Opened in 1910, and still in the same family, The Goring is gloriously British. But although it’s a grand and dignified institution, it never takes itself too seriously, possessing what so many smart hotels lack: a sense of humour. Where else does Noël Coward sing Mad Dogs and Englishmen while your call is being connected? And these days, as well as great comfort, it has undeniable wow-factor glamour, beautifully decorated throughout and triumphantly capped by the wonderful, hand-painted wallpaper that now graces the Front Hall. The Bar, redolent of colonial grandeur, is a hub, where afternoon tea is London’s best, while in the scintillating Linley-designed dining room, head chef Shay Cooper’s Michelin-starred modern British cuisine causes many a lip to smack. And then there’s The Goring’s secret glory: its huge private garden, complete with croquet lawn.
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Set on a quiet, leafy street in Belgravia, The Goring is well located to enjoy the major sites of London, in particular Buckingham Palace, which is just a royal wave away.
Pay a visit to the exceptional Michelin-starred Dining Room at The Goring, enjoy lunch in the garden during the summer months or indulge in the much-loved Goring Afternoon Tea.
Stroll to nearby Sloane Street for some luxury retail therapy with the biggest brands and exclusive boutique stores.
CLAIM TO FAME
The walls of the master bedroom in the Royal Suite are lined with the same silk that graced the First Class Dining Room of RMS Titanic 1912, while the silk in the bathroom is a match for that which adorns the throne room in Buckingham Palace.
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