Europe,  UK

Ladies what play golf on the roof of Selfridges

2012-09-01 13.59.06This summer Selfridges reopened its roof to launch The Big Rooftop Tea and Golf Party. Every year it has turned the area into something outstanding, and 2012 didn’t disappoint. As well as hosting the highest afternoon tea on Oxford Street (come back on Friday to read our review) it was also home to the Bompas and Parr crazy golf course.

Designed by British jellymongers and food architects Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, the nine-hole course is designed to look like giant cake versions of London landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Nelson’s Column and the Gherkin.

A friend and I managed to take the executive lift up to what turns into something from Alice in Wonderland just a day or two before the golf season came to an end (although the café is still open until the end of September). And although we were absolutely rubbish (don’t worry, the area was netted to protect pedestrians below from my hacking technique), we did have a blast!

You’re unable to book so it’s a matter of get there before it opens (midday), join the queue and hope you can pencil yourself into a slot and thankfully we did. As you leave the lift and walk down the astroturfed hallway you can sit on a toadstool and admire the crazy decorating whilst waiting your turn.

Unsurprisingly the course was very busy as they squeezed us all in, but with prosecco in hand we were all in high spirits and chatting with our golfing neighbours as we laughed at our rather embarrassing score sheet.

But on a positive note, at least it smelt nice! No, I’m not going crazy, Bompas and Parr actually added the smell of Bakewell tart to the scoring cards via a clever micro-technology system. It took me a while until I worked out what it reminded me of – my old Strawberry Shortcake toys, but it was a cool and quirky touch.

I have always been rubbish at crazy golf, but even so this course was one of my most fun golfing experiences. It was a great concept for something to do on a lovely summer’s day in London and I can’t wait to see what crazy ideas appear on the rooftop next year.

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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