There was no better invite to receive last week than to MINT Polo in the Park. The weather in SW6 has been glorious and the streets of Fulham are filled with twentysomethings revelling in the heatwave. The last week has seen the local pubs overflowing with fulhamites enjoying a glass of Pimms and the lazy long summer evenings.
I was thrilled when my friend Jonathan, a fellow Fulham advocate, said he had a spare ticket for Friday’s Polo in the Park at the local Hurlingham Club. There could not have been a more pleasant way to spend a Friday evening after work than in the sunshine watching an exhilarating match of Polo and soaking up the weekend atmosphere.
Not too au fait with the regulations and etiquette of Polo myself I was pleased to be with Jonathan who had been to this annual event before and knew the best places to get a drink, sit in the stalls and generally mingle. With an icy cold Bulmers in hand and healthy dose of people watching completed we retreated to our prime seats in the stalls to watch London versus Buenos Aires.
Polo in the Park is as glamorous as it is fun; the Aussie commentator had the spectators in stitches with his satirical quips targeted at the posing Argentines and slightly useless Londoners during the match. The first half saw Buenos Aires take a lead of 8 goals to zero, something of an embarrassment for our home team but with some English resilience we managed to claw it back to a slightly less humiliating defeat of 10-4.
In true Polo style the socialising is as much a part of the day as the matches. The toss up is whether to hang out in the British chino and loafer quarters at The Punch Bowl sipping pints or whether to glam it up Euro style at the Mahiki tent drinking Pina Coladas from pineapples. Either way you’re bound to have a great time and stagger back to Parsons Green tube smiling.