Built on the site of the Guard House of the old Whitehall Palace which burned down in 1698, the mid-18th century building of the Horse Guards is now used as the official headquarters of two London regiments. Its imposing archway is guarded by members of the Household Cavalry, including mounted guards. Marking the space between the building and the start of the Mall is the Horse Guards Parade. Here, the annual Trooping of the Colour takes place to commemorate the monarch's birthday, but back in Henry VIII's time, it was used for tournaments. After visiting the Horse Guards it is worth taking in the view from the parade grounds up the Mall and observing the approach to Buckingham Palace, where the Changing of the Guard also happens. Other iconic sights in the area include Trafalgar Square and Downing Street.
Hotels near Horse Guards
Situated in Whitehall in the borough of Westminster, hotels near Horse Guards can still be good value. The cheap London hotels in Whitehall have the benefit of being close to Victoria, the terminal for the Gatwick Express, which makes the area very popular among tourists. TravelStay.com has great examples of the budget apartments available just minutes from the Horse Guards. Northumberland House is owned by LSE and has a shared kitchen and even a selection of open plan studios. Meanwhile, the Grange Wellington Hotel offers comfortable budget London hotel accommodation also walking distance away. TravelStay.com's London bed and breakfasts in Victoria could be another useful option, such as the convenient two-star Chester Hotel Victoria. Just make sure that you book in advance with TravelStay.com as these rooms go fast!