When you’re studying luxury hospitality in London, there’s no shortage of opportunities to see and experience the industry first-hand. From hotels and restaurants, to spas and world-famous events, the UK capital has it all.

And few events are more quintessentially British than Royal Ascot.

From the Royal Procession and attendance of the Queen, to the communal bandstand singing and six top-class races, it’s an event steeped in history and tradition. Race weekend in October represented a great opportunity for our London-based students to immerse themselves in real-life hospitality at this 300 year-old venue.

A day of luxury hospitality

For the 12 students, the trip was a reward for their involvement in the school and work as a Glion Ambassador, forming part of the London Experience. They were treated to a hospitality package including lunch, drinks, afternoon tea, and access to the Queen Anne Enclosure and restaurant all day.

The Glion ladies brought a strong hat-game to the Queen Anne Enclosure

Named in honour of the racecourse’s founding monarch, the Queen Anne Enclosure is at the epicentre of Royal Ascot, situated close to the Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure. Glion students donned their finest attire, including some impressive hats, and enjoyed access to elegant Champagne bars, tea rooms and the atmospheric raised terraces, experiencing hospitality fit for a Queen.

The atmosphere was buzzing!

The students enjoyed their first visit to Britain’s most valuable race meeting and immersed themselves in this truly international luxury event.

“It was such a fabulous day. We arrived and the weather was beautiful, the sky was crystal clear. The atmosphere was buzzing already at 10.30am, everyone looked very glamorous in beautiful dresses and hats!”, said one of the members of staff in attendance.

After a few hours exploring the historic race course and soaking up the atmosphere, the students sat down for the gourmet lunch included in their hospitality package. “We had a lovely four course lunch in the Queen Anne Enclosure where Afternoon tea was also served.”

And the Afternoon Tea delivered a quintessentially British experience

Enjoying the London experience

Part of studying at Glion London is enjoying what this capital of culture, luxury and tradition has to offer, outside of the classroom. To help students get the most from this vibrant city, we deliver the London Experience, giving top-contributing individuals the chance to sample the beating heart of the UK. The Royal Ascot trip was part of the London Experience and a unique treat for 12 Glion students that have helped improve Glion for everyone.

The students had a commanding view from the raised terraces

After enjoying their lunch, the students headed to the raised terraces to cheer on the horses and get a great view of a complex, constantly-changing hospitality environment. Exploring the race course offered a fascinating insight into the many aspects of hosting an international, large scale event.

There were plenty of betting tips for those who fancied a flutter…But not all horses had a chance of winning!

The students had an amazing time and enjoyed being a part of a world-renowned hospitality event for the day.

“We watched the race from our table but later we went out to the race course, it was amazing to see the horses so close! Also, it was incredible that the Queen was there!”, Alexandra said. “Ascot was a very unique experience and we were so lucky to be part of a quintessentially British event!.”

Find out more about the London Experience at Glion.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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