Juliette’s been to…The Boodles Tennis

Juliette's been to... Boodles

It’s nose back to the grindstone for me today after a fabulous day of tennis and afternoon tea at The Boodles on Saturday, all organised by my personal fashion stylist, the lovely Atosa Anzalchi. After a luscious seafood linguine at San Marco, the exclusive members’ restaurant, we settled down for an afternoon of spectacular play from the likes of Sebastian Korda, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Dustin Brown. After their triumphs on Saturday, we are looking forward to seeing how they get on at Wimbledon this week.

Often seen as a warm-up for Wimbledon, The Boodles tennis is rather more relaxed, light-hearted and less frenetic, with a warm, friendly atmosphere and great camaraderie amongst the players. Less formal than some of the summer’s other sporting events, there may be fewer hats but some beautiful outfits were on display, with an abundance of pastels, summer colours and elegant, designer dresses, while the men were in cool, casual linens and light suits with matching panama hats (just in case the sun came out, which it didn’t really but that made for a more comfortable afternoon’s spectating).

Afternoon tea included delicious scones and plenty of Pimm’s. Many a glass of Perrier Jouet was also raised throughout the day but not, unfortunately, by me. Driving can sometimes have its drawbacks. Food throughout the day was imaginative and exquisite, prepared by award-winning chef Chris Wheeler and his team at Stoke Park.

The venue, as usual, was stunning with its historic Palladian mansion and glorious gardens, reserved courtside seating with an unrivalled view of the tennis and, of course, the opportunity to browse some of Boodles’ most beautiful jewellery. With fine food, an afternoon of good-humoured sport, splendid surroundings and good company, what more delightful way could there be to spend a summer’s day?

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