from just £15. Tickets can be purchased from polo-in-thepark.frontgatetickets.com and please visit www.polointheparklondon.com for more information on the event itself.