The Gore – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- Homemade compotes at the breakfast buffet
- Bar 190, the hotel’s hush-hush cocktail lounge
- Boudoir-inspired suites, which include a tribute to a former celebrity guest, Judy Garland
- Original 150-year-old Victorian floor tiles
What To Know
- This is one of the closest hotels to Kensington Palace
- The Rolling Stones once held a launch party here
- The property’s original owners were descendants of British explorer James Cook
- The hotel’s French restaurant is a popular pre-theater dinner spot for guests of nearby Royal Albert Hall
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Antiques-filled South Kensington hideaway with boudoir-inspired suites, near Kensington Palace
London’s most prestigious pocket forms the idyllic backdrop to this grand stucco mansion. As a hotel that was once built to house the flocks attending the city’s 1851 World Fair—an exhibition of cutting-edge inventions that lured luminaries like Charles Darwin and Charlotte Brontë—this Hyde Park haven perfectly preserves Victorian-era grandeur, which lives on through its red-carpeted staircases and rare replicas of Queen Victoria portraits. More meditative nook than mingling space, the stately lobby is a contemplative cocoon filled with vintage recliners and heavy wooden bookcases. For socializing, you’ll want to choose from the aforementioned bar, a wood-paneled watering hole lined with velvet porter chairs, cozy booths, and rock-and-roll paraphernalia, or the more buttoned-up 190 Queen’s Gate, where Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche serves rustic British fare with the occasional French cameo (a tribute to his own heritage). Rooms are an eccentric blend of bygone charm, combining heavy-roped drapes, gilded mirrors, and four-poster beds with of-the-moment amenities like gratis WiFi, an in-room smartphone equipped with unlimited international calls, and, if you’re lucky, a bijou balcony that gazes onto Kensington’s leafy streets.
In the Area
The hotel’s own vintage afternoon tea service, one of the city’s most acclaimed, draws crowds for its especially refined spin on the traditional ritual, featuring brews by Camellia’s Tea House. South Kensington’s world-class museums (the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and V&A) are within a stone’s throw of The Gore, as is the Serpentine Gallery, a Zaha Hadid-designed space dedicated to free modern and contemporary art exhibitions. As if that’s not enough, Royal Albert Hall, one of England’s most treasured buildings, is practically in the hotel’s tony backyard. Visit during the eight-week summer season, aka The Proms, often dubbed the world’s most democratic musical festival.
How to Get There
Having been delayed we arrived at 0200 and checked in. On day 2 I spoke with management about the siting of our room and it was changed. The staff were superb throughout, extremely responsive and very friendly. Our three night stay was fantastic and we would not hesitate to return to the Gore on our next visit.
Really nice room, fantastic service. Close to both Circle line and District line, and close to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park and Royal Albert Hall. Only thing to complain about is their eggs for breakfast.
I'll be back for sure.
We booked here as our usual hotel was fully booked, and we wanted to be near to the Royal Albert Hall. What a find! We arrived by car, and were lucky that there was plenty of overnight on street parking, and disabled parking nearby. On checking in, we were upgraded to the Tudor Suite - what a treat! Everything about our stay was superb. The suite was amazing - I don’t think my jaw has ever dropped on entering a hotel room, but it did here. We had the pre-theatre dinner which was lovely and very good value. Breakfast was excellent, and the staff were so friendly and welcoming. We had a drink in the hotel bar after the concert at the Albert Hall, and it’s a lovely cozy bar, with a good range of cocktails and drinks. Everything about our stay felt so special, and even though we ended up at the Gore by chance, we’ll definitely be back. Highly recommended!