Classical elegance at The Royal Horseguards

PUBLISHED: 13:47 18 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 February 2013

A room at The Royal Horseguards Hotel

A room at The Royal Horseguards Hotel

Damion Roberts checks out an award-winning five star hotel in central London that has just undergone a £16million refurbishment

Damion Roberts checks out an award-winning five star hotel in central London that has just undergone a 16million refurbishment


Situated on the banks of the River Thames, The Royal Horseguards is an imposing and quite beautiful building just a short walk from Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. Across the water is the London Eye.

What to like

The hotel was named the AA London Hotel of the Year 2011-11, and it is easy to see why. The rooms are sumptuous, there are no two ways about it. Clean, delicious colours, understated paintings on the walls there is a lot to like including the little things such as the cushioned drawers, the light around the edges of the shaving mirror and the hidden kettle and cups. The building is grand, but not imposing, and it has a history worth checking out.

What not to like

The only fault is the size of the bath. This reviewer is 5ft 11in, and needed to stick his pins over the end of the bath a little. This is partly because you have to sink a little lower into the tub because the controls for the shower are too low on the wall behind your back.

The rooms

The hotel has 281 rooms to choose from, from the deluxe double to the king suite, also known as The Apartment, which has separate dining and lounge areas.

Many of the rooms have views over the Thames, and they merit the five-star rating bestowed upon the hotel.

The Executive King includes a shower in the bathroom, a good size television on the wall opposite the bed, plus one in the bathroom, as well as plenty of closet space.

Food and drink

The One Twenty One Two, so called as a nod in the direction of the telephone number of the Metropolitan police HQ which was formerly housed next door, is an award-winning restaurant which comes recommended from those in the know.

Elsewhere is the Equus bar, which has a number of cocktails named after former guests including the former intelligence service director Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming of whom, it is said, used to study the reactions of people by sticking a knife into his wooden left leg. Needless to say, they did not know it was wooden.



The Royal Horseguards, 2 Whitehall Court, Whitehall, London SW1A 2EJ

0871 376 9033

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