Horses Past, Horses Present – Horse Power in London Society

Victoria Underground station, London (outside Wilton Road exit, opposite Apollo Victoria Theatre)

Guided by Charlie

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
15 October 2022 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online


Click here to hear what guide Charlie has to say about this walk

There’s a riding school at Buckingham Palace. It’s been there 250 years. Did you know? If not, here’s a real journey of discovery. This walk reveals the vast importance of horses in asserting the position of those in power. From the royal stables, through the vast complex of early 19th century Belgravia mews, to the four horses sculpted atop the arch at Hyde Park Corner where Britain’s best racehorses were once auctioned, the history of horsepower is all around. Not forgotten are the myriad of coachmen, grooms, stable hands and ostlers that supported a coach-owning aristocracy. Also featured are the sites of 6 attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria.  It’s not all in the past – this walk takes in a view of the royal mews, the home of the household cavalry and the two-storied police stables which are still in the street they call Great Scotland Yard. 


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