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November 29, 2012

Horsing Around in London

The Stafford introduces the city's first equestrian concierge.

If it’s one thing hotels love, it’s a new variation on an indispensable staple: the butler or the concierge. We’ve brought you news on “tartan butlers” and “romance concierges,” and now there’s “the horsierge.”

The Stafford London by Kempinski has introduced the first bespoke horseback-riding service offered by a hotel in the English capital. They’ve teamed up with The Riding Club, a private members-only equestrian club, to offer exclusive riding packages.

Want to ride in the Queen’s own garden? The horsierge can arrange that. A VIP tour of the British cavalry stables? Check. Learn to play polo, ride side-saddle or drive a carriage? Done and done.

Naturally, the equestrian packages include a stay in The Stafford’s Carriage House. These rooms are located in a former stable that overlooks the charming, 18th-century stable yard. One of the suites has even been kitted out with high-end riding gear — helmet, boots, saddle, you get it — even sugar cubes for your horse in the minibar.

This is England, though. I’m sure your mount wouldn’t begrudge you a few lumps in your tea.

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