4 O’Clock Parade, or Dismounting Ceremony

Horse Guards, Whitehall, Westminster, London 51.504644 -0.128126
Dates & Time:
Every day
4 PM to 4.15 PM
Tickets & Cost:
Free to watch from the Horse Guards courtyard
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Their are two different ceremonies at Horse Guards -- both of which are usually forgotten by the tourists. The first one is the 'Changing the Guard' ceremony in the morning (10.45 AM Monday to Friday, and 9.45 AM on Sundays), and the second one is their daily inspection at 4 PM.

Known as the "Dismounting Ceremony" or "Four O'Clock Parade", this short ceremony takes place in the small courtyard on the Whitehall side (behind the horse boxes). The guards are lined-up for inspection by a very vocal officer, who will proceed to walk around them and inspect their uniforms and shoes for dust. He will then do the same for the horses, before ordering them into the stables for the night. The courtyard will then be guarded by a couple of foot soldiers instead, until the horses return at 10 AM the next morning.

This is probably the least visited ceremony in London, and hardly any tourists know about. And whilst it is true that it is very short, and not a lot happens, Craig still thinks it's worth a visit. And it handily takes place at 4 PM too -- so you can fit it in between your day's excursion and your evening's entertainment. Check out his London blog for a review.

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