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
- 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.
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Another stay and standards are exceptional. From arrival to departure, everything was perfect and delivered with renowned flair. It is always a pleasure to stay at this beautiful hotel and I thoroughly recommend the experience
Lunch was ok , beware small portions , good quality but small servings , thought the days of painted plates were over ! The cheese serving was almost laughable in its tiny portions .Very relaxed service had to chivvy service along ! Both in ordering and service at table . The place has the air of a country house hotel , charming decor , helpful
Staff but we felt the prices should have been reflected in bigger portions . Quality of food was good . Extensive wine list but very much london prices plus . All in all a pleasant experience but you will not get out without a sizeable bill .
Every detail is catered for in what is a restaurant that makes you feel special. Beautiful eggs drumkilbo followed by a creamy lobster omelette and the best service with waiters in and out of our private room checking on everything. Our compliments to the chef and his team!
Visited for drinks with friends before heading out for dinner. The staff in this hotel are simply the best. They are consistent you always see the same faces and they are always pleased to see you. Service in the bar is great, eats at cocktail time delicious the atmosphere is relaxed. It is a place we always head for.
This is indeed a very fine hotel. You might describe it as a cross between a gentleman's club and a country house hotel.
The style and decor are somewhat retro but beautifully kept and my bedroom had every modern amenity; the quietness in central London was quite remarkable. The dining room at The Goring is light and airy and there too the attention to detail is excellent. We didn't dine there but the breakfast was impeccable with the requested vegetable omelette baveuse and the smoked salmon and scrambled egg served perfectly cooked.
Probably the most notable aspect of the hotel is the staff. They are friendly, polite and absolutely correct; there is nothing stuffy about The Goring. The ratio of staff to guests must be colossal. I stood in the foyer with sight of the bar and corridor to the dining room and counted 19 members of staff.
The hotel boasts an open-air terrace overlooking a delightful garden - I ask you, a garden in central London. The hotel is within walking distance of Westminster and Buckingham Palace, plus Piccadilly, Bond Street and Trafalgar Square are within easy striking distance.
Is there anything negative to say about The Goring. Well........ few places are absolutely perfect. So there is, of course, the London traffic. The bread on my lunchtime smoked salmon sandwich hadn't been made that morning and the multiplicity of towels in the bedroom are ready for renewing as they're becoming a touch abrasive. Don't let that detract from a lovely experience.