London might not be the first place you’d think of for horse riding, but it’s got a couple of good options. Whether you’re looking for a one-off lesson or regular classes, have your own or just want some magical face time with the wonderful creatures, head to one of the following venues for your equestrian fix.
Horse Riding in London
Best for: giving the gift of a horse riding experience. Book a one hour session via Buyagift and the recipient can choose where they redeem it – Barnfields Stables is the London option. Whether you choose a lesson for beginners at the equestrian centre or a hack in the countryside, an intructor will be on hand the whole time to guide you.
Stag Lodge Stables
Best for: those wanting to learn. Stag Lodge Stables has sat between Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common since the 17th century. They house 70 wonderful horses and ponies led by a talented team of trainers, patient and understanding with beginners. They host week-long courses, horse riding for children, adults and parties too.
Ross Nye Stables
Where: Hyde Park
Best for: trotting around a London landmark. Ross Nye Stables are right in the centre of London, a five-minute walk from Marble Arch station. They specialise in lessons for children and have an indoor and outdoor learning area. Most of the lessons are done in Hyde Park itself, following the sand tracks for five miles around the park, passing by Rotten Row, a world famous riding track where you can sometimes spot the Household Cavalry practicing drills and exercises.
The London Equestrian Centre
Best for: comfortable group sessions. The London Equestrian Centre has been catering to riders from both North London and Hertfordshire for over 30 years. Still family-run to this day, the centre runs (mainly) group sessions for those of all abilities. They also run different Pony Days, a great way to keep kids occupied and moving in the school holidays.
Ebony Horse Club
Best for: volunteering. Ebony Horse Club is extremely unique. Sitting in the heart of Brixton, Ebony Horse Club use the power of horses to help disadvantaged young people to build life skills, make friends and have enriching experiences in a safe environment. As well as organising trips away, events and riding and horse care lessons, Ebony Horse Club mentor children who need guidance and inspire attendees to go to college, university and pursue horse-related careers. If you want to spend time around beautiful horses and do something really positive with your spare time, sign up to volunteer here.