by Gill Chris
June 10 & 11
Each year, on two successive evenings in June, the famous Horse Guards Parade in central London resounds to the glorious spectacle of military music, precision drill and colour when the Massed Bands of the Household Division perform the Ceremony of Beating Retreat.
The ceremony, performed by 300 musicians, drummers and pipers, along with vibrant marches and evocative hymns and anthems make this an unforgettable evening, often described as ‘truly spectacular’ and ‘London at its finest’.
The Retreat hails from the early days of chivalry when beating retreat signified the end to the days fighting, a return to camp and the mounting of the guard for the night. Today it has become a major event in the Army’s ceremonial calendar.
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo; there will be re-enactments by the Napoleonic Association, cannons, lights and fireworks to showcase the best of British military music and ceremonial pageantry.
The salute is taken by Her Majesty The Queen or another member of The Royal Family.
You can find out more and buy tickets here.
Well placed for public transport, Horse Guards Parade is easily reached from any of our London vacation rentals.