Last week, we were invited down to the 5 star complex that is The Royal Horseguards Hotel. We were invited to sample their new liquid afternoon tea menu (available for a limited time) designed for London cocktail week as well as take a tour of the hotel. Read about our experience complete with photography from Yin after the break.
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The hotel which has been a landmark for well over 100 years is situated a stone throw from Embankment station overlooking the Thames. I was already taken aback by the how big the complex is- the hotel also boasts some amazing architectural detail before you even get inside.
The Royal Horseguards Hotel
2 Whitehall Court
When we arrived, we were promptly greeted and shown to the Equus bar where we were given a brief tutorial on the hotel’s signature cocktails: The Churchill and The Lord Kitchener. Each made intricately at the hands of a drink connoisseur. Collectively we preferred the latter cocktails should have a kick!
After trying one or two drinks, we were ushered over to try a contemporary selection of finger sandwiches and savoury bites all freshly made right before our eyes. We looked on longingly as the chef talked us through each canapé; and with a considerable amount of self-control, none of us drooled… I think.
Before our tour of the Royal Horseguard Hotel, we tried a range of mini ice lolly’s and other sweets including strawberry daiquiri macaroons and long island ice tea jelly shots.
The tour of the complex was really interesting; my inner historian was listening intently as our tour guide gave a run-down of the hotel’s incredibly long history dating back to the 1800s. Before it became the iconic landmark it is today, part of the building was a block of flats whilst other parts were associated with the National Liberal Club.
We were guided down to the lower levels of the complex to an old cellar where William Ewart Gladstone (then prime minister) laid the foundation stone in 1883… madness!! There were plans however create an underground railway system which would have ran through this exact spot.
Overall we were captivated by the hotel’s amazing architecture and formidable history, walking around in some parts of the hotel gave me chills… in a good way. You can find out more about the hotel on their website. However the Liquid Afternoon Tea menu is only available until 14th October 2012. For bookings, again head to the website.