Few pastimes are as regal or elegantly English as horseback riding, particularly in the lush expanse of Hyde Park. Once an exclusive hunting ground where King Henry VIII and his court would prey upon deer and game, today there’s no finer place for your family to enjoy a leisurely afternoon ride. On the day of your booking, head to the charming cobbled alley across from the park where the stables are located. After a brief meet-and-greet with the equine fleet from behind the grated stable door, your crew will be outfitted with riding boots and helmets—though you’ll have to provide your own spiffy red jacket. Stable hands will make sure the kids are situated snugly in their saddles as you mount up and instantly connect with an upper class tradition that goes back centuries. But don’t get lost in daydreams of manor houses and fox hunts, as guides will then lead you through a low doorway, across the street, and into Hyde Park’s 350 acres of sprawling lawns and bridle paths. Hang back at the rear of your riding party and watch as your family bobs up and down along trails that snake through birch groves, laughing all the way. At the end of the journey, feel free to pose for pictures next to your new four-legged friends and even give a gentle hug. Who knows, they might remember you when you return for your next family riding adventure.

Hyde Park

63 Bathurst Mews, London W2 2SB, England

44 20 7723 2813

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