Over 300,000 people make their way out west to Ascot to attend the most prestigious racing over five days, held in June.
The event attracts some of the best horse racing in the world, all vying for glory. It has seen many wonderful thoroughbreds in it's time. Ladies and gentleman dress for the occasion; this is an important part of the race day experience.
Of course, it is yet another opportunity to see Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal family. They travel in horse and carriage from one end of the racecourse to the other, midway through the day.
Images of the Queen giving a few fist pumps into the air were beamed around the racecourse after the win, much to the delight of the merry crowd.
Attending the Ascot Races was an opportunity I didn't want to miss out on whilst I was in London. So when one of my teacher friends posted online about organising a group I was very keen and assumed I'd get a ticket at a later date or even at the door.
Unfortunately, tickets for the Windsor Enclosure sold out months in advance and I was left without a ticket. Consequently, I arranged a ticket when I found one online via Gumtree...at double the ticketed value price.
I ended up paying £80 or what was $160 AUD for the equivalent of a general admission ticket. The moral of the story is that this is one event you must book in advance!
You were permitted to take in your own bottle of champagne per person, if it was bought in with a picnic.
So my friends and I prepared some French cheeses, bread and dips, cucumber, salmon and cream cheese sandwiches, meatballs and sausage rolls.
There is a stricter dress code at Ascot, as opposed to the Melbourne Cup, for instance, fancy dress is not permitted. However, there is no public holiday for a horse race in the UK, unlike in Australia!
There was also a live band with dancing at the end of the days' races which saw many people remain to celebrate. The pubs at Ascot were spilling onto the street and the train ride home was also an experience.
I met another teacher from the coastal town of Brighton on the train ride home and we had a drink at a pub too, because, that's what you do after a day at the races in England, head to the local pub!
British drinking culture is different to in Australia, they seem to drink more regularly but at a steadier pace.
Of course there were plenty of Australians at Ascot too. I put a £2 bet on a horse race and was disappointed when I lost but as one colleague at work suggested, a £2 loss is a win at the races!
As I made the bet, I accidentally said to the bookmaker that I'd like to put $2 on the Queen's horse.
With that he responded 'I love you Australians!' I'm still working on using the proper language of currency, which was also evident when I mistakenly planned this weeks' homework, which was complete with Australian currency, not English!