Royal Horseguards

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The Royal Horseguards occupies a French château discreetly located off Whitehall. The building was designed by Alfred ‘Natural History Museum’ Waterhouse for the National Liberal Club in 1887, and club founder, William Gladstone, great reformer that he was, probably would have approved of the recent refurb of the interior by the Guoman group. It’s immaculately clean, ‘classic but modern’ in style, with welcoming staff.

The bedrooms have useful dressing tables, iPod docks and wonderfully comfortable Hypnos beds, and bathrooms come with flatscreen TV and Elemis products. The buffet-style breakfasts are ordinary, but from the upper floors the river views of County Hall and the London Eye – whisper it – rival those of the Savoy.

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The Royal Horseguards is a five-star hotel offering 282 luxury bedrooms and suites. It is situated in the heart of central London and runs along Whitehall Gardens by the Thames, next to Embankment. The hotel boasts a two-AA rosette restaurant, afternoon tea lounge and outside terrace.
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Venue name: Royal Horseguards
Address: 2 Whitehall Court
Transport: Tube: Embankment tube or Charing Cross tube/rail
Price: Rates £300-£400
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Izzy K

It’s hard to find an exceptional Afternoon Tea in London if you don’t want to pay a price of a Michelin start dinner. So I was glad to find a half price deal for this special 'A Right Royal Afternoon Tea' (created by the GBBO winner John Whaite to honour the Queen) to treat my sister on her birthday.

The Lounge in the Royal Hourseguard Hotel maybe doesn’t have a spectacular view over the river as other restaurants in this hotel, but its classy surroundings were perfect for the occasion. And although it wasn't the best afternoon tea I've ever head, my sister, who was new to this English tradition, absolutely loved it!

One of the reasons I picked this place was the interesting selection of teas. My strawberries and cream was delicately fruity and summery and went perfectly well with the selection of cakes, all of which were delicious.  

The scones weren’t served warm as described on the menu, but they were still super fresh and yummy.

Apart from the sweet buns with cray fish, the rest of the sandwiches were classic and didn’t stand out. The stuff was chatty, attentive and funny. They even let us get some of the cakes home under a promise we’d consume them really quick.

Vieve W

Quintessentially British with the tastes and flavours of the Commonwealth.

As a treat for Mum on her birthday, this was one of the best afternoon teas we have both had in the capital for a long time. Whilst quirky and themed afternoon teas are normally my thing, this was a stripped back British affair with a slight twist.

As you enter the foyer, you are aware you have entered somewhere rather special. Flowers, mirrors and textiles adorned the lobby and you were greeted with exceptional service.

Afternoon Tea, takes place in The Lounge. A laid back, yet just as luxurious setting which extends into a long and spacious walkway. The armchairs were beautiful and comfortable  and there was more than enough space, considering the table was fairly small.

'A Right Royal Afternoon Tea' was a specially designed menu from the Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite. A delectable menu focused on the Queen's 90th Birthday with a twist. The twist being a selection of desserts themed around the flavours of the Commonwealth. Examples included the 'White Chocolate, Coconut and Lime' cake inspired by the Maldives or the 'Chocolate Hazelnut Caramel Tart with Maple Mousse' inspired by the Royal Household's family favourite.

Starting with the savoury, the sandwiches were not your average 'Ham & Cheese' or 'cucumber & cream cheese'...oh no! They included, Crayfish rolls and egg mayo brioche buns. Each one was amazing and we were given more complimentary from the staff (and even managed to take some home!)

The scones were quite possibly the best I have ever tasted. They were crunchy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside...topped with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam...simply delicious and melt in the mouth!

The desserts however... Well these were the star of the show. Along with the previously mentioned, were 'Raspberry and Rose Choux Buns' inspired the Brooch Queen Liz wore upon meeting the Indian PM. The 'Triangular jam Sponge' based on the favourite Victoria Sponge and a simple 'Lemon Macaron' inspired by Queenie's outfit at Will and Kate's wedding. Small portions but absolutely stunning and you wouldn't have needed any more.

Overall, service was fantastic (especially by the (seeming) floor manager and we couldn't have faulted it. The food was absolutely breathtaking and the interior was beautiful. We loved that it's in the heart of central London but tucked away on Whitehall Court, away from the hustle and bustle of Trafalger Square and the like.

Fantastic experience and (we) would definitely return.