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The Royal Horseguards in London, England
You might still spot politicians enjoying a reprieve from Parliament at The Royal Horseguards. It began life as The National Liberal Club in 1884 and was commandeered by the Ministry of Defense during both world wars to headquarter the M15 and M16, Britain's secret intelligence organizations. After undergoing a full renovation in 2008, sparkling chandeliers and contemporary accents join the oil paintings and rich red and gold furnishings that still retain the air of Westminster.
Stride across manicured lawns to the banks of the River Thames and follow it south. Veer right to walk along St. James's Park. Stare down the stern guards outside Buckingham Palace and give the Queen a nod. Circle back to The Royal Horseguards for afternoon tea and apricot scones on the sunlit terrace. Raise a glass to Churchill at the bar named after him – he was one of The National Liberal Club’s most prominent members.
Location of The Royal Horseguards
Nearest Airport: LHR
Amenities for The Royal Horseguards
- General Information
- 280 Guest Rooms
- 2 Restaurants
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Afternoon Tea
- On-Site Amenities
- Fitness Center
- Limousine Service
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- iPod Docks
- Flat-Screen Televisions
- Luxury Linens
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Meeting Rooms
- Historic Sites
- Art Galleries
- Public Transportation
- Culture & Arts
Reviews for The Royal Horseguards
This is a lovely hotel located on the banks of the Thames close to tube and train stations for easy access around the capital. The rooms are standard size for London (on the small size if youâ€™re used to US offerings) but are beautifully presented. There seemed to be a few issues with air con - which in a building of this age is not surprus8bg but the hotel coped well with this and quickly deployed heaters to guests. The breakfast was excellent and staff were great. Sadly the women serving in the bar lacked some customer service skills not even making eye contact and leaving several of us waiting a wondering if we woukd be served whilst she stacked glasses! Lol - we did eventually! But that really was the only issue dur8ng the stay. I was here for a conference and can honestly say the food is the best â€˜ mass cateringâ€™ I have ever had! (And I have been to a LOT of conferences!) We also hosted a gala dinner here and the food and service was fabulous - the former National Liberal club rooms are stunning! This hotel is a great base from which to explore central London.
Travelozzy - Bicester, United Kingdom
A lovely lobby welcomes you with an open log fire. We (my sister, mother and me) were directed to a light and airy lounge for afternoon tea. It was one of the presents given to our mother for her 90th birthday. We had the most marvellous waitress called Sophia who could not had done any more to make the afternoon special for us all. The champagne was a generous glassful each and was delicious Tattinger. We were made extra comfortable with plump cushions tucked into the deep chairs. When the tea arrived it was in heavy duty attractive metal teapots that kept the tea hot and the selection of finger sandwiches, with the bread in different colours was a delight. Two little scones each with plenty of clotted cream and jam (jam on first - of course!) and the top tier had lots of lovely little bite size cakes. As an added bonus - Sophia and another waitress brought out extra little cakes with a candle and decorated plate with Happy 90th Birthday. Our mother was thrilled and we cannot recommend this lovely experience highly enough.
Margaret G - London, United Kingdom
Location location location. We chose this establishment for its amazing location. A short walk to everything - Trafalgar Square, Westminster, west end, Southbank, The Strand, Soho, train station ..... We also wanted a traditional feel hotel and we certainly found it! The exterior of the building, along with most other buildings in London is truly spectacular!!! I believe this establishment was an old MI5/6 Scotland Yard Building. The foyer / reception area is really nice with an open fire. All the staff were pleasant enough but I need to be truthful and say that we didnâ€™t really find the concierge too much help and found ourselves having to follow up with them too many times or just working things out ourselves. Funny moment for us was when we got a knock on the door early one morning (my husband had organised flowers to be delivered to our room for our anniversary) There was one knock and then in burst housekeeping. Didnâ€™t event wait for us to say she could come in. Luckily for everyone it wasnâ€™t an embarrassing moment but something management need to remind their staff to be mindful of. We paid extra for a king river room which had a fantastic view of the Thames River and the London Eye. We went to bed every night with our curtains open to enjoy the view The king bed was super comfy!!!!! We thought it was funny to note that the bed head was only for a queen bed so when we tried to sit in bed to read we had to prop our pillows close in the middle. The pillows were not so great and there was no pillow menu. The Bar area (sorry I have forgotten the name) is a nice quiet area to enjoy some drinks and light snacks. In fact even Winston Churchill was a regular there. I highly recommend the Mojitos!!! The breakfast area is quite a small area. Not the normal hustle and bustle of a large establishment but not quite a B&B. The breakfast choices are the basic eggs, bacon etc, cereals and juices. They bring toast to your table. Just a couple of housekeeping notes that I feel obliged to advise other trip advisors, but please keep in mind that I do recommend this place Notes : â€¢ The bathroom is stocked with basic accessories (Shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash. Thatâ€™s all) â€¢ Shower is located in the bath. There are two shower heads. One hand held which is fixed to a low point on the wall with low pressure. And one overhead which sprayed everywhere, so not great if you donâ€™t want to get your hair wet â€¢ Bathroom has Heated floor tiles and towel rails which we LOVED â€¢ The hairdryer is located in a dresser in the main room and cannot be relocated. You need to clear the desk to be able to open the cabinet to see the mirror underneath â€¢ The bath / shower also has a weird tv. We had success turning the TV on but could not change stations or volume etc â€¢ the sound from the main TV was poor â€¢ Bar fridge doesnâ€™t have much stock â€¢ Our bed was only turned back one night, which wasnâ€™t a problem, but we just thought it was weird when we stayed for 7 â€¢ There are some sort of building works going on in the river directly in front of the hotel. It isnâ€™t great to look at and gets quite noisy during the day. This did not bother us as we were out every day but something to be mindful of
TRACEY E - Melbourne, Australia
Attended a tech conference here today and went out for some fresh air at lunchtime, on my way back in I am questioned as to my reason for being in this hotel - I wasn't the only one not dressed In a suit and clearly had my badge on display. I don't mind being asked but not in the condescending way the questioning occurred. The service staff however we're brilliant. Just take care to avoid the doorman if your not suited to the nines.
We had afternoon tea at the Royal Horseguards and would highly recommend it to anyone who is visiting a nearby attraction like the London Eye. The service and food was excellent . When we visited it had an open fire on the reception area and it just added a welcoming note to visitors. We didn't stay here but the location of the hotel is excellent for visiting the London attractions.
John C - Bridgnorth, United Kingdom