There’s a huge range of catering available at ExCeL – from a steak cooked to perfection at The Bridge Restaurant and Bar, to a freshly baked croissant from the on-site bakery E16. The Show will introduce some bespoke catering outlets to perfectly partner the venue’s existing well-known brands within the wide selection of bars, restaurants and eateries. Many outlets will offer vegetarian, vegan and ‘free-from’ options.
Full listings and a guide of the outlets on offer is available here.
Please note that food is not allowed into the seats in the main arena. Drinks are allowed but only in plastic containers please – no glass.
A SEAT WHILST YOU EAT
Whilst we do not allow eating in the arena seating, we are working with our new venue to provide plenty of seating outside the arena where you can settle down and eat the food you have brought with you or food you have purchased at the show.
LOOKING AFTER OUR ENVIRONMENT
ExCeL London strives to look after the environment and has introduced many policies in the past few years. These include:
- Free water refills
- Biodegradable or recyclable packaging
- No plastic straws
- Reusable coffee cup discount
We very much look forward to welcoming you to The London International Horse Show. With lots of action happening, we have put together a list of top tips to help make your day as enjoyable as possible!
We welcome disabled visitors to The London International Horse Show. When tickets go on sale there will be a separate telephone number to book you tickets on please revisit this page nearer the time where you will find the number.
All public entrances allow for access by wheelchair via low gradient ramps and an automatic door. Once inside the venue, all floors are level offering unobstructed access.
With rider signings, famous faces and informative talks, you won’t want to miss out on all the action in the Live Zone this Christmas. Take the opportunity to meet your favourite riders, hear their pearls of wisdom and get their autograph. Some four-legged friends will also be making an appearance.
Where To Go
The Live Zone is located at the heart of the shopping village and a map will be available online nearer the time.
The 2021 timetable will be released nearer the Show. In 2019, sessions included Meet a Dressage Judge, Interview with Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, Meet and Greet with Olivia Towers, Blob the Cob, Teddy the Shetland, Elphick Event Ponies, Life on the Left Rein, This Esme, Gracie Tyte and Diary of a Dun. Interviews with a dog agility trainer, a Shetland Pony Grand National jockey, riders such as Joe Stockdale, Ben Maher, Will Fletcher and Harriet Nuttall and much more.
Afternoon performance tickets include access to the morning sessions (where applicable) and the afternoon performance on that day; evening tickets entitle you to attend the evening performance only.
The London International Horse Show Displays
The Kennel Club Dog Agility
One of Show’s most loved parts is the Kennel Club Dog Agility competition. These take place at each of the performances with different types of classes for each one. For instance you may see the ABC Class (that’s Anything But a Collie) or you may see the small dog pairs relay. Whatever you see, you are in for a great deal of fun, as these wonderful animals race around, over and through the obstacles, wearing their owners out and going hell for leather to be the one with the winning time.
The Shetland Pony Grand National
The Shetland Pony Grand National holds all the excitement of the world famous Grand National horse race on a miniature scale! Shetland Ponies and their riders race around the arena at a fast and furious pace – it really is one of the highlights of the Show. If you are interested in getting involved please visit the Shetland Pony Grand National website.
There are two international equestrian displays each year at the Show. The 2021 displays will be announced over the summer.
Dressage focuses on the development of the physique of the horse and the harmony between rider and horse. High quality is revealed by freedom and regularity of the paces, lightness and ease of the movements. The horse gives the impression of doing the movements on his own accord because of the small and invisible aids of the rider. In all competitions, the horse has to show three paces: walk, trot and canter, as well as transitions between the paces and transitions within the paces (collection – extension – collection).
At the Show there are two tests, the Grand Prix and the Kur or Freestyle Test to Music. In the Freestyle to Music, the rider can choose the music, the choreography and the sequence of movements that have to be shown. In the Freestyle test, the technical skill and the artistic performance are evaluated. On the artistic part, one of the most important things is that the horse can do all the movements in the rhythm to the music.
The most important Show Jumping event at The London International Horse Show is the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Leg which takes place on Sunday afternoon this year. Another well-known class is The Puissance, which will take place on Thursday evening – it’s great fun as the horses jump higher and higher over the big red wall. The Show Jumping Grand Prix on Monday evening has one of the toughest showjumping tracks of the whole event.
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving are without doubt the most thrilling face of competitive carriage driving and nowhere is this more keenly apparent than at The London International Horse Show. It has the audience gripping their seats dazzled by the skill of fearless drivers who manoeuvre four galloping horses round a technical course at seemingly impossible speeds. FEI World CupTM Driving is only open to the top 10 ranked drivers in the world, taken from results in the preceding summer outdoor season. Most drivers will have a different team of horses for the winter season as the turns are tighter, the arenas smaller and the excitement more intense!
Every year our Christmas finale is especially created for you children in the audience… that is… you, children of all ages! The finale always includes the First Noel, dancing, a very special guest, snow and a lot of fun!
Driving and Parking
The car park at ExCeL has 3070 spaces and is located directly below the venue. Parking costs £20 for up to 24 hours and is pay and display. If you’re arriving via the M11, the North Circular (A406) or the A13, as you get closer to ExCeL you’ll pick up signs for Royal Docks, City Airport and ExCeL London. If you’re using satellite navigation please enter the postcodes below.
E16 1XL – if you are travelling from the West to ExCeL from Blackwall Tunnel, Limehouse Link, A12 or Central London.
E16 1FR – if you are travelling from the East to ExCeL from the M11, A13 or into London from the east.
You can find further information about driving to and parking at ExCeL here.
Train / Tube / DLR
ExCeL London is connected to London Underground and London Overground by DLR (Docklands Light Railway) which is a part of the London Underground network. The Jubilee Line and the DLR are the quickest routes to ExCeL London. Visitors to the Horse Show should alight at the Prince Regent Station on the DLR. Trains pull up at a covered walkway leaving visitors with less than two minutes to walk to the entrance.
For further information please click here.
ExCeL London is located in very close proximity to London City Airport. All other London airports are well connected to the venue. Further information may be found here.
River and Cable Car
Why not take the scenic route to ExCeL London by river or cable car? If you travel by boat you can take in some of the best views of the capital’s most popular landmarks including Big Ben, the London Eye, The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and The 02. The route is serviced by MBNA Thames Clippers.
The UK’s first urban cable car, known as the Emirates Air Line, connects ExCeL London to the 02 and North Greenwich tube station. On the cable car you can sit back, relax and enjoy stunning aerial views of London from 90m above the River Thames.
For more information on boat and cable car travel click here.
Please be aware that bag searches will be in operation so we advise leaving an extra 15 minutes to enter the venue and go through security. This is for the safety of all our visitors and staff and we thank you for your understanding.
Food is not permitted in the arena at any time. Drinks are permitted in plastic containers but glass is prohibited at all times.
To avoid disrupting other visitors and competitors, during competitive classes moving in and out of seating is only permitted at the beginning and end of a round.