Champagne tasting whilst hearing about the Chestertons Polo in the Park tournament? At the top of The Shard? Whilst my children are being entertained by party entertainers to Royalty? Oh go on then! Though I skipped the taking my kids part as – regular readers will know – my 3 year old is more than a handful.
Chestertons Polo in the Park
Chestertons Polo in the Park is an annual three-day polo tournament held at Fulham’s Hurlingham Park. This year the event runs from 9-11th June 2017 and is sponsored by award-winning estate agents, Chestertons. Hurlingham Park is a fairly small course for polo so the tournament is played under “City Polo rules”. This format allows the spectators to get closer to the action, which is especially great for family viewing. The last day of the tournament is a Family Day, with children’s activities running through the morning before the matches kick off. This giant kids party is being run by A-List party entertainers Sharky & George. They have devised an energetic plan to keep the most boisterous of kids entertained. Activities include rocket balloon launching, an ultimate water bomb catapulting competition, the biggest game of musical statues ever, a 100-a-side tug of war, all followed by a pitch evasion!
There’s also a Grazing Paddock at the event with a taste of the best of London’s restaurants and street food.
The View from the Shard
This was my first time inside Western Europe’s tallest building. At 800ft high it offers London’s tallest viewing platform and on a clear day you can see to Windsor Castle towards the west and Thames Barrier in the east.
We had a guided tour around the viewing gallery on Level 69 and the open-air Skydeck on Level 72. I’m not great with heights but I was pleased how calm I felt around the viewing gallery (OK, I suppose the Lanson champagne helped!). I even braved going up to the open air floor on Level 72 but once outside, I didn’t feel brave enough to leave the door.
Our guide, Sanchez, was sympathetic and also a great source of info on all the famous buildings we could see across London.
Kids Go Free at Half-Term!
If you are thinking of a family visit soon, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Kids Go Free over half-term week (27th May to 4th June 2017)! See the Shard’s website for more details and to book tickets – www.theviewfromtheshard.com
If you do go, DO NOT MISS going to the loo whilst up at the top, the view – literally – from the loo is spectacular!