Plan Your Visit

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.

GRAND GALLERY LEVEL FOOD AND DRINK OUTLETS
The Gallery Restaurant

Enjoy restaurant service and indulge in a seasonal menu created using quality ingredients. First bookings 12:00, last sitting 20:30 (depending on performances). Located at the east end of the gallery level, this restaurant is open to everyone.

Guests will be able to book The Gallery Restaurant nearer the time of the Show.

Click here to view the 2020 sample menu

 

Justin’s Champagne Taittinger Bar

Justin’s Champagne Taittinger Bar is located on the gallery level and can only be accessed by those holding Gallery Badges. The bar serves a full selection of drinks and has a fantastic new offering with a focus on seafood.  There is plenty of seating if you would like to sit down and relax.

Click here for the Justin’s Champagne Taittinger 2020 Bar Menu

AROUND THE ARENA (OLYMPIA GRAND) GROUND LEVEL
Coe’s Grand – named after Olympia London’s first architect

Coe’s use an exclusive single origin espresso; Camino. The naturally sweet espresso grown at high altitude in the hills of Peru offers the perfect serve. Coe’s also offer a wide variety of hot and cold snacks, pastries and cakes. Find The Prosecco Bar here too!

10p of every coffee sold is donated to the Well Grounded Charity. The charity supports the training of disadvantaged people and helps them transition into sustainable careers within the coffee industry.

Eighteen86 – named after the year Olympia London opened

Our Family Diner, with a great kids menu – including our first ever milk shake bar in a spacious environment with plenty of seating.

Eat Street

Choose your favourite Kebab…..from chicken shish to vegan kofta kebabs. All served with pickled coleslaw, lettuce, cucumber & tomato salad, chilli sauce & garlic mayo.

Best of British Fish and Chips (located in the London Room)

Famous at the Show for locally sourced fish and delicious crunchy chips. For the vegetarians out there we have got our very own version of Hallumi & chips on offer. There is plenty of seating so you can relax and enjoy your meal.

Crussh Fit Food & Juice Bars

Crussh is London’s leading healthy food & juice chain serving a range of options including everything from juices and smoothies to warming soup and tasty salads. Healthy Choices & Allergen Free options available

Flying Coffee Bean

Offering speciality coffee to takeaway, in compostable cups, with a wide variety of savoury and sweet treats also on offer, there is something for everyone. Suitable for vegans and allergen free options available.

Bridleway Street Food

A variety of Horse Show favourites such as gourmet burgers as well as vegetarian and vegan offerings.

North Side Street Food & Bar – our row of delicious street eats!

Family Meal deals are available in all outlets and Seating is located outside the entries to the main arena and in the Apex Room and Pillar Hall.

Burritos

Serving slow cooked pulled pork or Quorn with red bean and sweet potato with delicious sides & toppings. Vegetarian/Vegan option available.

Cajun Chicken

Breaded Cajun and baked chicken strips. Always a favourite pumped up with crispy bacon, pickled red cabbage & jalapeno. A kids option is available.

Falafel Bar

Gluten & allergen free, choose from beetroot, spinach & kale and sweet potato served with a variety of fillings & toppings!

Buddha Bowl

If you are looking for a filling, healthy, vegetable inspired meal look no further. At Buddha Bowl you can choose your own ingredients… your meal just the way you like it.Allergen free options available.

The Traditional Burger

The obvious choice for all burger lovers. Butcher’s best beef burger, mature cheddar cheese, tomato & lettuce served in a brioche bun. Family discounts available. Gluten free bun available.

Gourmet Sausages

Gourmet sausages made by our butchers, with a variety of toppings. Family meal discounts available.

Ice Cream Doughnut

For everybody with a sweet tooth. Our new entry with a selection of toppings and sauces to choose from – caramel, strawberry, chocolate, popping candy & mini marshmallows.

The Bar

This fully stocked bar offers beers including draught, wines, sparkling, champagne and spirits. Beat the queues by placing your interval drinks orders in advance and then collect from the pick-up point.

The Olympia Tavern

An English gastro pub using quality ingredients to serve up classic dishes with craft beer, festive cocktails and delectable desserts. There is plenty of seating here to relax and enjoy your meal.

Click here for the 2020 Olympia Tavern Menu

SHOPPING VILLAGE (OLYMPIA NATIONAL) GROUND FLOOR FOOD AND DRINK OUTLETS
Little O

Offering a selection of home bakes, breakfast, hot & cold snacks, sandwiches, salads and seasonal favourites.

Crussh Fit Food & Juice Bars

Crussh is London’s leading healthy food & juice chain serving a range of options including everything from juices and smoothies to warming soup and tasty salads.

