At a Glance
The most quintessential of English hotels
Excellent for families or couples alike
Located in Belgravia with easy access to Buckingham Palace, Knightsbridge and the West End
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.
Call us on to start planning your vacation to The Goring or take a look at our itineraries to London
The Goring is possibly London's most quintessentially British hotel, located in Belgravia and around the corner from Buckingham Palace, the Goring offers that perfect blend of old-world English charm and fantastic attentive service.
The Goring is still family owned, established by Otto Goring in 1910, and now run by Jeremy Goring over a century later. It was the first hotel in the world to offer attached bathrooms - and has always maintained a sense of innovation, ensuring it perfectly balances its Edwardian allure with all the modern amenities that you want from a luxury London hotel. All bedrooms and suites are unique, using an array of sumptuous fixtures and fittings. The Goring comes across as opulent, yet somehow understated and refined - something that is sometimes lost in newer hotels who think it is all about installing as many gold taps as they can; The Goring simply get it just right, and it feels very much like a home away from home.
The big attraction of the Goring is its delightful private interior Garden - something you simply don't get with other London hotels. Its main public areas are homely and intensely stylish - The Goring has never rested on its laurels and continually tweaks its design for modern sensibilities, whilst retaining the ambience that we have always loved. Take the Lounge Bar, a great place to sip a cocktail and grab a quick bite, a place on conviviality with just the right atmosphere. Food is traditionally British - a take on old classics using locally sourced produce. What is nice is that The Goring haven't chased after yet another celebrity chef - it is refined, understated, yet utterly delicious. It is fairly dressy in the evenings (for instance we would suggest jackets), but we all love to dress up from time to time.
The rooms have everything you want in terms of modernity from flat screen TVs with video on demand, ipod docks and the like, and you even get under floor heating in the bathrooms which is ideal when London gets a little chilly! We love the sheep-lined footstalls that are a welcome relief after walking through the sights and sounds of the city by day. If you spot a rubber duck in the bathroom, do ask the Goring staff about the story of George Goring leading a collection of ducks through the lobby - it is small quirks like that which make the Goring what it is.
There is no spa or fitness center at the Goring, but they do offer access to a nearby Fitness Club, three minutes walk away. Families are very welcome, and children get their own gift bag and there is a children's library and the garden to charge around in.
The Goring is perfect if you like old-world charm, exceptional service and an elegant, yet homely feel - it doesn't aim to be like a raft of overly stylised modern hotels, and that is the point - it is perfect just the way it is.
There are 69 rooms and suites all with air-conditioning, WiFi, Digital TV with 70 channels, video-on-demand. Each room portrays a sense of true luxury and traditional English charm. The combination of elegant, bespoke furniture, outstanding silk weaves and modern technology truly set The Goring apart from any other London hotel.
|Classic Room (Single Occupancy)|
|Superior Room / Twin Room|
|Most Splendid Garden Room|
|Deluxe Garden View||
The Splendid Garden Room is approximately 30sqm and offers one bedroom and a luxurious marble bathroom.
|The Royal Suite||
The Royal Suite is approximately 138sqm and offers two beautiful bedroom with a separate sitting room, dining room and two luxurious marble bathrooms. Guests in the Royal Suite are offered the services of a dedicated Footman, fresh flowers and handmade chocolates as well as a wide range of complimentary benefits.
The Belgravia Suite is approximately 55sqm and offers one bedroom, a separate sitting room with marble fireplace and luxurious marble bathroom. Guests in the Belgravia Suite are also offered the services of a dedicated Footman.
The Junior Suite is approximately 40sqm and offers one bedroom with a separate sitting room and luxurious marble bathroom.
Food and drink runs parallel to the phenomenal accommodation. The Goring offers a magic array of dining facilities including The Goring Dining Room, Lounge and Terrace and Lounge and Bar. All providing great British cuisine. And if a more intimate option is preferred The Goring offer a Private Dining experience as well.
Sierra Obermark (Staff)
Arriving into The Goring feels more like arriving into to the home of a friend. This is with good reason; The Goring is a family-run hotel going back three generations. Greeted warmly upon entrance, the staff will go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. The atmosphere is so calm and collected, you can't help but relax immediately amongst the hand painted walls and adorable sheep dotting the corners of many rooms. Step into the beautiful Siren restaurant and experience a deiciousl meal in the glassed in conservatory for a truly special end of the night.
At around three o clock on Tuesday morning I wake with a start and wonder where on earth I am. Not in my own bed, thats for sure. This is one so big that I am actually lying across it, with plenty of room to spare, my head sunk into one of eight perfectly plump pillows, and thats not counting the cushions with their terribly fancy fringeing.
