“Colonial” Lunch at the Hurlingham Club

The Hurlingham Club
The Hurlingham Club
The Hurlingham ClubThe Hurlingham Club
The Hurlingham Club
The Hurlingham Club
The Hurlingham ClubThe Hurlingham ClubThe Hurlingham Club
The Hurlingham Club
The Hurlingham Club
Remember the hiatus I announced in the last post? Well, I have broken it already. Apparently spending my day doing research and drafting only makes me yearn for yet more writing! This post is quite a dated one as it concerns a lunch I had with some friends back in the beginning of July. One of them was visiting from abroad, so we decided that nothing but a luxurious lunch in the sunshine would do, more spesifically, at The Hurlingham Club in Putney – complete with a residential peahen! The main building is Georgian whereas the rest of the club fairly Victorian, complete with the most beautiful greenhouse.

I had only ever visited in winter or spring before, so I was thrilled to finally get a chance to see the rose garden in summer. We had our lunch outdoors, as this was in the early days of that insane heat we have had in London this summer. When the staff started to put out tablecloths to prepare for a party in the evening, our visiting friend pointed out that it all felt very colonial: the staff at work in the Georgian and Victorian surroundings, us lazily ating our lunch with a jug of Pimms under an old tree, protected from the blazing sun by the rich leaves overhead…

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