The Goring

A royal London retreat
Still run by the family who built it, The Goring offers the height of luxury with a distinctly intimate feel. Opened in 1910, the boutique hotel has just 69 rooms and suites, yet each room is individually designed to offer the ultimate blend of elegance and comfort.

The hotel has hosted more than one member of Britain’s Royal Family in the past 100 years; not surprisingly, the signature four-room Royal Suite is arguably the most glamorous accommodation option in England.

And for a regal recommendation, in 2013 the hotel received a Royal Warrant of appointment to the Queen for Hospitality Services as the hotel hosted foreign royals during coronation ceremonies and the Duchess of Cambridge before her wedding in 2011. The Goring may be small, but there’s far more to it than meets the eye.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The outside garden area offers a tranquil oasis in the middle of the bustling city. While you may feel on display on the open green, a fountain toward the back allows for a bit of solitude.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• The beautiful outside terrace offers views of the gardens and the architecture. It’s an extension of the bar and lounge area and a terrific place for afternoon tea or a glass of Bollinger.
Things to Know
• You might notice a wooden duck in your bathroom — and there’s a story behind it. George Goring once brought a string of live ducks through the lobby, and after that, wooden ducks were placed in all the hotel bathrooms.

• The evening crowd at The Goring is formally dressed — suits and ties for men and dresses for ladies. While staff encourages you to act as if you’re at home, be sure to bring your finer wear to feel comfortable.

• The Bar and Lounge subtly advises guests to leave their cellphones, laptops and electronics in the room. If you were unaware of the rule and have them with you, the staff is happy to hang onto them while you dine and drink.
The Rooms
• The Goring has 69 rooms and suites, ranging from its cozy queen bedrooms right up to its decadent Royal Suite, which occupies part of the top floor of the luxurious Belgravia hotel.

• Every room is filled with opulent fabrics and furnishings arranged in a classically contemporary style.

• Rooms are decorated in colors ranging from the deepest blue to palest cream; and boast specially designed, hand-made furnishings.

• Some rooms overlook The Goring’s private gardens while others offer views of the lovely Victoria Square and Beeston Place.
The Restaurants
• The signature eatery here is the heralded Dining Room, which offers traditional British cuisine from executive chef Shay Cooper featuring locally sourced ingredients in a thoroughly British setting — reservations are essential here, as it’s a fashionable lunch and dinner destination.

• The decadently decorated Bar & Lounge attracts an eclectic crowd of lords, ladies and more for properly made libations and light meals, from soups and sandwiches to salads and seafood, throughout the day.

• There are also Private Dining Rooms, which offer small groups sublime haute cuisine in the intimacy of their own space.

• Enjoy a quintessentially English afternoon tea on The Terrace all year round, or a selection of traditional dishes on The Veranda in summer.
Getting There
15 Beeston Place, Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0JW
LHR (30-45 min)   LGW  
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