Hedonistic Henley

BATD ON Jul 02, 2010 AT 3:19 pm

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Henley Royal Regatta

With the weather promising to hold out for the weekend, why not nip on the train or take a scenic drive over to Henley-On-Thames for a spot of boat watching and Pimms at the Royal Regatta. 

I had the pleasure of heading there on Thursday and it had a fantastic buzz about it. The tiny town is completley overtaken with rowing fanatics and socialites alike, as they flock down to the banks of the Thames to cheer on the races. There are a number of private enclosures such as Regatta and Stewards (for which there are strict dress codes) however you by no means have to have tickets for these to enjoy the day. There are stalls everywhere and a gentleman on Thursday mentioned that heading to the Cricket Grounds are a fantastic place to park and picnic before heading to watch the races. 

Sarah Harding with a Gallo Rosito

Sarah Harding with a Gallo Rosito

Plus once it’s all done and dusted, you can head to the notoriously hedonistic Mahiki Pop Up bar and get yourself a Gallo Rosito (I may have had one or two myself throughout the evening) or push the boat out and go for a Treasure Chest cocktail. The Pop-up bar is completely cordoned off and has a dance floor that gets packed until it closes at midnight. Just make sure you leave in time to get the last train though as it’s a bit of a trek in heels! 

I’d never been to Henley before, but with so much on offer it made for the perfect day out. I’d definitely recommend heading to the Mahiki tent too, you may even spot a celeb or two… I managed to have a sneaky chat with Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud (who had to dash to look after her dog!) and Daniel from the X Factor about code names for hotel bookings, although I’m afraid we were sworn to secrecy! 

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