It’s about fast horses, fancy hats and fashion at Royal Ascot, the most glamorous event in London’s sporting calendar. It is an annual event held in June, where members of the royal family gather at the Ascot Racecourse for a 5-day meet.
Since the first Royal Meeting in 1768, this quintessentially British event has evolved into a delightful mix of rich English tradition, style and horse-racing, making this one of the great highlights in the British social calendar. Today, the Royal Ascot attracts over 300,000 exquisitely and sometimes flamboyantly dressed race-goers, celebrities and socialites looking to be seen and heard.
Throughout the week, each day’s events starts off with the Royal Procession, a ceremony that dates back to 1820 during King George IV’s reign. The Queen and the Royal Party arrive in majestic horse-drawn carriages, making its way into the Parade Ring at 2.00pm where it travels down the enclosures where the crowds are able to wave and take pictures. The first and last race of each day begins at 2.30pm and 5.35pm. Be sure to stick around after the races, as race-goers will usually head down to the bandstand to celebrate their winnings.
Staying in the UK for the month of June? We’ve compiled an all-you-need-to-know guide to the Royal Ascot so you won’t have to miss out on anything.
Getting there: Ascot Racecourse is located along the charming British countryside next to Windsor Great Park and a 50 minute drive from any of our Fraser Properties in London.
There are frequent train service to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 46 minutes from Waterloo. So plan your traveling time accordingly. Regular services also run from Guildford and the railway station is a seven minute walk from the Racecourse.
Highlights of the 2012 Royal Ascot
19th June, Tuesday: The most prestigious of the races take place – Queen Anne Stakes, the King’s Stand Stakes and the St Jame’s Palace Stakes. Queen Anne Stakes commemorates the first ever race held at Ascot in 1711, established by Queen Anne herself. 300 years later, the tradition still runs strong as the criterions for the race still remain the same.
20th June, Wednesday: The 150th Anniversary of the Prince of Wale’s Stakes, said to be the most important race at the Royal Meeting this year, with the prize fund raised to £500,000. The second day is said to be the most suitable for groups of friends or tourists to enjoy the Royal Ascot at a more comfortable pace with only a single Group 1 race.
21st June, Thursday: Highlights of the day include the highly coveted Group 1 Gold Cup, a staggering 2.5 endurance race. The third day of the Royal Ascot is also called ‘Ladies Day’ – a real feast for the eyes as race-goers showcase their stunningly beautiful and sometimes outrageously creative dresses. This day is a must-visit for all fashionistas, enthusiasts, and photographers alike.
22nd June, Friday: The Coronation Stakes take place, bringing together the best of Europe’s fillies (a young female horse) to compete. Another race to catch would be the King Edward VII Stakes, similar to the British ‘Epsom’ classic races for thoroughbred fillies. The fourth day sees more families with kids, as children are only allowed to enter on last 2 days of the event.
23rd June, Saturday: This year, the Golden Jubilee Stakes is renamed as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s important milestone. This race features only the best thoroughbred horses aged three years and older, and should bring the Royal Meeting to a dramatic close. The final day sees the most numbers, as both adults and children who cannot make it on weekdays show up for the festivities.
First time at the Royal Ascot? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts:
- Get a race card: The card will contain all the timings for the events of the day. You can use it as a programme and plan your time while at the Race Course.
- Place a bet: It’s part of the occasion, so don’t be afraid to bet even if you’re a rookie. Select a horse that suits your fancy, and you can either bet for it to win (finish first) or each-way (finish in top three or four of the race). An each-way bet costs twice as much as a bet to win, but has a higher chance of winning. Don’t forget to hang on to your betting slip after that!
- Remember where the bookmakers are, because you’ll have to go back to them with your betting slip if you win.
- Don’t cause a stir by violating the dress code! Stick to following guidelines:
- Dresses and skirts should be just slightly above the knee or longer
- Dresses and tops should have straps greater than 1-inch/2.5 centimetres.
- Strapless or off-the-shoulder dresses are strictly prohibited by the venue
- A headdress is compulsory for both genders and must over at least 4 inches/10 centimetres of the head.