PizzaExpress

Authentic pizza, pastas and salads.  A spacious fully licensed restaurant easily accessible from the street which offers a full waiter service. Allergen free options available

PizzaExpress Takeaway

Grab a quick fix whilst on the move from our much loved takeaway menu.  If you want to sit down and enjoy your pizza, additional seating is available upstairs in the Apex room

SHOPPING VILLAGE (OLYMPIA NATIONAL) GALLERY LEVEL FOOD AND DRINK OUTLETS
Winter Market & Central Kitchen

Our delicious food market is serving a tasty menu and festive sweets alongside the Winter Market bar. Walk through the Winter Market and you will come to the Central Kitchen – a spacious refectory style café, offering freshly prepared food on-the-go, hot drinks and festive treats! There is plenty of seating for eating and vegetarian and allergen free options available here. Click here for the Central Kitchen Menu.

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 reusedWaste 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!

SHOPPING

No visit to Olympia is complete without some serious Christmas shopping and with over 200 stands there is plenty to choose from!

  • If you are looking for something specific, or have a query about your visit, make sure to visit our Show Information Desk in the centre of Olympia National.   Our staff will be on hand to answer all your questions!
  • The Pony Club run a Shop and Drop facility, close to the entrance of Block 12, which provides a place where you can leave all your Christmassy purchases, so that you don’t need to take your bags into the seating. You can leave your shopping there for a small donation and all proceeds go directly to The Pony Club.
WATCHING THE PERFORMANCE

With amazing international displays and world-class competition, each Olympia performance offers something special.

  • For the full details of your performance and all timings please check out our programme pages closer to the event.
  • At the Show we will occasionally be making announcements with important information in both Olympia National and Olympia Grand halls by loudspeaker. Please listen out for these as they may be about last minute timing changes or other key information.
  • Everyone needs to stretch their legs and find a cup of tea or glass of bubbles every now and then! However, please be aware of those seated around you.  The seating stewards will not allow you to leave or return in the middle of a jumping round, dressage test  or a display as this can disrupt other guests and the riders.
  • FOOD is NOT  allowed in the seats.  Drinks are only allowed in plastic containers.  There are plenty of places outside the arena  to sit and eat food either purchased at the show or brought with you.
  • Video recording and/or flash photography is strictly prohibited in the Grand Hall whilst performances are on; this is for the safety of horses and riders.
  • Once the performance is over our Stewards always work to ensure you can leave as quickly as you would like, please listen to their instructions.
FOOD AND DRINK

We don’t know about you, but we think that food and drink is a very important part of every day out! Visit our ‘Where to Eat’ section for information on what is available, and how to book a selection of restaurants and pubs at the venue.

  • If you would like to pre-book a drink for the interval this can be done at a number of locations. Please check our ‘Where to Eat’ section closer to the Show.
  • Food is not allowed into the arena seating areas. However, there are lots of places outside the arena. where you can sit down, relax and eat. If you have purchased take away pizzas or brought your own picnic we recommend visiting The Central Kitchen or Pizza Express Apex Room or The Pillar Hall, all of which have plenty of seating.
  • Please be aware that only plastic cups or bottles are allowed into the arena; glass is not permitted.
TRAVEL TO THE SHOW
  • At Olympia there will be bag searches in operation so please allow some extra time when planning your visit.
  • Parking is available at Olympia but is limited so we advise booking as early as possible. Car parking can be booked through the Olympia London website.
  • Kensington (Olympia) is on the London Overground network. It’s one stop from Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) or West Brompton (District line). There is only a District line service from Earls Court on weekends; and throughout the week for some major events. Please check before you travel. The venue is next to the station. When travelling from Monday to Friday, change at West Brompton for a two-minute Overground train to Kensington (Olympia). Alternatively West Kensington is an eight-minute walk away, and High Street Kensington is a four-minute bus ride or 12-minute walk away.
  • Please visit our Travel section below for more information about how to get to Olympia.
FACILITIES

Cloakrooms

There are cloakrooms at the entrance to Olympia National and Olympia Grand, where you can leave your coats for a small charge. There is also a ‘Shopping Drop-Off’ facility in the Shopping Village (Olympia National) which is run by The Pony Club. The Drop-Off facility runs throughout the day.

There is no left-luggage facility at Olympia.

Toilets

There are toilet facilities throughout the halls which will be well signposted; these include facilities suitable for those with disabilities.

Medical Facilities

The medical centre is located on the gallery level and can be accessed via the stairs by Block 15.

Lost Property

If you have any queries about lost property please email lostproperty@olympia.london

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).

BOOKING DISABLED TICKETS

Tickets are available for the wheelchair platform and ambulant disabled; each disabled ticket allows for one free carer. The wheelchair platform is located at the east end of the arena and the ambulant disabled seats are located in the blocks immediately behind.

Please purchase the appropriate tickets when you order as these are limited and difficult to change once the order is submitted.

