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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Horse Guards and other London attractions using our handy London trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • Great photo op. Nice to se the Royal guards up close on horseback. Their uniforms and helmets are great. Kind of puts you back in time to the English Lancers. Beautiful horses.  more »
  • Since it is "Other", I like to see the House Guards again and again. We are not used to these outfits in Germany, for example. In addition to the two gentlemen on the horses, there are two guards without horses in the courtyard. It is a total tourist magnet. I don't know if these guards actually have the concentration they need to do their job. In addition to security, some police officers were there.
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  • A really unique experience if you like horses and pomp and circumstance. The facts: during the week this takes place at 11 AM on the grounds referred to as the horse guard parade field. You should be in place at least 15 minutes beforehand to get a good viewing position. The parade lasts till 11:30. It is worth waiting during the time when everyone is stationary. It may seem like a long time, but the action is in the courtyard during this time. Patience is a virtue.
  • This is a must see if you are visiting London. It is an amazing sight watching the guards on their groomed horses riding down from Hyde Park towards Buckingham Place. The guards wearing their shiny armour and red plumed helmets are a sight to behold. An awesome experience and the police on the sidelines are very accommodating and let you jump the rope to take photos if you smile nicely.
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