This is not a queen bed. It is not a king bed. It is not even a super king bed. No. It is a bed that is actually fit for royalty, and possibly royalty only. It is a bed that monarchs could crawl into or gracefully step into, as they are probably more likely to do without complaint. It is a bed that seems so confused by my presence within it that I appear to have actually become one with it, and now I cant find my way out of it.
Untangling myself from the luxurious linen the sumptuous red quilt, the cream quilt underneath that, and then, finally, the duvet I eventually stumble disorientated to the bathroom where I am confronted by the Lake Victoria of bath tubs. Where is my leaking shower, my pile of laundry, and why have my Boots products been replaced with Molton Brown? I turn to the gigantic mirror over the his and hers sinks I seem to have suddenly acquired and rub my eyes, remembering where I am: the Goring hotel, just across the street from Buckingham Palace.
And its just as well, really, that the whole shebang is so luxurious, because it is strongly rumoured that in a couple of months, this establishment will play host to the Royal wedding celebrations. The men on the door in their bowler hats are too discreet to say, obviously, as are the waiters in the bar who wear bow-ties, but you cant book any of the 71 rooms during the weekend of the nuptials and it is rumoured that Kate Middleton will spend her final night as a commoner here, before jumping in the car for the short journey to Westminster Abbey. After the ceremony, it is also said that at least part of the reception will take place at the Goring. Not surprisingly, the hotel are saying nothing.
And so it is that I find myself with the 'challenging task of spending a night at the five star hotel. Its a two minute walk from Victoria station, a transport hub that makes Dantes circles of hell look like Disneyland, but youd never know it once youre inside. To walk through the doors opened for you, of course is to be transported back to a time when men called you m'am and hotels gave you actual keys as opposed to flimsy bits of plastic that you always lose within half an hour of checking in. As I stand with my bags at my feet I exist in a universe free of double dip recessions and Coalition governments, though I imagine a fair few members of the Tory party have dined here in their time (Winston Churchill used to be in here a lot, visiting his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, who sensibly took it upon herself to move in to the premises in 1919).
Anyway, what I mean to say is that it is all so fabulously old-fashioned that one could quite forget the worries of the world over tea in the hotel and another Goring fact is that Anthony Powell created his heroine, the Hon Angela Goring star of his series, A Dance to the Music of Time while doing just that.
It was opened by Otto Richard Goring in 1910, and it is a matter of great pride that it is still in the family almost 101 years later. Back then a room cost 7s 6d, or 37 pence, and each one came with an en-suite bathroom, which made it the first hotel in the world to be able to boost such luxury. Today you can get a Delightful Queen room for 410, or stick yourself in the Belgravia suite for 1,525. My room or, to give it its proper title, The Most Splendid Silk Room, because this is a place for proper titles is roughly the same price a night as my mortgage is a month.
William and Kate could not have chosen a hotel with a better royal pedigree. Queen Mary frequently came for tea with her Lady in Waiting, who lived here. The Norwegian Crown Prince came to stay for the Coronation of King George VI, explaining that at Buckingham Palace I have to share a bath with five people. Here I have one to myself. The King and Queen and their daughters celebrated the end of the Second World War with sausages and scrambled eggs here, while our current Queen used the Gorings pastry chefs to bake Prince Charles christening cake. During her coronation the hotel was used as an annexe to Buckingham Palace, where foreign royalty could stay.
All of which you dont get at a Travelodge. Also not to be found at the average hotel: a bar where the staff serve you canapes every half an hour. I dont think it is the done thing to take five mini shepherds pies off the serving plate, but I do it anyway. Would you like a napkin? asks the elegant waitress, but I am too busy gobbling back food to answer.
So yes, the pattern of my stay soon becomes clear: I think about what Kate Middleton would do, and then I promptly do the opposite. For one night only, I am Eloise! I cant picture Kate jumping up and down on the bed in excitement, or cooing over the rubber ducks that the hotel have kindly provided. Nor can I imagine her, as she checks out on the morning of her wedding, swiping all the toiletries for her gym kit at work. But you never know; she may have a naughty side.
And if she does, she is going to love the lighting, which has four settings: 'bright, 'calm, 'cosy and 'ooh!. The last of these simply begs to be pressed, at which point I discover what the 'ooh! button does. It is a sex light. And so naturally I stick it back to 'cosy.
Later, I realise that the walls are cushioned with silk. It is like being in the most luxurious padded cell the world has seen. Perfect practice, then, for life as a Royal.
A day in Oxford
There is so much to see in wonderful Oxford - this is 'the city of dreaming spires' and your private guide will show you the highlights. Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is packed with history and stunning architecture.
A day in the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are rural England at its best, and a day spent exploring the ancient, honey-colored limestone villages of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, set amongst rolling sheep-dotted hills, stone-walled fields and country inns is simply magical.
