Samuel Johnson once said that when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. Well, Sam -try living in London now!
We all enjoy its perks -the constant parties, 24h tubes, trendy pop-ups and restaurants. But don’t you sometimes just crave a bit of peace and quiet? A bit of country life? Most Londoners don’t know that they can enjoy country living without even leaving London. Of course, the royal parks offer much by way of greenery -but it’s the country pursuits that I miss the most. A long walk (in the direction of an old country pub), wild swimming, a bit of polo, maybe? Not as exclusive as one might think.
Richmond’s very own Ham Polo Club is a well-established institution. It’s one of the oldest polo clubs in the country and the last surviving polo club in London. The club is very welcoming and allows non-members to attend the polo matches every week in the summer by paying a very small entry fee of £5 -totally worth the price for what it offers! You can pay for tickets at the gates and even bring your own picnic (and booze!).
Last weekend, I visited the club with a friend. We decided we wanted to take some photos with the ponies so, between matches, we walked around the stables looking for inspiration. The vibe at the club is so chilled that not one person told us off for cuddling the ponies and taking pictures with them. Of course, being the animal lover that I am, I made a new friend. It’s crazy how you can build such a strong bond with an animal in such little amount of time -it would never happen between humans (not in Britain, anyway lol). I will be back soon my friend!
This is not a sponsored post, by the way -just me wanting to share my secrets with you!
All the best,
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