The Royal Horseguards Hotel

London's top-secret spot
VERIFIED LUXURY
Both historic and stately, The Royal Horseguards Hotel once served as headquarters for the British secret service and it’s said that Winston Churchill and others used secret tunnels within the building. Today, the hotel mixes old school elegance and modern panache — and is still the site of intrigue.

We recommend ordering the Churchill cocktail from the Equus bar before asking hotel employees about Winston Churchill’s secret tunnels in the hotel's cellar. You’ll also want to find out where scenes from the James Bond film, Skyfall were shot in and around the hotel.

And inquire about the English Heritage blue plaque that adorns the outside of One Twenty One Two Restaurant. It honors Sir Mansfield Cumming, the first Secret Intelligence Service chief, who lived and worked at the London hotel. Nicknamed "C" because he initialed papers with the letter, Cumming was Ian Fleming's inspiration for the "M" character in his Bond novels.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• The Royal Horseguards Hotel Hotel overlooks the River Thames and is convenient to the London Eye, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, the West End and London’s main theatre district.

• Each guest room at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel is a luxurious mix of modern amenities and historic Victorian architectural and interior design details.

• The experienced concierge staff is intimately familiar with the hotel and its surrounding area and can assist guests with ordering tickets to popular attractions, theatrical performances, or setting up restaurant reservations.

• Sip on an extensive selection of delicious, high quality teas in the hotel’s lounge or outdoor terrace, manned by a knowledgeable and professional staff. Tea service includes finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with homemade preserves, pastries and savory bites.

• Glittering chandeliers, a grand marble staircase, high ceilings, detailed woodwork and lavish furnishings make up the luxurious One Whitehall Place, the gorgeous event venue located adjacent to and run by The Royal Horseguards Hotel.
Things to Know
• The hotel was recently accredited with membership to the UK Tea Guild and presented with an “Award of Excellence” in the guild’s top London afternoon tea award category.

• According to the hotel, Sir George Mansfield Smith-Cumming led the Secret Intelligence Service (commonly known as MI6) on the eighth floor of the structure during World War I.

• Scotland Yard was once located adjacent the hotel, and the restaurant is named after the internationally famed telephone number of Scotland Yard, Whitehall 1212.
The Rooms
• Many rooms have features dating back to 1888, often with red and white curtains similar to the look of the Royal Guard. On the walls hang prints of famous places in the area such as the Ministry of Defense and Parliament.

• Rooms come with iPod docking stations, surround-sound speakers, flat-screen televisions in the bedrooms and bathrooms, and Wi-Fi. Built into the wall are American plugs, as well as ones for the U.K.

• All rooms at the London hotel have desks that flip up into a mirror, coffee and tea kits, Hypnos beds (the Queen's bed of choice) made up with Egyptian linens, climate control and mini bars.

• You’ll feel like you’re in a spa in the luxury hotel’s elegantly appointed tile bathrooms, each equipped with a plasma TV in the shower, heated floors and heated towel racks.
The Restaurants
• One Twenty One Two Restaurant at The Royal Horseguards Hotel offers a contemporary take on traditional British fare, sourced by local British food products and seasonable vegetables for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

• The dimly lit, wood-paneled restaurant is particular loved for its afternoon tea. The Tea Guild even named the restaurant one of the best places to get your afternoon herbal brew — no small feat in tea-loving Britain.

• High quality fish is always on the menu at The One Twenty One Two Restaurant. Try the oven roasted Welsh sea bass served with seafood ravioli, shellfish broth and garlic mayonnaise, or the slow-cooked North Atlantic halibut served with spring greens and saffron cream sauce.

• On most nights, a harpist will greet your arrival into the hotel bar, Equus, which has a full cocktail menu, locally brewed ales and 18 types of Cuban cigars.
Getting There
2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ
TEL44-845-305-8332
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
LHR (35-55 min)