A Royal tour of London
Rub shoulders with royalty and discover the world of the British Monarchy. With your private guide, explore London and learn about all things royal, from official residences to coronations and weddings throughout history.
Afternoon tea cooking class
A traditional pastime throughout Britain, afternoon tea is a luxurious treat. In this cooking class, learn how to create an authentic afternoon tea and take your new-found skills home to enjoy this delicious tradition with family and friends.
Best of Borough Market cooking class
London's Borough Market dates back 1,000 years and in this unique experience you'll have the chance to learn about this fascinating site before rolling up your sleeves and trying your hand at cooking a selection of dishes, fresh from the market.
A masterpiece of eighteenth century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
Borough Market tasting tour
Discover the delights of Borough Market, the oldest food market in London with a rich history dating back 1,000 years. With your private guide, meet the artisans that make this market and learn about the wide variety of produce on offer.
Christmas Markets in London
London is a great place to spend Christmas and there's an ever-growing number of Christmas markets, large and small, that take place in the city. Get into the Christmas spirit with mulled wine, seasonal fayre and hand-crafted presents.
Explore Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon
On the banks of the River Avon and just to the north of the Cotswolds, lies the home of the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Discover where the Bard was born and raised, and admire the beautiful Tudor architecture of the town.
Hampton Court Palace
Henry VIII's lavish royal residence, Hampton Court Palace dates back hundreds of years and is an emblem of the Tudor reign. Your private guide will lead the way, teaching you about the infamous Henry VIII as you explore his majestic palace.
Harry Potter's Oxford & Studio Tour
Leave the land of Muggles behind and discover the real-life sets of Hogwarts, hidden throughout beautiful Oxford. After exploring the city, enter the magic of the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio for a chance to see the props and sets from the films.
Highclere Castle - The real Downton Abbey
Made famous worldwide by the television phenomenon, Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is home to The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
Inside Savile Row
James Bond, Winston Churchill, The British Royal family — this is where the rich and famous throughout history have bought their clothes.
London like a Local
Experience the great city of London like a local with one of our top hand-picked Blue Badge Guides, as you explore the capital by bus, underground train, boat and on foot. You’ll beat the traffic and have a great insight into what makes London tick.
London with a private art expert
One of the finest cities in the world for art, London has an impressive collection of galleries and exhibitions just waiting to be explored. An art historian will join you for an insightful tour of your favorite style at one of these fantastic museums.
Private photography experience
Create lasting memories of your vacation with an exclusive private photography experience. With the help of a professional photographer, capture the perfect moment while you enjoy your romantic break, family vacation or honeymoon.
Stonehenge and Bath day trip
For a chance to see two of Britain's oldest sites, take a day to visit Bath and Stonehenge. Your private guide will lead you around both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, explaining the history of each and showing you beautiful countryside along the way.
The Golden Age of Travel on board the British Pullman
Enjoy a fabulous journey on board the Belmond British Pullman, traveling through Kent, the garden of England as you tuck in to a delicious five-course lunch. Take in the scenic views, enjoy a glass of champagne and relax on this luxurious vintage train.
The real Sunday roast cooking class
A staple of British cuisine, learn how to perfect the art of the Sunday roast in this unique cooking class. Join an expert chef and, using local produce, discover the techniques required to create the most delicious roast dinner.
The Seasons of Borough family cooking class
Explore the wonders of Borough Market, home to a fantastic selection of local British produce. The ideal family experience, here adults and children alike will learn about using seasonal ingredients and create healthy, delicious dishes together.
Tower of London & St Paul's Cathedral on foot
Discover two of London's most interesting landmarks with your private guide, who will teach you about the fascinating history of each. See the Crown Jewels at the Tower before hopping on an iconic red London bus to the breath-taking St Paul's Cathedral.
The city of Cambridge lies on the River Cam and is home to the world famous University of Cambridge and the exquisite architecture of its buildings.
Warwick Castle is a medieval castle dating back to 1068 and originally built by William the Conqueror then developed over time, Warwick Castle now houses a collection of armoury to rival that on display at the Tower of London.
The oldest continually occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle is used as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's main home to this day. As you explore the majestic castle your private guide will tell you all about its 900-year royal history.
Your free time in London - Scott Dunn suggests
London is a sprawling metropolis, and one of the world's busiest and most vibrant cities, but after spending a few days exploring, you can really get under its skin. With a new adventure around every corner, a stay in London will be truly action-packed.
London to Venice on board the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
London & Venice
from $10900 pp 7 nights
- A trip on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express is one of the most luxurious ways to travel
- Explore the bustling streets of London and visit some of the city's most iconic sights
- Passengers enjoy an array of stunning views as the train travels through breath-taking Alpine scenery
Location & directions
Located right in the center of London, next to the gardens of Buckingham Palace, The Goring is ideally located and within easy reach of the Royal Parks & the West End.