The Goring – a genuine Royal experience in London
The Goring, London’s last family-owned luxury hotel, has been celebrating its 105th birthday this year. A favorite of the Royal family since it opened, The Goring is the only hotel to have been awarded a Royal Warrant for hospitality services. Given its proximity to the Buckingham Palace, the hotel was host to royalty attending the coronations of George VI and Her Majesty The Queen.
With only 69 rooms and suites, The Goring provides the ultimate luxury service standard, highly personalized, attentive, genuine and intuitive. In a dynamic luxury hotel market like London, it is remarkable how The Goring is achieving a low staff turnover thus ensuring the highest standard of training for its employees.
The Goring can also be defined as a quintessentially English luxury hotel, from the interior design and facilities, to the service. From the Linley designed Dining Room celebrating the very best of British cuisine, to the artistry of the hand-woven Gainsborough Silks which adorn the walls so gracefully, The Goring is a true masterpiece.
The interior of the hotel is beautifully complemented by The Goring Gardens – one of the largest private gardens in central London. The Gardens, as well as the Lounge Bar, provide guests with the perfect setting to enjoy the award-winning afternoon tea. At the time of my stay, the hotel was preparing for the opening of its winter season pop-up, The St Moritz Ski Bar conceived in collaboration with Swiss iconic luxury hotel Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz.
The main restaurant of The Goring, The Dining Room is headed by Executive Chef Shay Cooper. His work has been praised this year, The Dining Room earning its first Michelin star. The Goring sources fresh, high-quality ingredients from suppliers across the British Isles, from Romney Marsh lamb to fish from the Cornish coast, as part of its commitment to serving the finest British food.
The Goring has recently completed a 360 degree renovation, including all of its rooms and suites. With the renovation, The Goring has ensured its product meets the requirements of the most discerning modern-day traveler too, with the highest standard of technology – complimentary wi-fi, flat TVs, bathroom mirror TVs, individually controlled AC and mood lighting. Beds are heavenly comfortable and details such as heated marble floors in bathrooms ensure a unique luxury experience.
In terms of service, The Goring has been constantly upgrading, this year introducing the footmen for all suite guests. Footmen are on-hand to assist guests during their time at the hotel, with a much more extensive range of services than a butler.
Watch here a video preview of the newly renovated Belgravia Suite at The Goring