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Afternoon Tea at the Royal Horseguards with a peak at the Lobby of One Whitehall Place

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 Royal Horseguards Hotel

Royal Horseguards Afternoon Tea

Yesterday a friend and I enjoyed afternoon tea at the Royal Horseguards Hotel. The hotel is located in a prestigious street close to Whitehall and faces out onto Victoria Embankment Gardens and the River Thames. The afternoon tea consisted of finger sandwiches with contemporary savoury bites and delicious cakes and pastries. We enjoyed a relaxing  three hour visit in beautiful surroundings and with consistantly excellent service.

Royal Horseguards Hotel

Tasty fruit and cinnamon scones served warm with homemade fruit preserve and Cornish clotted cream

Royal Horseguards Hotel

Delicious selection of cakes each a work of art - including a macaroon and a strawberry flavoured chocolate lolly-pop

Royal Horseguards Hotel 

Receiption with view into the Lounge where we enjoyed out leisurely meal with great service

Royal Horseguards Hotel

One Whitehall Place - Lobby

We were lucky to be permitted a quick look at One Whitehall Place. This Grade I listed building was originally built as the National Liberal Club in 1887. It is designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who most famous building is the Natural History Museum. Walking through the door one was imediately transported back in time.

Royal Horseguards Hotel

One Whitehall Place - Lobby

Royal Horseguards Hotel

One Whitehall Place - Staircase

The centrepiece is the grand oval cantilevered marble spiral staircase, remade after war damage by Clyde Young and Bernard Engle 1951.

For more details see Royal Horseguards Hotel's website here.

The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.