Changing of the guard

The Mall, SW1A 1AA. (Open Map)


One of Britain's main tourist attractions

Not far away, at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, the Household Cavalry mount the guard daily at 11am (10am on Sunday). This is our preferred viewing, since the crowds aren't as thick as at the palace, and you aren't held far back from the action by railings.

After the old and new guard have stared each other out in the centre of the parade ground, you can nip through to the Whitehall side to catch the departing old guard perform their hilarious dismount choreography – a synchronised, firm slap of approbation to the neck of each horse before the gloved troopers all swing off.