- Gentlemen are expected to be in suit and tie.
- Shorts are strictly prohibited
- Children must be dressed formally. A headdress is not compulsory but still highly recommended. Boys are recommended to be in a shirt and tie, while girls in a dress
- Overseas visitors are welcomed to wear their national dress. Military visitors are allowed to turn up in their Service Dress or ceremonial uniforms.
Happen to be in London during this period? Consider some of our Fraser properties guaranteed to make your stay an enjoyable one.
Fraser Suites Kensington offers the romantic elegance of Victorian London with the style and comforts of the modern age, all within the heart of London. This luxury serviced apartment property features studios, one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom suites, and access to a library and business lounge for well-travelled executives and their family
If you’re travelling with your family, make Fraser Place Queens Gate and Fraser Place Canary Wharf your choice of stay. Chic and vibrant, a healthy work/life balance is easy to enjoy in the inviting lounge with a range of beverages, and there is also a recreation hub with games consoles and space for a host of activities.
Fraser Residence is a sanctuary, often located on the fringe of the Central Business District. Each Residence offers a quieter environment that’s ideal for extended corporate stays: Fraser Residence Bishopsgate, Fraser Residence Blackfriars, Fraser Residence London City, Fraser Residence Monument and Fraser Residence Prince of Wales Terrace. The majority of properties have Wellness Centres that provide spa treatments for good health and wellbeing, making them a home-away-from-home, designed to complement the lifestyles of its guests.
Fraser Place Queens Gate – This property combines elegant Victorian beauty with contemporary design to create a welcoming ‘home for home’ comforts during your stay in London. The stately residence with exquisite tall pillars and floral decoration is conveniently located on the Cromwell Road and moments away from all the historic and shopping districts that London has to offer. Fraser Place caters for those seeking short term accommodation. The executive apartments at Fraser Place Queens Gate can be booked by the night, making them the ideal alternative to any hotel in London. The kind of temporary furnished apartments corporate travellers dream of, they offer hotel luxury but with the homely touches you tend to miss during an extended hotel stay. They really are the ultimate corporate housing solution for those wanting to rent short term.
Just round the corner from Gloucester Road underground station the property is only a stone’s throw away from Britain’s most fashionable shopping areas. Kensington is also home to many chic restaurants, bars and cafes as well as major tourist attractions such as Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, The Royal Albert Hall, The Natural History & Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. And with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and many of London’s top couture boutiques just down the roads celebrity spotting is a distinct possibility.
Fraser Place Canary Wharf – This luxury property has 63 stunning executive apartments each showcasing the best of contemporary design. Each executive apartment, from the spacious one and two bedroom apartments to the dazzling penthouse with its conservatory and roof terrace, offers magnificent views over Canary Wharf, the River Thames and a marina fronted by the O2 Dome. All in all it’s the most stunning London serviced apartment imaginable.
Strategically located in the fashionable Canary Wharf area – London’s newest financial centre with spectacular riverfront setting and ultramodern towers the serviced residence provides easy access to The ExCel Centre (London’s new state-of-the-art “pillarless” exhibition centre), London’s West End and the City’s financial centre. A wide range of cosmopolitan restaurants, wine bars, bistros, pubs, quality shops, and leisure and sports facilities are located nearby too. Fraser Place Canary Wharf is conveniently located 5-minutes from bustling Canary Wharf shopping and entertainment complex, while road, rail and airport links are all accessible within a 10-minute walk or ride.
Fraser Residence Bishopsgate – A few minutes walk away from Liverpool Street Station and in the shadow of Old Spitalfields, one of London’s most historic markets, Fraser Residence Bishopsgate is amongst the finest and most desirable properties in the City. With a host of restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the immediate vicinity, as well as galleries, shops and the famous Brick Lane, the property offers the ideal location to combine business with pleasure. Each of the apartments is fitted with the finest wood flooring, fully-fitted bathrooms and furnished with beautifully appointed contemporary furniture. Colourful accents and the most superb fittings set the scene for effortless relaxation during your business or leisure stay.
