Land­mark Hyde Park sta­bles forced to close

Scottish Daily Mail - - Eden Confidential -

HORSES in Hyde Park are as much of a Lon­don land­mark as red dou­ble-decker buses and black cabs, but they will now be a much rarer sight.

Hyde Park Sta­bles, used by roy­als in­clud­ing Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, has shut down and the steeds sold.

‘It’s very sad, but I can con­firm we have closed the doors af­ter 30 years,’ says so­cialite Ba­sia Briggs, right, who owned the sta­bles with her hus­band, Dick.

Fa­mous fig­ures in­clud­ing Don­ald Trump and Madonna have been for a ride in the park, where there are now ‘cy­cle su­per-high­ways’.

Ba­sia tells me: ‘We just couldn’t go on. Our in­sur­ers re­fused to con­tinue in­sur­ing us. With all the cy­clists now speed­ing around the park, it has be­come in­creas­ingly haz­ardous for horses. And peo­ple are more and more scared of fall­ing off. It’s pa­thetic; that’s half the fun of rid­ing — you can boast about fall­ing off af­ter­wards. Th­ese days, cus­tomers are likely to sue you, so it makes in­sur­ers too ner­vous.’

The sta­bles will be sold as prop­erty for £1.75mil­lion. ‘Hyde Park just won’t be the same,’ Ba­sia laments.

‘One hun­dred years ago, there were more than 1,000 rid­ers in Rot­ten Row each day.’

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