Oodles of Boodles!
Ah Boodles, how I love you. Not just for the jewels and champers (though it all helps). But also because Djokovic is playing his only pre-Wimbledon tennis tournament here. Book quick!
The Boodles, hosted at Stoke Park in South Buckinghamshire, is one of my favourite summer social/sporty events – I’ve been the last few years now and apart from getting massively sozzled and trying on jewellery worth more than my house (I checked the exits, they were all covered unfortunately), it’s a totally brilliant day out. Oh, and I think there’s some tennis being played too. Here’s why you should book your place at this hidden gem of a mens’ exhibition tournament.
The big boys are coming
See this guy? He’s the number one in the world right now and he’s playing The Boodles as his only warm up before Wimbledon. Who else, you say? Well until he did his knee in Juan del Potro was coming back for the second year in a row but fear not – there’s 21 year old tennis hottie Stefanos Tsitsipas to keep the temperature bubbling, plus the likes of Fabio Tognini and Denis Shapovalov.
You’re literally metres away from the action
Hope the players are ready for their close up – you’ll be near enough to touch them when they take off their tops (well not quite but here’s hoping). It’s like being at the front on Centre Court – no Henman Hill needed here – and the atmosphere is really relaxed and super fun. The players want to win (they’re pros after all) but ultimately they’re here for the grass court practise and the pay cheque!
It’s local, silly!
Can’t be arsed to struggle down to the coast or SW19? Don’t blame you, lady. Book a cab to Stoke Poges or drive if you want to park on site. Otherwise pop yourself down to Slough railways station for a free return shuttle bus to the venue, or best of all, do as I fully intend to do and hire Private Driver Club – they’ll drive you there in your own car, wait all day, and drop you back later. Niiiiiice!
Sleep it off
Imagine if at the end of a long day at Wimbledon, you could stroll 100 metres to a super luxe five star hotel in a Palladian mansion and crash out? Well you can do it here and take advantage of one of the ‘four must-visit spas in the world’. Trust me, that hot yoga room will sort your hangover out good and proper.
The Boodles, Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buck, SL2 4PG. Tel: 01753 717171.