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
I have been dining/drinking in The Goring hotel for over 20 years and the service in the Bar and restaurant today was a complete shambles. The Bar appears to have gone "to the dogs" since Brian Kinsella, the Bar Manager for many years, left. We had to ask for luncheon menus 3 times before they arrived. There was then a long wait for anyone to take our lunch orders. The drinks order was wrong when it eventually arrived. The champagne was served in wine glasses but we were all so fed up by this time we just did not bother to ask for the correct glasses. We did notice that champagne flutes were on the tables ready for tea!!
The new interior decor is very chic and stylish. However better trained staff and management need to up their game or the regular clientele will choose to go elsewhere.
We booked over the telephone what sounded like a wonderful trip to the Goring at a relatively good price through an offer shown on the Goring website. My husband unfortunately didn't read the email booking confirmation. When we arrived, we were asked to provide a deposit by credit card . Stupidly, neither of us noticed the hotel had charged the 'walk in' price, rather than the discounted advance rate we thought we had agreed. We paid the balance owing on checking out and only discovered our error on arriving home and reviewing the hotel invoice.
The Goring have taken what I feel is quite a lofty attitude over this issue. There is no denying that the mistake was ours but it is sad that in defending their corner they have accused my husband of lying. We may be getting on in years but we are a straight forward couple and the idea that my husband imagined a telephone conversation where he discussed booking at a reduced rate and now to be told that the conversation couldn't have happened as he recalled because the offer wasn't available at that time is insulting and unworthy of this establishment.
We had a lovely stay at the hotel and there is no complaint whatsoever about the faultless service provided.
This is only our second stay the Goring. If the hotel care to check their accounting records they will find that on our first visit the very same situation arose. On that occasion we noticed being charged a 'walk in' rate instead of an agreed reduction price on checking out . The hotel rectified the billing immediately. We thought it was a genuine error at the time and thought no more of it. I wonder now!
We've stayed twice now, and eaten in the restaurant. It is as close to faultless as any hotel can ever be. The service is impeccable and unobtrusive. The attention to detail is incredible. For example, they noticed when we were having cocktails that we were only eating one kind oif the "nibbles" they brought out, so they replenished our supply with just the one we liked! Small and on the face of it trivial but it shows the attention and service, which starts at check in and extends until you leave.
If you want a sublime luxury hotel where everything you think you might want is provided before you think you want it, the Goring is for you.
From the moment you arrive until the rather sad time when you have to leave the experience is an absolute delight. The staff seem only too happy to go to any length to ensure that you have a visit that will stay with you for years to come. And if that was not enough the food is superb.
This was our (?) 6th visit to this wonderful, family hotel and yet again we had a super stay. This time we introduced some good friends to the amazing service, food and rooms who were also very impressed.
An upgrade to a junior suite was very much appreciated and our evening meal in the dining room was exquisite, the beef wellington a highlight.
Service is unobtrusive, efficient yet friendly and this has become our go-to hotel for trips to London, frankly nowhere else compares (and we have stayed in many other 5* establishments across the capital).