There’s a huge range of catering available at Olympia – from coffee to steaks, gin to burgers, prosecco to soups and everything in between, with many outlets offering vegetarian, vegan and free from options. Read a selection of the descriptions below including firm favourites and exciting new places to try.
Alternatively, you may want to bring your own food with you, which is absolutely fine, all we ask is that you don’t eat any food when sitting in the arena seats. We’ve provided lots of seating and tables for you around the arena, in the Pillar Hall and in the Apex Room where you are very welcome to sit and eat your own food or food you have purchased at the show.
Drinks are allowed in the arena seats but only in plastic containers please – no glass.
A SEAT WHILST YOU EAT
Whilst we do not allow eating in the arena seating, there is plenty of seating around the outside of the arena where you can settle down and eat the food you have brought with you or food you have purchased at the show. On the Ground Floor visit the Seating for Eating Pillar Hall located next to Coe’s Grand opposite Block 8 open from Thursday to Sunday. On the Gallery Level you can take a seat in the Seating for Eating Apex Room located on the upper level of the National Hall (Shopping Village) by stand G164. There are also picnic tables and chairs available for your use around the outside of the arena.
LOOKING AFTER OUR ENVIRONMENT
All outlets at the London International Horse Show are offering a discount on hot beverages if you bring your own re-usable cups / bottles and will re-fill you water bottles free of charge. (The discount applies to hot drinks and varies from caterer to caterer). There will also be a number of water point where you can re-fill your water bottles. You can find these at:
- Seating For Eating Pillar Hall
- Seating For Eating Apex Room
- The Winter Market
100% of waste at Olympia is re-cycled or reused. Waste from the venue is sorted off site, so you can put your rubbish in any bin in the venue, safe in the knowledge that 0% will go to landfill.
All disposable cutlery & serving dishes are fully recyclable and made from sustainable products – no plastic straws to be seen!
We very much look forward to welcoming you to Olympia Horse Show. With lots of action happening, we have put together a list of top tips to help make your day as enjoyable as possible!
We welcome disabled visitors to Olympia, The London International Horse Show. To book your tickets please call 0800 086 2424 (calls are free of charge, subject to network extras).
With rider signings, famous faces and informative talks, you won’t want to miss out on all the action in the Olympia Live Zone this Christmas. Take the opportunity to meet your favourite riders, hear their pearls of wisdom and get their autograph. Some four-legged friends will also be making an appearance.
Where To Go
The Olympia Live Zone is located on the Gallery Level of the shopping village, at the entrance to the Winter Market.
The 2020 timetable will be released nearer the Show. In 2019 sessions included Meet a Dressage Judge, Interview with Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester, Meet and Greet with Olivia Towers, Blob the Cob, Teddy the Shetland, Elphick Event Ponies, Life on the Left Rein, This Esme, Gracie Tyte and Diary of a Dun. Interviews with a dog agility trainer, a Shetland Pony Grand National jockey, riders such as Joe Stockdale, Ben Maher, Will Fletcher and Harriet Nuttall and much more.
Afternoon performance tickets include access to the morning sessions (where applicable) and the afternoon performance on that day; evening tickets entitle you to attend the evening performance only.
Olympia Horse Show Displays
The Kennel Club Dog Agility
One of Olympia’s most loved parts of the Show is the Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. These take place at each of the performances with different types of classes for each one. For instance you may see the ABC Class (that’s Anything But a Collie) or you may see the small dog pairs relay. Whatever you see, you are in for a great deal of fun, as these wonderful animals race around, over and through the obstacles, wearing their owners out and going hell for leather to be the one with the winning time.
The Shetland Pony Grand National
The Saracen Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National holds all the excitement of the world famous Grand National horse race on a miniature scale! Shetland Ponies and their riders race around the arena at a fast and furious pace – it really is one of the highlights of Olympia. If you are interested in getting involved please visit the Shetland Pony Grand National website.
There are two international equestrian displays each year at the Show. The 2020 displays will be announced over the summer.
Dressage focuses on the development of the physique of the horse and the harmony between rider and horse. High quality is revealed by freedom and regularity of the paces, lightness and ease of the movements. The horse gives the impression of doing the movements on his own accord because of the small and invisible aids of the rider. In all competitions, the horse has to show three paces: walk, trot and canter, as well as transitions between the paces and transitions within the paces (collection – extension – collection).
At Olympia there are two tests, the Grand Prix and the Kur or Freestyle Test to Music. In the Freestyle to Music, the rider can choose the music, the choreography and the sequence of movements that have to be shown. In the Freestyle test, the technical skill and the artistic performance are evaluated. On the artistic part, one of the most important things is that the horse can do all the movements in the rhythm to the music.
The most important Show Jumping event at Olympia is the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Leg which takes place on Sunday afternoon this year. The Olympia Puissance on Wednesday evening is great fun as the horses jump higher and higher over the big red wall and the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix on Monday evening has one of the toughest showjumping tracks of the whole event.
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving
FEI World CupTM Driving and Extreme Driving are without doubt the most thrilling face of competitive carriage driving and nowhere is this more keenly apparent than at Olympia. It has the audience gripping their seats dazzled by the skill of fearless drivers who manoeuvre four galloping horses round a technical course at seemingly impossible speeds. FEI World CupTM Driving is only open to the top ten ranked drivers in the world, taken from results in the preceding summer outdoor season. Most drivers will have a different team of horses for the winter season as the turns are tighter, the arenas smaller and the excitement intenser!.
Every year our Olympia finale is especially created for you children in the audience… that is… you, children of all ages! The finale always includes a bit of singing, a bit of dancing, a very special guest, and a lot of fun!
Please be aware that bag searches will be in operation so we advise leaving an extra 15 minutes to enter the venue and go through security. This is for the safety of all our visitors and staff and we thank you for your understanding.
Food is not permitted in the arena at any time. Drinks are permitted in plastic containers but glass is prohibited at all times.
To avoid disrupting other visitors and competitors, during competitive classes moving in and out of seating is only permitted at the beginning and end of a round.