Horse Guards Parade

 
 
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Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2AX
 
 
OPENING TIMES
Mon to Sat 11am-11am, Sun 10am-10am | Times refer to Changing of Guard. Mounted sentries (who change every hour) are on duty each day 10am-4pm.
 
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Horse Guards ParadeHorse Guards Parade is the setting for various military ceremonies throughout the year including the Trooping the Colour which marks the Queen's official birthday. At the heart of Whitehall, it was the traditional entrance to the Royal Palaces and is still guarded by mounted sentries from the Queen's Household Cavalry. Changing the Guard takes place here every morning - 11am Monday to Saturday and 10am on Sundays - and lasts 30 minutes. It is at this time that twelve mounted troops in traditional costume arrive from their Hyde Park Barracks. At the Guard Changing ceremony, the Old Guard forms up on the north side of the Horse Guards Parade enclosure and the New Guard on the south side. During the London 2012 Olympics Games Horse Guards Parade was the striking - and popular - venue for the Olympic beach volleyball competition.

 

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Beating Retreat: Waterloo RememberedBeating Retreat: Waterloo RememberedA pageant of precision drill, horses, cannons and fireworks set to music dating back to the 1690s.2015-06-10T20:30:00+01002015-06-11T00:00:00+0100 Where:
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Beating Retreat: Waterloo Remembered
Trooping The ColourTrooping The ColourMembers of the Royal Family, invited guests and the public celebrate The Oueen's official birthday in the company of troops from the Household Division (Foot Guards and Household Cavalry). In 2015, the Colour will be trooped by 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. This military ceremony dates back to the early 18th century and culminates with a fly-past by 2015-06-13T10:30:00+01002015-06-13T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Horse Guards Parade,   Whitehall      SW1A 2AX
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Trooping The Colour
Global Champions Tour Show JumpingGlobal Champions Tour Show JumpingGlobal Champions Tour Show JumpingThe world's top riders take part in the London round of the international Global Champions Tour Show Jumping event this summer, one of 15 events held worldwide. Competing for a slice of the £360,000 prize fund, the biggest prize of the year in British showjumping, the London competition takes place just five events before the 2015 season thunders t2015-07-23T00:00:00+01002015-07-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
Horse Guards Parade,   Whitehall      SW1A 2AX
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event > Sporting Events > Other Sports - Equestrian Sports
DATES  23rd, 24th and 25th July 2015
The world's top riders take part in the London round of the international Global Champions Tour Show Jumping event this summer, one of 15 events held worldwide. Competing for a slice of the £360,000 prize fund, the biggest prize of the year in British showjumping, the London competition takes place just five events before the 2015 season thunders t... More about this event
 
 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Charing Cross Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Westminster Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
19 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Q-Park Trafalgar
 
3 minutes walk
 
Leicester Square Masterpark
 
7 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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    The Royal Horseguards - A Guoman Hotel
    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £145  31% off
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    London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £122  42% off
    2 Spring Gardens, SW1A | 3 minutes from Horse Guards Parade
    Almost in the shadow of Nelson's Column, and with the Palaces of Whitehall looming behind it, this hotel is at the heart of the Capital. ... More
     
     
     
    Club Quarters Trafalgar Square
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £89  25% off
    8 Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 3 minutes from Horse Guards Parade
    A fantastic nineteenth century exterior hides a thoroughly modern hotel, with clean, minimalist design in the rooms. The biggest draw is the location, in the very ... More
     
     
     
     
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    10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 16 minutes from Horse Guards Parade
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    15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 20 minutes from Horse Guards Parade
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