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The Royal Horseguards

The Royal Horseguards

Overlooking the River Thames and housed in a stately 19th-century building modeled on a  French chateau, The Royal Horseguards offers grand yet welcoming accommodation in the heart of London. The high, stuccoed ceiling, marble floor and glass chandelier of the entrance lobby set the scene for the elegance of the rest of the hotel. Although varying in style from traditional to modern, the spacious rooms are all sophisticated and refined and decorated in warm, earthy tones. The hotel’s restaurant 1212 is named after the old phone number of Scotland Yard, once based in the neighboring building. It serves artisanal British cuisine in an elegant yet informal setting, and has a beautiful, leafy terrace next to Whitehall Gardens.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

Rooms are differentiated by size and amenities, but also by their view. You can choose from either a city, garden or river view within each category. Decor varies from simple but stylish to refined elegance and the spacious rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, a TV in both the bedroom and bathroom, an iPod docking station, and a complimentary minibar whose contents increases with higher room categories. Most bathrooms have a shower over the bath, although some have a separate bath and shower.

Location

Located behind Whitehall Gardens which front onto the Embankment, just a two-minute walk from Embankment tube station, The Royal Horseguards is centrally located in the heart of London. Big Ben and Westminster are about a ten-minute walk away, Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery are even closer, and the West End venues of Leicester Square take about 15 minutes to reach on foot.

Food and drink

The hotel’s restaurant 1212 (One Twenty One Two) is large and elegant, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is a buffet, with a la carte dishes also available, while the lunch and dinner menu focuses on artisanal British cuisine using seasonal ingredients. Afternoon tea is available in the lounge while the Equus Bar with its eclectic decor and gentlemen’s club atmosphere serves a wide array of cocktails.

Facilities and activities

The hotel has a small gym.

Our opinion

The Royal Horseguards offers fantastic value in the heart of London, and we particularly like its attractive al fresco dining terrace.

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