When Horses Ran London

Chalk Farm tube station, London

Guided by Charlie

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You must reserve your place online for this walk. Select your date and time on the table below.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
22 January 2022 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Winter Reserve Online

Hear it from the guide:

Without its horses, London in 1900 would have ground to a halt – no buses, no deliveries, no goods trains. Come on a walk that reawakens this city’s cab stands, its multi-storey stables, its marshalling yards, its fashionable rides, its hay markets. They’re all still there, but do we notice them? This is an amazing eye-opener into a lost city. Find out just how much horsepower each bus route needed, and why flogging a dead horse wasn’t just a turn of phrase.

Here was a city so full of horses it was worried it would get buried in its own horse manure. Instead, the end was nigh – and we’ll cover that ground too, pick up on how the internal combustion engine cleaned the air, and the Great War was the great cull. If you like horses you will love this, if you like London this will change the way you see the city.


When Horses Ran London takes place at 10.45 am on Saturday, January 8 (2022). The meeting point is just outside Chalk Farm Tube. The walk was created and is guided by Charlie.


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