There’s a lot more to Henley than the stuffy Stewards’ Enclosure, club blazers and silly hats. BarChick goes along for the cocktails, food trucks and the after parties, and so should you. Here’s where to play riverside this time around…
Henley Bedouin Lounge
Wanna get wild on the river? Located at half-way point, these beautiful tents are the ultimate place to play as the rowers battle it out on the water. The bar will satisfy your every drinking whim; they’ve got everything from carefully curated cocktails and Champagne, to bio-dynamic wine and Pimm’s by the bucket-load. Hungry? There’s no need to leave - the oyster bar, fine food deli and cheese counter and organic ice-cream bar should satisfy your every craving. Ask for Will, he’ll sort you out.
Located at half-way point on the river racecourse, this is the ultimate place to take the toff out of the day and chow down on some mega food and drink. Bought to you from the boys behind The Running Horse pub and Chase distillery, they’ve got this side of the river on lock down. Food from Pitt-Smoked BBQ (US meat feast), The Duck Truck (duck!) and Rossopomodoro (pizza!), and drinks from Chase (of course), Meantime Brewery and Lanson if you’re in the mood for some Champagne. Catch Wimbledon on the big screen and live acoustic sets on the stage. This is where the party’s at.
That notorious club that everyone knows about but no one seems to have gone to is set to get the river raving come Friday and Saturday night. Sam Young will be getting the party started on Friday night and Pete Tong will be taking over the oars on Saturday. Tickets needed for this one, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henley Champagne and Cocktail Club
When night falls this place comes alive with awesome international DJs and VIP tables that just beg for money to be spanked on. We’re looking forward to hanging out at Ping – nothing beats a bit of table tennis when the river’s gone quiet.
Maggie’s – the after party!
Made it back from Henley? Need an incentive to make it back from Henley? Let Maggie’s ease you into the after party. If you’re sporting a Henley tag then that’s free entry right there. Open until 3.30am there’s no need to go anywhere else (except VQ next door when it closes).