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Horse Guards, London

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Home to gorgeous equines and stately guards, Horse Guards serves as the perfect spot to soak up some English pomp and royal history. The 17th-century Palladian-style structure marks the formal entrance to St. James' Palace, and only the country's monarch or those with a special pass can drive through its central archway. Stoic guards atop their horses keep watch at the entrance, providing one of London's best photo opportunities. If you're lucky, you may get to see the changing of the guards on the adjoining parade ground. Inside the structure is, appropriately, the Household Cavalry Museum. Add Horse Guards and other attractions to your London trip itinerary using our London tour planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Always a great sight to see Royal Troops on guard at Horse Guards Arch in Whitehall. A must on visiting London.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A very beautiful building which houses the Queen's horse guards. The horses, of course are beautiful. If you're lucky, you'll be there when there's a change in the horse guard. Worth seeing, even if y...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This was a great little find. All the well turned out guards and horses are just wonderful to see. All the pomp and pageantry makes me feel proud to be British, especially when your looking at the for...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Great event in the itinerary if British military tradition. this is more regular short version of the full change of the guard (in case you miss the main show at 11am each day)
  • June 1, 2017
    Better if you're with kids. They can see the horses up close. Dirt grounds so make sure you have something handy to cover their faces when the wind acts up.
  • September 7, 2017
    You've got to feel sorry for the guards, wonder how many times they appear on Facebook?
  • July 24, 2017
    Ceremony itself is excellent, just a shame some members of the public who go to watch it like to use it as an excuse to take intrusive selfies
  • March 9, 2017
    Very nice place to stop and have a look at the Horse Guards. You will see it if you walk along this street.

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