Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - A meet of the Coaching Club

Coaching Club - photograph


At the height of the London "season" there are few more popular functions than a meet of the Coaching Club or of the Four-in-Hand Club in the Ladies' Mile, as the broad drive in in Hyde Park on the north side of the Serpentine is commonly called. On such occasions an immense crowd of fashionable persons goes to see the gathering and to discuss the horses and the people on the drags, which sometimes number between thirty and forty. It is always a very gay scene in fine weather, as may be imagined from the picture The fours-in hand assemble near the Powder Magazine, and after a time leave the Ladies' Mile for Hurlingham, Hurst Park, or some other country place. Our view embraces the stone bridge which spans the Serpentine.