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
We splurged for our 30th anniversary and booked the Tudor Suite at the Gore for three nights. The room was absolutely beautiful and so spacious. The staff was helpful and kind and the food delicious. We did the Rock & Roll afternoon tea which was amazing. It's a bit of a walk to a station (15-20 minutes) if you are going into the city, but it wasn't bad. Would definitely go back to The Gore again.
A hideaway hotel in the heart of Kensington. Rooms are beautiful- we were lucky to get good size rooms. Traditional English atmosphere which we enjoyed. The hotel is close to Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Gardens. High St. Ken is ten mi it’s walk. It is also a ten minute walk to the museums (The Nat. History) and V&A. The hotel is not a touristy spot. It’s on a quiet location in Kensington.
Old, solid and traditional hotel. We had a very small room at the front of the hotel which was a bit restrictive with two people and luggage but there are bigger rooms available. Great bar which has oodles of character and charm.
Single biggest benefit is location which is 2 or 3 minutes walk from the Albert Hall