Fraser Residence Blackfriars is a well-designed modern residence comprising twelve beautifully finished luxury apartments situated in the heart of the City of London. Each apartment has been cleverly designed to create light and airy living spaces, with views over a tranquil ancient tree lined city courtyard. The accommodation features the latest in room technology, superior architectural detailing, luxury fixtures and fittings and the finest Italian designer furniture.
Fraser Residence Blackfriars could not be closer to many of the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies. The property is located on a site of great historical interest adjacent to Playhouse Yard, the former site of Shakespeare’s Winter Theatre, which was originally a Dominican monastery called ‘Blackfriars Monastery’ due to the black robes worn by the Dominican monks or friars. The pulsating area offers a wealth of cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques along with wonderful historical pubs such as ‘The Blackfriar’, an Arts and Crafts architectural gem, which is considered to be one of the City’s finest public houses.
Fraser Residence Blackfriars is the perfect extended stay solution for relocation, training or working on location in the centre of London. St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge and River Thames are only a stone’s throw away from this stunning new development. ‘Blackfriars’ underground station, which is serviced by the District and Circle lines, and National Rail, with a direct connection to London Gatwick Airport, are only a three minute walk from the residence. Numerous day and night bus routes pass close to the site and car parking facilities are available nearby.
Fraser Residence City – This brand new apartment hotel in London is located in Lovat Lane, a cobbled pedestrian alley from Lower Thames Street to Eastcheap, within the traditional City of London. There are 22 well-appointed designed contemporary and airy apartments ranging from Studios, One bedroom apartments and a stunning Penthouse complete with a large roof terrace. Each of the apartments is fitted with the finest oak wood flooring, wool and linen carpets, fully-fitted bathrooms boasting the best in fittings and furnished with beautifully appointed contemporary furniture. A wide range of cosmopolitan restaurants, wine bars, bistros, pubs, quality shops, and leisure and sports facilities are located nearby too.
Fraser Residence Monument nestles in a historical enclave right in the heart of ‘The City’, London’s financial and business district. The residence comprises 14 beautifully designed contemporary and airy apartments fashioned from the shell of this former period office building. The upper floors enjoy fabulous views of the city skyline and of the ‘Monument’ which was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, a major three day blaze that swept through the central parts of London in 1666. The development is topped off with a striking penthouse which features two spacious outdoor terraces. Each of the apartments is fitted with the finest dark oak wood flooring, wool and linen carpets, fully fitted bathrooms boasting the best in European fittings and furnished with designer Italian furniture.
Fraser Residence Monument is the perfect extended stay solution for relocation, training or working on location in the centre of London. The Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Tower Bridge are only a five minute stroll along the banks of the River Thames. World class shopping can be enjoyed at the exclusive Royal Exchange nearby. London Underground Monument station is conveniently located around the corner of the property and is serviced by the District, Circle, Northern and Central lines and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which offers direct access to Canary Wharf – London’s new financial business district.
Fraser Residence Prince of Wales Terrace is in one of the most prestigious areas in the heart of London, opposite Kensington Palace with High Street Kensington and the Royal Parks on its doorstep. This area has always been closely associated with the British Monarchy. The Albert Hall and the recently restored Albert Memorial dedicated to Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria are both located in Kensington. And, more recently, the area has been associated with the late Princess Diana, who lived at Kensington Palace.
This London executive apartment property features spacious one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom and four bedroom apartments all of which have recently been refurbished to an exceptional standard. They’re the kind of luxury furnished apartments corporate travellers dream of and whether you’re looking for short term accommodation, London vacation apartments or extended stay apartment rental our luxury serviced apartments are an extremely attractive alternative to any hotel in London. Combining hotel luxury accommodation with many of the home touches that you miss during extended hotel stays, they really are the ultimate corporate housing solution.
Fraser Residence Prince of Wales Terrace’s luxury apartments enjoy excellent access to the rest of London as Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations are just 7 and 5 minute walk respectively. Gloucester Road is serviced by the Piccadilly, District and Circle lines while High Street Kensington is serviced by the District and Circle lines.