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Royal locations to visit in London
Household Cavalry Museum
This museum within the historic Horse Guards building affords a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of the Household Cavalry regiments which make up the Queen's official guards. Their story is told through a collection of ceremonial uniforms, royal standards, gallantry awards, musical instruments, horse furniture and silverware amassed over 350 years of serving the Royal family. Family activities take place during school holidays. Visitors to the Household Cavalry Museum can see troopers working with horses in the 18th-century stables of the horses which parade just outside every day; the stables are separated from the main museum by no more than a screen of glass. The museum's newest exhibit, created in response to visitor demans, is a video explaining where the horses come from, how they are chosen, why so many of them are black and how they are cared for and trained. The museum is closed between June 18 and September 6 2012 to accommodate the London 2012 Olympic Games Beach Volleyball competition.
Wander through London's Royal Parks
This Bethnal Green delicatessen, cafe and restaurant is one of three Larders - there are others in Wanstead and Chingford. This one is billed as their 'vegetarian kitchen', with meat-free and vegan options available alongside a selection of coffees and a range of pastries and homemade cakes. Dishes change on a daily basis but options such as satay tofu sticks, a split pea and butternut squash soup and polenta dumplings stuffed with goat's cheese appear regularly. Breakfasts are served until 11.30am, with lunches on offer throughout the afternoon. There are supper clubs on occasion, too. Keep an eye out for organic bits and bobs from independent producers, with chocolates, jams, pasta and boxed items all on offer.