Drawing a vibrant crowd together for a summer-time spectacle of varsity rowing, unique events, corporate dinners and unmissable after-parties, the Henley Royal Regatta gives you that excuse to get all dressed up to enjoy a day by the river.

With more than 175 years of history and prestige behind it the Regatta is one of the most famous events of its kind. It’s taking place between Wednesday 29th June and Sunday 3rd July this year, with the usual combination of fiercely contested rowing races and parties that go long and big into the night. Here’s our guide to the best social events that’ll be going down on the banks of the Thames in 2018.

Crowds descend on the waterways of Oxfordshire for this renowned mid-summer Regatta.

Chateau Marmot - Buy Tickets

A newcomer to Henley for 2016, the roaming restaurant specialists at Chateau Marmot are promising two days of spectacular drinking, dining and live music from their beautiful enclosure. They’ll be here for the opening two days, pitching up just across from the start line of the race and transforming their space into one of the hottest properties of this year’s Regatta. There’ll be great views, a relaxed atmosphere and four-stunning courses, while the bar team keep everyone nice and hydrated with a decent spread of cocktails, spirits, bubbly and craft beers. You can find tickets here.

Expect gourmet goods and divine cocktails on the side of the river as Chateau Marmot make their Regatta debut.

Chinawhite - Buy Tickets

You’ll find one of the most glamorous Regatta experiences unfolding in the Chinawhite marquee. They’ve taken the Temple Island enclosure by storm since they first rocked up in 2013, returning on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July with their traditional mix of VIP hospitality and scintillating late-night celebrations. Join internationally acclaimed DJs and a headline slot from the Grammy award-winning Roger Sanchez at this year's massive event. More info & tickets.

Chinawhite's refined Regatta experience ends with a breathless after-party hosted by acclaimed DJs.

Sub Division @ The Lost Garden - Buy Tickets

Situated halfway along the riverbank and featuring two large late night marquees as well as a huge outdoor area, The Lost Garden is another of our picks for the top places to party at this year's Regatta. They're linking up with Sub Division come Thursday 30th, where you'll be able to find a pumping party atmosphere that features live performances, dance groups, fire shows, drinks and pop-up food vendors 'til midnight.

The Lost Garden is home to a VIP clubbing experience at the Regatta's halfway point.