Opened in 1910, and still in the same family, The Goring is gloriously British. But although it is 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? Who else has an ‘Ooh!’ light setting in each bedroom? And these days, as well as great comfort, it has undeniable wow-factor glamour, thanks to a top-to-toe redecoration 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. As for the 69 bedrooms, they encapsulate the quintessentially English feel; the Royal Suite is particularly delectable. And then there’s The Goring’s secret glory: its huge private garden, complete with croquet lawn. Doubles from £435.
Name to Know: Expert concierge Big John and his team, who will tell you all you need to know about what’s going on in London.
See: Set on a quiet, leafy street in Belgravia, The Goring is well located to enjoy the major sites of London, Buckingham Palace is just a short walk away.
Eat: 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.
Buy: Stroll to nearby Sloane Street for some luxury retail therapy with the biggest brands and exclusive boutique stores.
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