The last remaining family-owned luxury hotel in London, the Goring continues to be favoured by English royalty. Richly ornate and historical, the property excels in ‘inner circle’ weddings and elevated gastronomy. Jenny Southan reports
The Goring hotel in London’s Belgravia (not far from Victoria station) is decidedly posh. It is, after all, the only hotel in the world to have a Royal Warrant for its services to hospitality. (The Queen used to pop in quite regularly, apparently.)
That’s not to say it’s not welcoming of “commoners” though – I checked in with my wife and young daughter, and they were nothing but warm and amenable (not a given when you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community), taking delight in arranging for there to be a trunk full of dressing up clothes, a chocolate cake, cookies, toy sheep, slippers and a robe left in the room for our child. I ensured the young doorman, dressed in a red coat and tails, received a generous tip.
Weddings at the Goring
Unlike many traditional English hotels that can be fusty, dusty and pompous, the Goring is polished, fresh and keeping up with the times. I liked that it hasn’t tried to integrate lots of gimmicky technology and remains deeply proud of its connection to the royal family. Service is extremely classy, and the drinking and dining truly outstanding. As a Londoner, I have previously overlooked the Goring as a place to go for a cocktail but I will be returning in haste. The restaurant also deserves serious recognition.