Strangely London isn’t particularly well served by Racecourses, the nearest course to central London is Kempton Park. The Christmas meeting at Kempton is undoubtedly the highlight of the racing calendar in London. The big race is the King George Chase, with past winners of the King George including the legendary Desert Orchid, four time winner and forever immortalised at the course with a statue beside the paddock.
Other racecourses near central London include the world famous Ascot racecourse, Sandown Park and Epsom Downs. All these horse racing venues are within easy traveling distance from London by rail or car. Windsor races is also on the outskirts or the Greater London area. Set in 165 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside and located on the banks of the River Thames, Windsor is best known for its lively summer evening fixtures.
If you are willing to travel just 60 miles outside the capital you can visit the home of British Horse Racing at the fabulous Newmarket racecourse. Regular commuter services run from London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Stansted Airport and Ipswich where onward connections by rail or road can be made to Newmarket.
In 1998 plans were drawn up for a new all weather racecourse in East London, the course was to be named ‘London City Racecourse’ after much legal wrangling the plans for the new course have been withdrawn. In light of the reduction in the number of horse races in the UK it is unlikely that London will get a new racecourse anytime soon.
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