Royal Horseguards Hotel Afternoon Tea

Table set up for afternoon tea
Royal Horsegaurds Hotel 

The Royal Horseguards is a five star hotel close to Trafalgar Square. Afternoon Tea is held in the Lounge.

  • Venue: The Royal Horseguards, 2 Whitehall Court London SW1A 2EJ
  • Days and Times: Afternoon tea is served daily from 3 to 6 pm.
  • Cost: From approx. £30 per person.
  • Dress Code: Smart casual.
  • Reservations: Online booking or call 020 7451 9333.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted and staff are willing to help.
  • Children: Children are welcome.
  • Music: Harpist on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tea Selection

There wasn't a tea menu as such but the teas were listed in the general Lounge menu. Staff said that they usually explain the tea selection to guests. There wasn't a wide variety, but they had all the usual types and the tea was loose leaf and served in lovely silver teapots. Staff made an effort to try and pour everyone's tea, but if it's busy you might need to serve yourself.

The plain white crockery cups and plates were simple and stylish and the color was added to the table by a stunning fresh floral centerpiece.

Seating

There's a large variety of seating. A party of six might be seated on two low sofas by the fireplace. Smaller parties might get bucket dining chairs at round dining tables.

The Food

We were told we could have as much as we liked of everything but they do not offer a takeaway option. We received two cake stands for a party of 6; if you have special dietary needs, your sandwiches will be served on a separate plate.

The finger sandwiches had the classic fillings and white and brown bread was used.

You can request more sandwiches, but as they're made fresh to order you might have to wait awhile before they come out.

Staff were always polite and courteous and described the contents of the cake stands well.

The scones were a hit with all and the fresh clotted cream is always a treat with a delicious strawberry preserve.

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