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Beating Retreat - Horse Guards Parade

05 Jun 2019
Institute of Directors, London

The Household Division’s Beating Retreat – a spectacular evening pageant of music and military precision drill, including horses, cannons and fireworks.

These annual concerts are performed on Horse Guards Parade in front of the beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park each year on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s Birthday Parade, or “Trooping The Colour” as it is often called.

Military Beating Retreat concerts have a long tradition dating back to the 1690s. Originally the beating of the drum was used to order troops to break off fighting and withdraw to the safety of camp as darkness fell, later it signalled the closing of the camp gates at the end of the day and called troops back to base for the night. Today a Beating Retreat is an evening military concert with a marching display and usually marks the lowering of the Regimental flag at sunset.

Soldiers of the Household Division are instantly recognisable through their distinctive uniforms and headdress and have a history spanning over three centuries.

Invariably described as ‘truly spectacular’ and ‘London at its finest’ the Household Division Beating Retreat cannot be seen anywhere else in the world and is a not to be missed event.

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Key details

Date & time: 05 Jun 2019 17:30 - 22:30
Location: Institute of Directors, London
CPD Hours:

Prices from

58.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
65.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:
0207 766 8817

The evening will begin in Café Duke where you will be greeted upon arrival with a glass of Pimms n.1 followed by a two course meal with wine. Guests will arrive at 5.30pm with the dinner finishing at 7.15pm. The event on Horse Guards Parade, a short walk away, starts at 8.00pm sharp. Tickets will be provided upon arrival in Café Duke. 


 Pimms n.1


 Roast Rump of British lamb, artichoke puree, asparagus and mint, boulangere potato


Baked Alaska, English strawberries


½ bottle of House wine per person

½ mineral water per person


Coffee and petits fours





Prices from

58.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
65.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate


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  • Institute of Directors
  • 116 Pall Mall
  • London
  • SW1Y 5ED

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