Sorry, I’ve been a little bit quiet on here, sometimes life takes over and last weekend was a very special one!
I stayed at The Goring Hotel with my family, the night before my dad’s Investiture. He’s just been awarded an OBE for services to education, and I’m a very proud daughter!
Anyway, to mark the occasion, we celebrated at one of the UK’s most exclusive hotels. Founded in 1910 by Otto Richard Goring, The Goring is a five-star luxury hotel, which is still run by the family now.
It is perhaps best known for hosting the Middletons, the night before the Royal Wedding of Kate and William. In 2013, it became the only hotel to be granted a Royal Warrant for hospitality services. A stay fit for a queen!
The Goring sits in Victoria, just across the road from Buckingham Palace, where we were headed the following morning. It was a perfect location for any London stay.
The building is so incredibly central yet, as soon as you are welcomed inside by the Goring’s top-hatted doormen, the hotel is a tranquil and elegant haven, away from the bustle of London’s streets. Despite having a room facing the road, we had no problems with sound!
When you enter, you’re overwhelmed by the glamorous front hall, covered in beautiful hand-painted wallpaper featuring exotic creatures and landscapes. I loved the classic art-deco lift, with a moving arrow to mark each floor.
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The stunning Fromental wallpaper, featured in The Front Hall of The Goring, took four artists almost eight weeks to paint. Entertaining portrayals in the wallpaper include two imposing walruses, in full jewelled splendour, which represent OR Goring and OG Goring, the founder of the hotel and his son. #thegoring #luxuryhotel #london #luxury #fromental #russellsage #wallpaper #design #interiordesign #goringhistory
The Goring has only 69 rooms and suites, each one with a unique style. We had adjoining rooms for the whole family. I preferred our twin room, with large mirrors, high beds and, of course, the signature Goring “sheep”.
There’s a little story behind the flock of iconic Goring Sheep you can spot dotted all over the hotel.
After guests commented that staying at the sleepy hotel in quiet Belgravia was like a stay in the country, Mr Goring bought a wooden sheep with sheepskin fur to put in the lounge.
It proved so popular, that the hotel adopted more sheep and they’re now a theme throughout the hotel. My favourite touch is that every guest receives a tiny fluffy sheep, placed on their pillow, to take home. I called mine Windsor!
This attention to detail is The Goring’s forte.
Embroidered white robes, glossy magazines and complimentary chocolates wrapped in Union Jack packaging — the decor is elegant, quirky and oh so British.
The beds are large, cosy and warm, with a choice of firm or fluffy pillows and additional blankets.
The bathroom is marble, with a bath, walk-in waterfall shower and underfloor heating. The experience was made complete with classical music playing through speakers – perfect for a relaxing soak.
During our stay, the service was impeccable, with every member of staff bending over backwards to ask if you need anything. There was a huge effort to make you feel as if you staying were on your own (super posh) home, that you belonged in this amazing place.
My favourite service at The Goring is ‘cocktail hour’ where a footman comes to your room and prepares you an early evening cocktail, as you dress for dinner. We had Gin Martinis. Yum.
In the morning, we enjoyed breakfast in the Dining Room which was a brightly lit area featuring shiny Swarovski ‘blossom’ chandeliers. We were offered a choice of pastries from a basket, brought around by waiters every ten minutes (I could get used to that!), and offered a newspaper to read.
Then, we were served a cold course followed by a cooked course. I had berries to start, so tasty and fresh, followed by a full English breakfast which was cooked to perfection. The scrambled eggs with salmon also looked divine! I’d love to return for their traditional Afternoon Tea.
Our stay at The Goring was a hugely special occasion and the staff made every effort to make it so. I definitely recommended it for anybody wishing to experience a slice of traditional British heritage, with a luxury feel. I would go back every night if my bank balance allowed!
Double or twin rooms start at £336 per night and you can book them here