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The Chap has 352 articles published.

The Chap was founded in 1999 and is the longest-serving British magazine dedicated to the gentlemanly way of life, with its own quirky, satirical take on a style that has recently entered the mainstream.
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New Chap Edition Video

This short videogramme by Sophie Gargett gives a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store for readers of Chap Summer 20, published in May 2020. Heading the cast is Honor Blackman, the subject of a profile by editor Gustav Temple, which focuses on the star’s roles as Cathy Gale in The Avengers and Pussy Galore in … Keep Reading

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The Chap Drinks

The Story of Gin

Gustav Temple and Olly Smith on the transformation of gin from slum-dweller’s slosh to sophisticate’s tipple “Liquid Madness sold at tenpence the quarter.” Thus did Thomas Carlyle, admittedly not the world’s greatest party animal, describe gin in 1839. Back then, gin was still waiting for its launch into the High Life, and was the tipple … Keep Reading

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The Chap Drinks

Cocktails for Lockdown

Gustav Temple and Olly Smith share the ideal cocktails to make at home, while the cocktail bars are all closed during Lockdown The origin of the word ‘cocktail’ remains a mystery to historians. One minute men were swigging fermented fruit from gourds and grunting at each other, the next they were swapping witticisms while sipping … Keep Reading

Features

Chaps of the War

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a celebration of the most eccentric, daring, heroic chaps who fought on their own terms and displayed remarkable sangfroid in the face of the enemy DIGBY TATHAM-WARTER Formerly of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Major Tatham-Warter commanded the 2nd Parachute Battalion’s ‘A’ Company. ‘A’ Company were selected … Keep Reading

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The Chap Drinks

England Sparkles

Olly Smith pays a visit to the East Sussex vineyard of Breaky Bottom to inspect the terroir and enjoy the company of owner Peter Hall  “Aaaaah filthy!” These were the words I growled joyfully on all fours while sniffing the earth beneath the vines at Breaky Bottom. It was my first visit to Peter Hall, the … Keep Reading

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Features/The Chap Drinks

Whisky Galore

Olly Smith sings fulsome praises to the grandfather of all gentlemanly drinks, Whisky In John Landis’ 1983 comedy Trading Places, the villainous duo of Mortimer and Randolph Duke attempt to lure Eddie Murphy into their limousine by proffering a small bottle with the words “whisky – all you want!”. As a child, this always struck … Keep Reading

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Interviews

Rita Tushingham Interview

Gustav Temple meets the actress who launched her career aged 18 in A Taste of Honey and now appears in Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse Are you excited about The Pale Horse coming to our screens soon? Yes I am, because everyone loves Agatha Christie but this is a very different type of production, because … Keep Reading

Interviews

Vic Reeves Interview

On a rain lashed, windswept day in Hove, East Sussex, Vic Reeves and actor Tony Pitts ducked into the Westbourne Pub to discuss 1970s haircuts, ham salads, turnips, the shapes of bird bills, Blakeys and Rizzle Kicks. Photos by Soulstealer Photography Tony Pitts: Hello Jim – can I call you Jim? I’ve got some questions … Keep Reading

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Features

Rev Leslie Skinner

“Caught up with RHQ at Enscheide by mid morning. Went down main street to see how things were going. Odd elements of German infantry being winkled out. Half way down main street firing broke out on both ends so I dived into a shop for cover. It was a barbers shop, so I had a … Keep Reading

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Chap Summer 20

The new edition of Britain’s longest-running gentleman’s journal comes out on 18th May 2020. Despite global lockdown due to Covid-19, all stops have been pulled out to make this as splendid an edition as ever. Our cover star and subject of our main feature is the delectable Honor Blackman, whose twin roles as Cathy Gale … Keep Reading

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Lockdown Lip Weasel Competition

Entries have now closed for our Lockdown Lip Weasel Competition, for which we received dozens and dozens of excellent attempts to cultivate a splendid moustache during Lockdown. The results will be published in Chap Summer 20, out on 18th May. It has come to our attention that many readers of this humble publication are, as … Keep Reading

Interviews

The Marquess of Bath

The day we visit Lord Bath, Longleat is out of season. It’s grey and raining, and even the stone lions dotted around the grounds look miserable. We’re met at the house’s rear entrance by a personal aide to the Right Honourable Marquess (‘ring the white bell marked ‘tradesmen and deliveries’ we were told in our … Keep Reading

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