Separate instructions for ingress and egress will be sent to all of our wheelchair visitors to ensure their safety at the Show.

DISABLED FACILITIES

Wheelchairs are available on loan for use at Olympia London, on receipt of a refundable security deposit. We recommend that wheelchairs are booked in advance by calling 020 7598 2411. Your wheelchair can then be made ready for you on arrival at the venue. Further details will be provided on calling the booking number.

There are disabled toilet facilities within the halls. Lifts are located opposite Block 14 in the Olympia Grand Hall and by Pizza Express in the shopping village. These run between the Gallery and Ground floors.

DISABLED (BLUE BADGE) AND WHEELCHAIR PARKING

Parking has been reserved for all wheelchair users who have booked a place on the wheelchair platform.  The wheelchair parking is in the Motorail P4 Car Park which is at the end of Olympia Way, by the train station.   Please purchase wheelchair parking tickets when you book your wheelchair platform tickets.  Once purchased, confirmation and a PDF parking pass which you can print at home will be sent to you at the end of November.  Booking for the wheelchair parking can only be made with the box office or by emailing marisab@hpower.co.uk.   There is no wheelchair parking available on the day.   

Disabled parking for ambulant disabled visitors is available in the Multi-storey P3 car park located next to the Grand Hall Entrance and can be pre-booked here. when the booking office is opened.   A Blue Badge will need to be shown to the parking attendants on arrival.   Please note that this car park has a height restriction of 2m.

There is a disabled drop-off point outside the Grand Hall, or at the top of Olympia Way if this is more convenient. If you do intend to drop off, please let the traffic marshals know your intention when you arrive.

Click here for more information on parking at Olympia London

Click here to book your parking

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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.

What’s On?

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.

International Displays

There are two international equestrian displays each year at the Show. The 2020 displays will be announced over the summer.

Dressage

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.


Show Jumping

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!.


Christmas Finale

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!

TRAVEL

Car

Olympia London is located in Hammersmith, West London, the postcode for Olympia London is W14 8UX.
See the Parking tab below for full parking details and options.

Train / Tube

London Overground

Kensington (Olympia) is on the London Overground network. It’s one stop from Shepherd’s Bush (Central line) or West Brompton (District line). The venue is next to the station.

District Line

There is only a District line service from Earls Court at weekends and throughout the week for some major events. Please check before you travel. The venue is next to the station. When travelling from Monday to Friday, change at West Brompton for a two-minute Overground train to Kensington (Olympia). Alternatively West Kensington is an eight-minute walk away, and High Street Kensington is a four-minute bus ride or 12-minute walk away.

Central Line

Change at Shepherd’s Bush for a two-minute Overground train to Kensington (Olympia).

Piccadilly Line

Baron’s Court is a nine-minute walk away from Olympia London.

Hammersmith & City Line

Hammersmith Station is a five-minute bus ride or 15-minute walk away.

Circle Line

High Street Kensington is a four-minute bus ride or 12-minute walk away. Hammersmith Station is a five-minute bus ride or 15-minute walk away.

Bus Services

The following buses all stop within a very short walking distance of the venue:
9 – runs to and from Aldwych and Hammersmith.
10 – runs to and from Kings Cross and Hammersmith.
27 – runs to and from Chalk Farm and Turnham Green.
28 – runs to and from Kensal Rise and Wandsworth.
49 – runs to and from White City and Clapham Junction.
391 – runs to and from Fulham and Richmond.
N9, N10, N27, N28 also run a night service.

For further information on travel to Olympia London please click here

PARKING

Olympia Parking

Parking for the afternoon performances starts at 7am until 5pm, and parking for the evening performance starts at 5.30pm until 1 hr after the event closes.

There is no minibus or coach parking at Olympia London but we do have a drop off point on Olympia Way, and a pick up point on Blythe Road. If you are a group and wish to use this please follow the directions of the coach marshalls on arrival.

The parking at Olympia can be booked in advance.  This is NOT open yet but when it becomes available you can Click here to book Parking

Click here for more details on Olympia London Parking

For Disabled Drop-Off and Parking, please see here

General Parking Information

If you have booked a meal in the West End Restaurant please bring your invitation letter with you and show it to the Car Park Attendant on entering the car park.

Please note that if you arrive early for the performance time you may be refused entry and if you remain past the end time you may be subject to an additional £20 charge on exit.

Alternative Parking

The parking at Olympia London is limited and we do highly recommend booking in advance. Once the car parks are full there are alternative options.

Westfield London is a 15-minute walk from the venue or a short ride on the overground. See the Travel tab above for details. Pre-booking is not available but there is extensive parking.

The Hilton, London Olympia is the official hotel for the Show. Reservations can be made by clicking here.

The venue (known as Olympia London) also has an accommodation page on its website which can be found here.

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.