Opened in 1884, The Royal Horseguards Hotel is discreetly located in the heart of London, on the River Thames at the Embankment, and offers Victorian grandeur combined with elegant, first-class contemporary comfort, setting it apart as one of the finest hotels near Westminster.
Within easy walking distance of Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square, The Royal Horseguards acts as perfect base for exploring London. Each room is imbued with a blend of exquisite Victorian elegance and thoroughly modern comforts, and the hotel’s four food and drink outlets – Equus Bar, One Twenty One Two restaurant, The Tea Lounge, and The Terrace – are renowned for
providing exquisite service. The Terrace offers guests a stunning backdrop for watching the sun set through the trees of Whitehall gardens over the London skyline, with a menu which features premium cocktails and spritz serves, along with a delicious range of light bites, mains and desserts which are perfect for al-fresco dining.
Guests can take full advantage of this experience by hiring The Terrace for private events and functions, with a bespoke events menu on offer and plenty of space to enjoy summer barbecues and mingling over cocktails into the night.
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Enjoy cocktails on The Terrace – The Terrace opens for a limited time during the summer to offer the ultimate secret garden inspired experience, hidden away just outside Whitehall Gardens and with views of the London Eye.
Visiting the cellars – The hotel was the backdrop for some of the most important meetings in World War Two, with the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, often visiting with government colleagues. Guests can get a glimpse of this history by journeying down to the original wine cellar. While today it is used for private dining experiences, it hosts a number of historical treasures, including the original machinery that was developed to bring the beer barrels into the building, and the old fuse box that is of the same original design used on The Titanic.
Celebrate the Carolean era with the Coronation Afternoon Tea – To celebrate the new King, guests can enjoy the Coronation Afternoon Tea from May – September. Enjoy traditional all-butter scones, as well as the Coronation chicken finger sandwiches and Pimms Victoria sponge, added to the menu especially for the celebration of the new Monarch.
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The hotel’s most intriguing feature is the underground tunnel that was built at the start of World War Two, which Churchill reportedly used to travel to and from nearby Downing Street. Upon the ringing of the divisional bell, the members were allocated 15 minutes in which to vacate the premises and make their way to the Houses of Parliament to vote on the various issues of the day.