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Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Goring puts forth plenty to adore, but here’s what we love best about this luxury London hotel:
1. The outside garden area. This tranquil oasis in the middle of the bustling city offers a peek into London living via the surrounding homes. While you may feel on display on the open green, a fountain toward the back allows for a bit of solitude. Wrought iron fences blanketed in shrubbery create a feeling of exclusivity, though passersby can be seen peeking through the gates leading to the streets every now and again.
2. The staff’s discreet humor. The wall leading to the Dining Room is adorned with comics poking fun at hotel guests and staff — right across from historic black-and-white photos of the Goring family and former staff.
3. The location is second to none. Look to your left before you enter the hotel and you’ll see a long, dark brick wall with spikes at the top at the end of the block — that’s the wall that guards the one-and-only Buckingham Palace. Keep walking about three blocks and you’ll find the Royal Mews and Queen’s Gallery leading right up to the front of the palace. Follow Birdcage Walk and you’ll land right in the center of Parliament Square. Make it to the palace in time to watch the changing of the guards at 11:30 a.m., and you can easily be under Big Ben when the clock strikes noon.
4. The hotel’s history. Built during the rein of King Emperor Edward VII, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is now more than 100 years old and still in the family name. According to the hotel’s website, it was the first in the world to have in-room bathrooms, a standard we’ve certainly come to expect. Many royals and celebrities alike have stayed at or visited the property — Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill, lived at The Goring in 1919, and in 1960, English model Jean Shrimpton shocked the world by wearing one of the first miniskirts to the hotel’s 50th birthday party. And the historic events continue — the hotel hosted the Middleton family before the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William.
5. The Veranda. This beautiful outside terrace offers views of the gardens and the architecture. Though English weather can be iffy, on a sunny day, be sure to take advantage of this quiet space. It’s an extension of the bar and lounge area and a terrific place for afternoon tea or a glass of Bollinger. It has approximately 10 tables, so be sure to get there early on a warm day to snag a seat.