Calling all dandies, fops and gentlefolk. This July, The Chap Olympiad gives you the chance to show off not so much your athletic abilities, but more your aesthetic aptitude, in a two day celebration of all things gentlemanly. A joint venture of The Chap magazine and cocktail connoisseurs Bourne and Hollingsworth (you really should check out their excellent eponymous underground drinking establishment off Tottenham Court Road), the Olympiad is back for the fourth time and this year, due to popular yet polite demand, they’ve doubled it to a two day event. (The Chaps have actually been asked to stage an event in the real Olympic Park later in July, too.)
What can one expect at the Olympiad? Well spectators can lounge around the delightful surrounds of Bedford Square Gardens (just round the corner from the Bourne & Hollingsworth), admiring each others formal finery, sipping gin and tonics and enjoying live music and dancing in between the official Olympiad sporting events. And for those chaps and chapettes who wish to compete for a coveted bronze, silver or gold cravat, this year the line up features:
Think you’ve got the wit and panache to become an Olympiad champion? Or just want to watch the dapper chaps and chapettes in compettion? Tickets are £20 per day or £30 for the weekend. Buy them here. Be warned, though, you’ll have to adhere to the dress code – elegant formal finery or military wear is preferred, the only sportswear permitted is cricket whites, and don’t even think about wearing denim.