A British institution in itself, the Royal Ascot horse races will soon return for another year of exhilarating sport, historic traditions and of course, lavish fashion. Why not dust off your best hat or fascinator and join the celebrations, hosted just outside of London near our stunning neighbouring city, Windsor?
The Ascot races are steeped in history and British tradition. Having first been founded by Queen Anne in 1711, the event has boasted the patronage of more than eleven monarchs, with our late Queen having won the event several times.
Whether you are looking to attend every day, or simply pass by on your trip to London, we would be proud to be your home away from home, just a short distance from the Championships. This June, why not make the most out of your visit and experience our neighbourhood’s bountiful selection of restaurants, theatres or galleries, moments from our doorstep…
As the first season of Ascot under the reign of new monarch King Charles III, particular attention will be paid to the royal procession, where select members of the Royal Family will arrive to open the event.
Ladies attending the event are advised to dress modestly, with dresses falling just below the knee or longer. Off the shoulder, strapless or spaghetti strap dress are also strictly prohibited. Ladies are of course more than welcome to subvert tradition and don fetching suit or trousers, so long as these are of a suitable length, material and colour.
A significant question for many Ladies attending for the first time may experience is how to choose an appropriate hat for the event. Hats or fascinators are advised, however a headpiece is considered acceptable so long as it’s diameter is larger than four inches. While this may be slightly daunting, Ascot presents a fun opportunity to put yourself out there, whether this be with a extravagant headpiece or a wacky fascinator.
Gentlemen attending the event are advised to wear a dapper full-length suit, with a collared shirt. Ascot kindly requests that guests pay special attention to their suiting matching and appropriate tie choices. While not essential for all enclosures, gentlemen in the Royal enclosure are advised to wear a top hat where possible.
Whether you are in need of a shopping spree on Bond Street, advice on the best place to purchase an Ascot-appropriate hat or simply directions to reach the event, our friendly Resident Insiders would be more than happy to assist you however you need.