What We Love
- The central location, next door to Buckingham Palace and all the shops and restaurants of smart Belgravia
- Having breakfast on the Veranda overlooking the quiet garden
- Best-of-British fare served in the David Linley–designed Dining Room
- The sumptuous interiors with hand-woven carpets and silk wall hangings
- Quiet corners in the garden have wood-burning brick ovens and cozy seating
What To Know
- The Goring celebrates the good life of leisure and relaxation; those traveling on business or looking for an active social scene might be more comfortable elsewhere
- A taxi costs $80 to $100 from Heathrow
- There’s no fitness center on-site, though there’s free access to Victoria’s LA Fitness club, a three-minute walk away
- WiFi is expensive ($25 per 24 hours)
- Valet parking is available for an additional $71 per day
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Near the gates of Buckingham Palace, London’s Goring Hotel is the definition of English grace and royal refinement, with dashes of whimsy in the décor, the gardens, and the jolly smiles of the staff. The 102-year-old beauty houses 69 rooms and suites (including the one in which a certain Miss Middleton slept on the eve of her royal wedding). With the chic surrounds of Belgravia and Knightsbridge at its doorstep, the Goring strikes the perfect balance of classic and contemporary.
In the Area
In the heart of London, The Goring is within walking distance from Victoria Palace Theatre and Apollo Victoria Theatre as well as Buckingham Palace and Harrods. For a pint, it’s worth finding your way to the Grenadier, a traditional 17th-century pub hidden in swanky Wilton Mews. Tiny but chock-full of epicurean delights, Ottolenghi is pure bliss for foodies. It calls itself “the haute-couture of the food-to-go world,” and the salads, main courses and breads are perfect for a gourmet picnic in Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens. A 15-minute walk from the Goring takes you to one of the main shopping epicenters in London: Sloane Square. Start off a shopping spree by popping into Jigsaw, Whistles, or Partridge’s gourmet market.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed for just one night but loved everything about this hotel. We booked through American Express fine hotels and our room was upgraded to an executive suite upon arrival. The service is just superb. They contacted me before hand to ensure that my stay was comfortable. It’s close to some major tourist attractions and has a lovely garden in the back. I come to London frequently and hope to stay here again for a longer period of time.
Have been in London many times in many different occasions and have stayed at many of the top rated hotels London have to offer, but I have to admit The goring goes straight to the top of that list.
The afternoon tea is well known and for good reasons. More service minded staff should you look long for... and the environment is so classy, old fashioned.
It is known to be the last original family own hotel in the world. That makes it even more special.
Have a nice stay!
Ended up at the Goring dining room for an evening meal - we were perhaps the last ones to leave (signs of a great evening) :) As expected, fantastic service, food and ambiance. Shall be returning soon, this time for the afternoon tea. Very highly recommended.