Afternoon tea review: The Terrace, Royal Horseguards Hotel

London’s grandeur often lies in its hidden gems, and one such gem is The Terrace at the Royal Horseguards Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the city – a stones throw away from the Thames and iconic landmarks in view, the location itself promises an afternoon to remember. But it’s the quintessential British ritual – the afternoon tea – that truly elevates the experience.

Stepping onto The Terrace, the immediate ambience of sophistication strikes you. The gentle hum of conversation, the clink of porcelain, and the ambient music playing from the speakers gave a relaxed, yet fun summery feel. Every table, dressed in pristine white linens, offers a front-row seat to London’s ballet of life. Yet, amidst this bustling backdrop, The Terrace maintains a cocoon of serenity – a sanctuary for those seeking a momentary escape.

As I settled into a plush chair, my gaze was soon captured by the exquisitely set table. Elegant china, polished silver, and crystal-clear glasses hinted at the royal experience that was about to unfold. Without ado, a knowledgeable waiter presented the tea selection – an extensive curation from classic Earl Grey to exotic infusions. After much contemplation, I opted for the aromatic Darjeeling, renowned for its champagne-like subtleties.

But let’s get to the pièce de résistance – the afternoon tea spread. The three-tiered silver stand, boasting a dazzling array of treats, arrived with a flourish. On the first tier, an assortment of delicate sandwiches beckoned. Classic cucumber mingled with innovative offerings like smoked salmon with a hint of dill and cream cheese. Each bite was a symphony of fresh ingredients, perfectly seasoned, encapsulated in soft, crustless bread.

Elevating the experience further was the second tier – the scones. Warm, flaky, and with just the right amount of crumble, they were the epitome of perfection. The accompanying clotted cream, rich and velvety, paired harmoniously with the vibrant strawberry jam. This delightful duo transformed the humble scone into a luxurious treat, a delightful dance of flavors in the mouth.

Last, but certainly not least, the top tier unveiled a myriad of pastries and cakes. A chocolate opera cake, with its delicate layers of almond sponge and rich ganache, was pure decadence. The tangy lemon tart, with its buttery base, was refreshingly zesty, while a raspberry macaron burst with fruitiness in every bite. Each pastry was a testament to the craftsmanship and artistry of the hotel’s patisserie team.

After a experiencing the terrace we made our way inside for more treats

Throughout the tea, attentive staff ensured that every need was met, making the experience seamless and memorable. Every detail, from the temperature of the tea to the presentation of the food, was impeccable.

As the afternoon waned and the golden hues of sunset made our surroundings look even more mesmerising, I reflected on the afternoon tea at this gloriously chic corner of London. It wasn’t just a meal; it was an experience, a journey of flavours, and a celebration of British heritage.

The Royal Horseguards Hotel, with its majestic ambiance and impeccable service, has truly elevated the art of afternoon tea. It’s not just about the tea or the pastries; it’s about the memories you make, the conversations you have, and the sense of timelessness you feel.

As I reluctantly left, I promised myself a return. Because an afternoon at The Terrace isn’t just a one-time affair; it’s a tradition waiting to be repeated again and again.

Mitra Msaad

Editor in Chief