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Trooping the Colour

English: Forming up to march past

English: Forming up to march past (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Trooping of the Colour is a big military parade held on Horseguards Parade – a 15 min walk from Pimlico – in oder to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday (she has a real birthday, and another one!). To get tickets for the event itself you have to enter the ballot January and Febuary (i.e. NOW):

Ask for up to 3 tickets providing a stamped addressed envelope and send your application to:

Brigade Major
HQ Household Division
Horse Guards
London SW1A 2AX.

If selected in the ballot, you will be asked to pay around £25 per ticket, however if you are unsuccesful you will be given the option of attending the rehearsals that take place a few weeks before the main event for Free!

The Garter Ceremony

At Windsor Castle in June a rather procession by most of the Royal Family and other top people in Fancy Dress through the Castle to an ancient church service. You can get up to 4 FREE tickets by sending an email (again in January or Febuary) to with your name and address. 


tower16.jpg (Photo credit: blogadoon)

Ceremony of the Keys

Inside the Tower of London every night, not visible by the general public. Free tickets to see the Beefeaters and soldiers ceremonially locking the fortress. To apply, send a letter with all the names of the people attending, two possible dates at least three months in advance and a stamped addressed envelope to:

Ceremony of the Keys Office,
Tower of London,

Pimlico’s Capital Car Boot Horror!


Pimlico Academy
Chichester Street entrance
Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT

Nearest tubes and trains are Pimlico
(2 mins walk) and Victoria (5 mins walk).

Bus routes 360, C10, 24, 2, 36, 185, 436

Boris Bike” docking station on St George’s Square, or chain up your bike on site.

Free Entry

This Sunday theatrically terrifying tourist attraction the London Dungeon is doing a closing down sale at the Pimlico Car Boot before moving to new premises in March. All sorts of gruesome props must be disposed of, severed limbs, false eyeballs, surgical implements and a whole range of eccentric and gory artefacts, prices for books, bones, dolls and crockery from the London Dungeon’s replica of the Ten Bells pub (believed to have been frequented by Jack the Ripper and some of his victims) are starting at just a couple of quid.

Pimlico Free Guided Walks

This weekend there are 3 great Guided Walks starting or finishing by Pimlico, which don’t need booking and are all free!

Meet at Westminster or Embankment Tube Stations for a 2 Hour, less than 5 Mile walk guided by an expert.


Old Westminster – 1,000 Years of History

This is the great seminal London Walk. Old Westminster is London at its grandest: the place where kings and queens are crowned, lived, and often buried. It’s the forge of the national destiny, the Mecca of politicians throughout the ages. The past here is cast in stone and we take it all in: ancient Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the Jewel Tower, Westminster Abbey and Cabinet War Rooms. And to see it with a great guide is to have that past suddenly rise to the surface. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Old Westminster – 1,000 Years of History

Somewhere Else London

A wonderful walk that gets you into back streets that you’d never find off your own bat.That discovery alone makes this one of those bewitching “somewhere else” London Walks. Getting there involves a high octane stroll along the Thames, past the world’s foremost arts complex, London’s best loved old theatre, a real London street market, a stunning bird’s eye view of the capital (there’s a lift), and buckets of character.

Somewhere Else London

Subterranean London – What You’re Overlooking

The Cobra Room, Secret Tunnels, Bomb Shelters, Crypts, Lost Rivers, Trains & Drains: ‘Nowhere else is the tangle of infrastructure – new and old – with history and geology more intriguing or problematic’. (from Beneath the Metropolis The Secret Lives of Cities Alex Marshall). The London we know is just the crust: there’s another world down there. Everything from the squat, camouflaged, granite-hard redoubt where the last stand would be made against the Nazis to the ultra-secret Cobra Room. Find out what’s under your feet with a guide who can show you the tell-tale ripples on the surface: vents, secret doorways, emergency exits, the “last stand” redoubt. The old familiar London will never look the same again.

Subterranean London – What You’re Overlooking

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