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henia 12-10-2011 04:26 PM

winter holiday in London :)
In next month I'm flying to London for two weeks ;) I've never been anywhere abroad for such a long time so I'm really excited ;) First of all I want to practice my English pronunciation (I'm having an exam of it in few months). I'm afraid I won't understand people and so on, generally of using language.
Any of you are from London? What should I see there? :) Any recommendation? :)
And I want to visit some stables, see how it looks like in England. Maybe I will go on one lesson( depends on how much money I will have). What can you tell me about horses in England? :) Is it possible just to visit stables, watch some lessons, meet horsey people? :)

Lis 12-10-2011 04:46 PM

I now live in London and work on a yard there so if you want to come have a look then come to Trent Park Equestrian Centre. Weekdays are very quiet so if you want to watch some lessons then come on a weekend when the cafe is open all day so you can sit in there nice and warm and watch the lessons through the window.
Camden is amazing to visit especially the Stables Market. Quite gothy stuff but a lot of all round stuff as well. I bought an amazing leather journel from there. Westfield Shopping Centre in either Stratford or Shepherd's Bush is good for indoor shopping, I prefer the Shepherd's Bush one, it's nicer and has a proper designer section i.e Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci etc. I've had Shoreditch recommended to me but I've not yet been so can't tell you that. Victoria is good because that's where Buckingham Palace is. Tower Hill, Westminster are good to visit as well.

henia 12-11-2011 03:35 AM

Thank you for your answer :) I will definitely see those places! :) And I must go to this equestrian centre :D

xxBarry Godden 12-11-2011 08:26 AM

Henia, if your spoken English is as good as your written English, then you will have no problem understanding the English spoken by the British. But in parts of London you are likely to be surprised at the number of people who do not speak English as a first language. London is a multi cultural cosmopolitan city. Presumably you will be staying within a Polish community.

As for seeing, indeed even riding horses in Britain - well when you are settled ask for a "Yellow Pages" - that is a telephone directory listing all types of business - so look up "Stables", "Riding Centres" "Livery yards" and phone them up.

Go to a book shop, or large supermarket and look in the magazine sales area for horsey magazines. Perhaps phone the British Horse Society for information about local facilities in the area you are staying..

It is possible to ride in central London but as with most things in England - only if you are well introduced and wealthy.

As for your riding in suburbia. Well without knowing anything about your competence level it is hard to make suggestions. But be aware that the horse is a fundamental part of British rural culture - and plays as much a part in the social history of the people as the horse plays in Polish society.

As you are no doubt aware, there are a lot of Poles working in Britain. Now that Poland is a member of the EU, Polish nationals are able to work in Britain for payment. If you are a competent rider, if you are knowlegeable about caring for horses, then you could perhaps find a job in a horse establishment either on a temporary or long term basis. But maybe that is not what you want to do.

What has not yet happened, an one wonders why, is that riding centres in Poland have not tried to market holiday riding opportunities in Poland for British tourists. You might think to take photos of Polish riding centres.

One significant point for you to remember - riding in Britain is expensive - especially by Polish standards. So always introduce yourself as a poor student from Poland (even if your Dad is a millionaire)

If you are thinking of riding in Britain, you'll need a riding hat, riding boots and riding breeches. But be careful. If you are asked if you want to ride a horse, make sure you feel competent to ride the horse put in front of you. Try always to ride it in an arena before you even think to mount up and ride off - even in the company of a friend. Riding in Britain presents certain challenges not to be found in other less crowded countries.

Have fun. Just smile and laugh a lot and keep asking questions.
You will be judged by whether you smile and by the way you handle and ride a horse.

TaMMa89 12-12-2011 04:03 PM

I'm not from there... but have a nice trip! :-)

henia 12-13-2011 10:22 AM

Thanks for those very useful information :D I saw prices in those stables, it's very expensive indeed, that's why I doubt if I will ride, but I really want to.
After your posts and reading stables' sites I found many differences between average stable here in Poland and in England. I'm curious what else I will learn there ;)
Thank you :) I think this will be the best holidays :)
And I didn't think about working there, because I didn't even think it would be possible! I will be there again probably in summer and working in a stable would be awesome! :D

xxBarry Godden 12-13-2011 12:06 PM

Enjoy your holiday.

Look up Trans Wales Trails on the internet. Then send them an email asking if they want any help in the summer months. They hire help for the holiday season but you must be an experienced and competent rider on sparky Welsh Cobs. The pay would be low but you will live free and get to ride horses in the Brecon Beacons.

henia 02-14-2012 03:35 AM

So I came back from England. What a beautiful country! That were the best holidays ever!
I didn't live in London, but in a small nearby city. I was in London few times and visited those place you recommended to me and some more :) There are a lot of thing to do in London! Wonderful city!
And I fell in love with the city I lived in. It was exactly like my imagine of England :)
English people are fantastic. They all were very nice and helpful. I met most of them in English pubs and I liked them a lot! :) I'd love to go there again soon! It would be perfect to go back as a student :)

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