Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Hyde Park, Greater London

Saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride in Hyde Park, once Henry VII's favourite hunting spot (when he wasn't ordering "Off with her head!").

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Horse riding in Hyde Park has long been a popular pursuit, particularly during the Victorian era when upper-class Londoners would descend on the park to walk or ride along the famous "Route du Roi" (King's Road) – later charmingly nicknamed "Rotten Row".

There are two designated bridleways in the park, where horses trot along carrying visitors, members of the local stables, police and even the Household Cavalry regiment.

While hunting's off the menu these days, there's plenty to see as you go around Hyde Park. Look out for the sparkling Serpentine Lake, the Diana Memorial Fountain and – if it's a Sunday – Speaker's Corner, where impassioned rabble-rousers can sound off on whatever topic takes their fancy. What would Henry VIII have had to say about that?

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