“The fourth Mr Goring is now at the helm of this great London family-run institution, opened in 1910. Though tradition and Englishness is at its heart, The Goring always keeps up with the times (it was the first to install en suite bathrooms) but liveried doormen, long-serving staff, private gardens, English dishes and magnificent breakfasts are all at the core of its charm. Kate Middleton chose the Goring to stay in for her and her family the night before her wedding to Prince William - so gaining the hotel instant fame. The room she stayed in, not unnaturally, has been fully booked ever since. Quieter garden-facing rooms are best, and the Silk Rooms designed by Russell Sage. Nina Campbell designed other rooms, and royal designer David Linley created the magnificent dining room.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
People love staying at The Goring because of our elegant, luxurious style coupled with impeccable personalised service. Relaxed and warm, with a good measure of Goring humour and charm. Our longstanding staff really care about our guests, welcoming many back year after year. The Goring is also home to one of the largest private gardens in the capital, offering an idyllic oasis in the heart of London.
What is there to do in the area?
Your first stop is to meet Head Concierge John Andrews (previously named “Top Concierge Worldwide” by Luxury Travel Advisor – and fondly known as “Big John” ) who is a fount of all knowledge – or email ahead on firstname.lastname@example.org , to get his top tips.
- Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (please check with Big John for dates)
- Buckingham Palace
- The Royal Parks
- Westminster Abbey Verger Tour
- Houses of Parliament Tours
- Shopping in nearby Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Sloane Street
- Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms
- The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road
- The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
- Tate Britain
- The London Eye
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
At The Goring breakfast is taken very seriously, sourcing the finest local produce for an outstanding traditional English breakfast. Black puddings, white puddings, delicious pork sausages and free range farm eggs. With lashings of toast and butter and plenty of The Goring’s own blend tea, it’s the perfect way to start the day.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
The Goring Dining Room serves the best in British food under Michelin pedigree Chef Shay Cooper. An elegantly decorated room lit by Swarovski crystal chandeliers, The Dining Room is open 7 days a week for Breakfast (every day); Lunch (Sunday to Friday) and Dinner (every evening). Three Couse Lunch Menu -available from £42.50 | Three Course Dinner Menu available from £52.50. The Bar & Lounge also serves The Goring Afternoon Tea – an institution in itself and voted Top London Afternoon Tea by the Tea Guild in 2013.
Locally recommended restaurants:
Scotts - fish restaurant
Quilon - Michelin starred Indian restaurant
The Thomas Cubitt - local gastro pub
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Each room and suite at The Goring has been individually decorated, meaning many of our guests have their favourites. The Belgravia Suites are very popular – four glamorous suites, offering space, luxury and an in-suite cocktail service. The Belgravia Suites also feature historical Gainsborough silk lined walls, crisp Italian linen, large marble bathrooms and lovingly crafted bespoke furniture. With a balcony overlooking the Goring Gardens, the suite is filled with natural daylight.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The Goring truly represents time-honoured tradition and the best of British, so for those seeking a quintessentially English stay it’s the ideal retreat. The Goring is the only family owned and run 5* luxury hotel in London, and the hotel reflects one family’s passion for quality – providing the greatest comfort, delicious food and the most attentive service for over a hundred years.”