Few sights are more English than a rowing eight, pulling in perfect harmony amidst the sun’s dappled rays on the River Thames. The Henley Royal Regatta is the pinnacle of the English rowing year. Founded in 1839, it is the most famous regatta in the world. But if you don’t know the famous rowing clubs or crews, don’t worry; you will be in very good company. Lining the banks of the River Thames are thousands who simply enjoy the tradition, the hospitality and the sight of rowing crews sweating in the sun while you do nothing more strenuous than lift a glass.
The prime spot here is the Stewards’ Enclosure: it is open only to members and their guests and, like Royal Ascot, has a rigidly enforced dress code.
Dress code: In the Stewards’ Enclosure, ladies must wear skirts or dresses - never trousers - and with a hemline below the knee. Hats are encouraged. Gentlemen must wear jackets or suits with ties or cravats.