Londoners and tourists alike may think themselves familiar with the city’s most famous Royal Park, but for new way to experience it this season did you know you can tour Hyde Park on horseback? Summer might be done and dusted, but with the park’s leaves turning with the season there is no more beautiful time to get a new perspective on an old favourite.
Hyde Park stables, nestled in Connaught Village just a 10 minute walk from Marble Arch, may be well-hidden, but as one of the last standing mews with horses in central London it’s an extremely special location. Hyde Park’s Rotten Row has been one of the most famous equestrian venues in England for the last 300 years and while it’s not possible for just anyone to ride there (in case you were wondering whether or not to take your horse down…) unless you’re a member of the Household Cavalry, a session with Hyde Park Stables is probably your best bet.
The stables were taken over by Ellie McAteer in 2018 after the previous owner retired and with such a rich history she understandably couldn’t see the sit go to developers. A dozen horses are housed in the mews,, heading back to the family farm in Hertfordshire for a break every few weeks, catering for everyone from kiddies to the long-legged among us. Private lessons are available, one-to-one with one of their expert team, as are semi-private for small groups and arena lessons for those who are ready to practice more advanced skills.
Horse riding in central London is a rarity, making the experience even more special than you’d imagine. Children and tourists will snap your photo as you cross into the park and gaze with wonder as you pass, and seeing London’s skyline poking through the tree line as you trot down Rotten Row is unrivalled. Plus with a dedicated instructor giving you expert assistance and such an iconic riding route to practice on, you’ll soon master some serious skills. It’s the perfect time of year to try something new and with the park in its most beautiful season an afternoon on horseback is the ideal antidote to busty city life.
Prices from £115 per person, per hour for a semi-private ride.