Review – Royal Horseguards Hotel – City, London
Wandering around the wonderful city of London you can’t throw a china teacup without hitting one of the many 5* hotels around. You might think that these elegant establishments are for those with oodles of money and wardrobes bursting with designer clothes but you’d be wrong.There are many ways that even I can enjoy a touch of luxury. Most hotels offer a high tea that is open to everyone and you don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy it. One such place is The Royal Horseguards Hotel situated near the banks of the River Thames on Whitehall Court.
Horseguards have recently launched their ‘Summer Chapter’ on The Terrace in collaboration with Hotel Chocolat and Taittinger Champagne. And so it was that on a glorious summer day I found myself heading here to check out what was on offer. I may have lived in London for over 20 years but even MY internal GPS can be a bit ‘off’. Bearing in mind that Royal Horseguards from Waterloo should have taken me 10 minutes max of walking, I ended up going the scenic route down to Blackfriars Bridge. Oh dear. I was 20 minutes late but the views of London in the sunshine, mixed with the lovely reception from the hotel staff when I finally arrived, made it all alright.
I was lead through the hotel foyer by the concierge to the sanctuary that is The Terrace. A real haven in this bustling city. It is hard to believe that you are in the middle of London, it is elegant, tranquil and looks beautiful. The Summer Chapter, which I was here to experience, is the 2nd Chapter to be launched. You may be wondering what a Chapter is? It is a range of delicious foods and drink that are put together by the hotel and it’s partners, celebrating a particular event on the calendar. In this case it is a celebration of Wimbledon and summertime.
Each hamper comes at a cost of £59 for 2 people and includes a half bottle of Taittinger champagne. There is a selection of menus from which you pick 9 items so your hamper can be filled with whatever suits your palate. There are 3 sections to choose from, charcuterie, cheese and sweet.
Warm baguette & grilled sourdough, Woodhalls Cumbria salami, Home-roasted Grangemoor beef, Balsamic onions, Parma Ham, Hummus with pumpernickel, Cream cheese stuffed peppers, Black pepper pastrami and Rocket leaves
Warm baguette & cheese biscuits, Alex James’ Farleigh Wallop, Barkham Blue, Celery sticks, Elmhirst Black Bomber, Apple & port chutney, Celtic Promise, Baby carrots, White and black grapes and Green apple
Chocolate brownies, White Chocolate Blondies, Chocolate dipped strawberries, Macarons, Truffles and a Fruit tub.
As you can see, something for everyone!
My choice was mostly from the charcuterie and cheese sections and I have to say, it was all so delicious! Creamy cheeses, tasty meats and fresh fruits for me.The portion sizes are great too, I left feeling satiated, happy and wanting to come back for another visit soon! Tables on The Terrace are set with pretty gingham tablecloths and your hamper with the champagne is brought to you. Taking a seat on the wicker furniture and surrounded by colourful blooms and the scents they produce, it makes for a heavenly setting. And speaking of settings, did you know that this hotel was home to the spooks of MI5 and MI6 during the World Wars as well as a location for James Bond in Octopussy? I love finding placeslike this, it makes it even more special. With views over Whitehall Gardens and the Thames plus a little history to boot, what more could you want for that perfect picnic?
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Equus Cocktail Club – Aperol sorbet with Prosecco
Presentation table showing assorted baskets
Cute little table decorations