Summer at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London July 2015

by Emma Bumpus on July 8, 2015

Summer twinkles with London magnetism as careertraveller steps foot into the verdant Terrace of this majestic five star beauty of sophistication, history and traditional Westminster glamour.

A five-minute walk from Embankment tube station sets the scene for a balmy midsummer evening of clandestine treats, the kind one expects from a previous MI5 and MI6 British Secret Services headquarters. Built in 1884 this Grade II Listed building is an architectural treasure packed with WW11 memoirs of famous politicians, including Sir Winston Churchill.

A wander through this French château-like lobby is a voyage through opulent high ceiling rooms boasting crystal chandeliers and afternoon tea. A further splash of unexpected desirability reveals itself in the chic form of One Twenty One Two, the hotel’s two AA Rosette restaurant, whose name commemorates former neighbour, Scotland Yard, with legendary telephone number, Whitehall 1212.

Final destination ‘paradise’ reveals itself in the form of alfresco chocolate-box terraces, which ornamented with cosy wicker sofas amidst sprays of cottage garden flowers, makes way for a countryside outing of food from brunch to evening.

A gentle Thames breeze draws attention to bespoke views of the neighbouring London Eye, which sparkling above the rooftops of central London, delivers an enchanting soiree, perfect for a riverside picnic. From the hotel’s Summer Chapter Two of ‘The Terrace’ magic and luxury bubble ravenously in the form of a Summer Picnic Hamper bursting with genuine British handcrafted choice.

Aesthetically pleased taste buds revel between an exquisite garden fresh selection of charcuterie and cheese that execute a textural feast of award winning treats. Hampshire Barkham Blue and Snowdonia Black Bomber cheese are a salivating journey epitomising fine ingredients, the creamy and buttery kind!

A mouth-watering fiesta of velvety hummus with pumpernickel, silky soft cream cheese stuffed peppers and glossy balsamic onions are a gastronomic symphony of the senses that sit appetizingly on quaint gingham tablecloths. Traditional picnic celery sticks with white/ black grapes and an apple and port chutney are a smorgasbord liaison of black pepper pastrami, Parma harm and salami Milano that elevate to sweet picnic heaven!

The Careertraveller favourite, Hotel Chocolat ‘White Chocolate Blondies’ appear perfectly formed, chilled and wonderfully laced with rum, mint and lime, bringing summer garden party panache to the word ‘picnic’. Delectable!

As afternoon becomes evening, a sample of the hotel’s Chapter Three of ‘The Terrace’ brings a desirable Taittinger Champagne third dimension to the veranda. Pretty mini matching hamper canapés brimming with sweet and savoury zing complement a champagne trio of Pinot Noir and chardonnay delicacy for the “independently minded”.

From the Taittinger vineyards, all 288 hectares in the heart of Reims to Westminster in London, stands proud the Royal Horseguards Hotel, an elegant oasis of sweet summer tradition, the type that sweeps one of the ground with salacious plump berries.

An aromatic glass of wild strawberry and raspberry infused Taittinger Prestige Rose brings an urban sunset to the Terrace, the perfect setting for a sip of mellow Taittinger Nocturne Sec or rather ‘Champagne After Dark’. As for Chapter Four of ‘The Terrace’, look out for the Wimbledon Picnic Hamper!

Further information:

Details of the The Royal Horseguards Hotel and how to get there can be found by clicking on the hotel’s website The Royal Horseguards Hotel.

Further information about the hotel’s Terrace and festive celebrations can be found on the Terrace at The Royal Horseguards Hotel website.

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