Horses Past, Horses Present – Horse Power in London Society

(5 customer reviews)

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

Guided by Charlie

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
9 December 2023 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter



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. 

5 reviews for Horses Past, Horses Present – Horse Power in London Society

  1. Abel K

    Thoroughly enjoyable and informative walk. Charlie’s coverage of the locations and history of London’s association with horses was extensive and eye opening. Highly recommended.

  2. June Stewart

    Another excellent walk from Charlie. Horses Past, Horses Present was so interesting and Charlie has the knowledge to drop in other pieces of information along the way – nothing to do with horses! He even timed it that we were back at Horseguards to see the changing of the horses which are replaced every hour. Highly recommended!

  3. Dorothy MacDonald

    Another excellent walk with Charlie, interesting and informative with lots of extra little hidden gems, I’d highly recommend it, you’ll enjoy it.

  4. Kerry

    Fantastic walk. Charlie was so enthusiastic & knowledgeable! We enjoyed every minute.
    Looking forward to attending one of his future walks soon.

  5. Angela

    I loved this walking tour! Charlie really showed not just his knowledge about horses and their role in the running of London, but his passion for his subject. Horses and their importance in a society that was so dependant upon them really brought home the conditions they were subjected to. We really need to acknowledge and respect the animals that still ‘work’ for us. I’ll be looking out for other tours led by Charlie.

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