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Horse Guards Building

#230 of 1,515 things to do in London
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Address: Horse Guards Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, England
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If you walk up from Westminster you will come to the Horse Guards Building which is special because of the guards outside. Out the back you have the mounting and ceremonial yards... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is beautiful and the parade ground so big you can't imagine until you see it for yourself. We walked through and watch the changing of the Royal Horse Guards which happens each day and we then walked back through the arch and visited the museum which is to the left of the archway. A beautiful small museum but... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you walk up from Westminster you will come to the Horse Guards Building which is special because of the guards outside. Out the back you have the mounting and ceremonial yards which is more interesting.

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Thank Oldjack
Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I am sure a lot of people pass by this place and take a few pictures and keep on walking. Please don't as that would be a mistake. This large parade ground is where they troop the color on the Queen's birthday march. Look it up on You Tube. Try to get there a few minutes before 4 PM to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Nice way to spend some of your afternoon, although not a whole lot to see, I must say that I'm glad I did.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

An interesting change from the typical building style found in Westminster and a nice route to St James’s Park after seeing the sites around Whitehall; although there is much not to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The building that was used as a formal entrance to St. James’s Palace was built in the 18th century. It served for years as the main office of the British Commander-in-Chief and is for last hundred years the headquarter of the Household Cavalry, the Queen’s official bodyguard.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

This building is blah. Nothing distinguished about it. The large expanse of Horse Guards Parade behind it is worth visiting simply for the open space it provides behind Whitehall (and 10 Downing Street to the south) and adjacent to St. James's Park. Otherwise, this is just a tourist trap. Treat yourself and walk a little farther up Whitehall toward Trafalgar... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We visited late on a Sunday so we were able to get some great pictures of the building. Hardly any tourists around at that time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This is an impressive edifice located in the centre of London located between Whitehall and Horse Guard's Parade. There are displays of cavalry at certain times of the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful building in lovely surroundings, perfect backdrop for photos as well. Well worth it, Gutted we didn't get to see any of the horses whilst there

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