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Beating Retreat was pretty darn spectacular and quite touching too. Lots of excellent fireworks and... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2018
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Beating Retreat - Fantastic

A fantastic evening of music and marching bands. Very patriotic and the fireworks at the end were... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

Beating Retreat was pretty darn spectacular and quite touching too. Lots of excellent fireworks and contributions from the USA and two Middle East countries ( horses, swords) . I recommend this as a special evening. I saw very few children there, mostly older.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

A fantastic evening of music and marching bands. Very patriotic and the fireworks at the end were very good We had a great view and throughly enjoyed the entire event Definitely worth the admission Would highly recommend

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

I like others I know found this year’s Beating the Retreat a disappointment. I don’t know if it was played down due to the recent incidents or what but there was no atmosphere and the music dull compared to other years and fireworks poor. I...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank flossy55
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Beating retreat is a fabulous way of seeing marching bands and enjoying our military splendour. It will be enjoyed by people who enjoy events like the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Trooping the Colour and the sadly missed Earls Court Military Tournament. The 2017 event was themed...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Ruffley116
Reviewed 15 June 2017

My wife and I attended our first 'Beating the Retreat' event. What a fabulous display of British ( and overseas guest Regiments) military precision, music extravaganza with a super dose of 'pomp and circumstance' aptly fitting for this occasion. Thank you to all those taking...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank David_Tracey
Reviewed 28 June 2016

We got tickets on line for the Beating of Retreat for the night before the Trooping of the Colour Ceremony ( which is impossible to get tickets for as they are issued by lottery ). The Beating of Retreat is ver similar and almost a...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

So the main building of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment isn't the nicest looking building in London, really from the outside it appears to look and smell like a giant and impressive stable block for the amazingly trained and presented HCMR horses. It also looks...More

Date of experience: May 2015
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