July 09, 2013, 2:58 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Not so much a sporting occasion, rather a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude, The Chap Olympiad returns on Saturday 13th July. Orchestrated by The Chap magazine for gentlemen and gentlewomen of good taste, it is a spiffing non-sporting event in Bedford Square Gardens. With the gardens centred on one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, it is a fitting backdrop for such a distinguished occasion on the London events calendar.
Returning for its ninth year, attendants are invited to partake in a number of zany showdowns, including Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances; Tug of Moustache, two hirsute contestants are required to pluck a single hair from their opponent's lip weasel; and Ironing Board Surfing, carried by their teammates, contestants must balance on an ironing board while holding a cocktail.
This year also welcomes a new raft of events to the programme such as the Parallel Bars, which involves contestants standing between two parallel cocktail bars and mixing two drinks simultaneously; Bounder Hunt, females are invited to hunt the bounder throughout the gardens using a large butterfly net, the first one to catch the cad gets to slap him with her handbag; and Beach Volleybowler, a game of beach volleyball with a bowler hat used as a ball and skimpy swimwear strictly prohibited. Contestants will be rewarded on panache rather than sporting prowess.
As well as the non-sporting events, the day also includes banjos, boaters, sandwiches and Pimm's by the bucket load. The dress code is elegant finery, military wear, formal and dandy wear – absolutely no sportswear, except cricket whites, and no ghastly denim.
Find out about all the best events taking place in London over the coming months with LondonTown.com'sSummer 2013 in London article.
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