Sunday, July 12, 2009

I SAY...

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to trundle along to The Chap Olympiad, held in Bedford Square Gardens - in the loveliest of the Bloomsbury squares. This event essentially celebrates Englishness. I will try and explain: Attendees might be wearing a tweed shooting outfit, full morning dress, or vintage lawn whites. They will almost certainly sport a monocle, a moustache, a pipe or all three. And oh so many hats: Homburgs, Panamas, Fedoras, Trilbies, Boaters, Bowlers, Top hats, I lost count.


Since my attendance was somewhat spontaneous I went in chapette mode (my influence was Coco Chanel wearing Boy Capel's clothes, but as we all know, if you have to explain your references, your outfit isn't doing it.) But with a little more preparation time; for the ladies, it's a chance to don your finest vintage tea dress, set your hair and put on matte red lipstick if ever there was one.


The events included: The Martini Knockout Relay (mixing a perfect dry martini without a butler), the Cucumber Sandwich Discus (one spectator was so busy taking a photo she got walloped in the eye by a china plate), my favourite event: Umbrella Jousting (on bicycles), the Pipeathlon and the Three Trousered Limbo. I'll let my photos do the talking... Umbrella jousting.


It was all conducted with a degree of gentlemanly decorum, with the occasional brolly in the spoke (the shields are re-inforced copies of the Daily Telegraph). Until...


Blood was spilled. Refreshments were on hand: jugs of Pimms, G&Ts, that sort of thing. BB, you would have loved it. A few more photos...


The BBC has more (and better) photos here. {photos: © me}

8 comments:

If Jane said...

clap clap clap...judging from the photos you must have had a fun day!
love the guy in the beige suit on the bike with the umbrella...
and the woman (in between the woman with the purple dress and the fellow with the jacket) she looks fabulous!!!
would have love dto see what you wore...

my wonderland said...

I love those images!
were they taken by you?
they are so england!
your blog is really cute!
www.holidayinhere.blogspot.com

Lola Is Beauty said...

If Jane: yeah she looked great - lots of people did. I really didn't dress up properly as I only knew I was going about an hour before!

my wonderland: yes they are all taken by me. thanks!

July Stars said...

Please invite me to come with you next year! I love it!

Bombay Beauty said...

Incredible! I used to walk this square every day on my way to work... Never did I imagine that these kind of fun and games would eventually inhabit this sleepy square... BB

Joanna Goddard said...

oh my goodness, what fun!!

Lola Is Beauty said...

JS - I will! You have to come.

BB - apparently you can hire the gardens, for a fee obviously. I'd like to hire them and just sit in them with a picnic all day.

JG - it really was, and so inventive!

Gaboushka said...

It looks great! The Chap website is pretty funny! I love the bit about hats and when you might wear them...