I have never stayed in a hotel in London before. Having lived in the city my entire life, I’ve never afforded myself the luxury of a staycation (well, what’s the point?)
After spending one night in the Royal Horseguards hotel, I’m fully converted to staycations in my own city.
A birthday weekend recently found me checking into The Royal Horseguards hotel in Whitehall, nestled in an incredibly historic part of London. Despite being a stone’s throw away from the busy tourist hot spot of Trafalgar Square, the secluded Whitehall location made me feel as though I was escaping the business of London that I both love and loathe.
And my night away from home proved that London has some of the most incredible, and interesting places to stay in the world.
And the Royal Horseguards is no exception. The eighth-floor was the HQ for the Secret Service during WWI and the there’s a network of tunnels underneath its cellar that was apparently used by the likes of Winston Churchill. What’s more, the hotel has been used as a filming location in shows such as James Bond’s Octopussy and Skyfall and Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge.
And aside from the history, the hotel itself is a beautiful place to stay. Beginning in the plush lobby, we were taken to our rooms, nestled along a relatively narrow corridor. But the room was far from small. The tall ceilings and floor to ceiling windows were welcomed, as was the fantastic few of the Thames, and the London Eye.
The bed was huge, and comfy, and the room itself came with all the modernities one could want, including a huge plasma TV and an iPhone dock.
Plus heated floors, Elemis toiletries, monsoon showers and a fully-stocked minibar gave this hotel the luxury feel it fully deserves.
Oh, and the star of the show was of course the TV in the bathroom, perfect for that bath lounging with wine glass in hand.
And it’s not just lovely rooms the hotel has to offer, the hotel also houses the award-winning One Twenty One Two restaurant, and the Equus Cocktail Bar.
And if weather allows The Terrace is perfect for alfresco cocktails. Recently working with Fever-Tree to launch the Secret Herb Garden, The Terrace created a stunning G&T menu using various herbs around the garden.
So whether you want a night away from home, or a hotel in the heart of London’s best attractions – you couldn’t get much better…
Rooms start at £157, visit the website for more info.