The Goring Belgravia
Throughout the Street from Buckingham Palace. The resort has the excellent benefit of a huge private backyard, surrounded by flower borders and shrubbery, using a central yard where croquet is played in the summertime.
Design & character10 / 10
Design wasn’t the Goring’s strong point, even though it always had humour and character (self-mocking caricatures; Noel Coward singing if you’re placed on hold; life-sized sheep in bedrooms and plastic stalls in baths; a home magazine known as the Trumpeter that is filled with pleasure). To mark its 100th anniversary, it started a programme of trendy redecoration which has only finished with the unveiling of its own fresh Front Hall, clad with hand-painted background of exotic creatures (a few caricatures of owners and staff) at a romantic English landscape. The Bar & Lounge, by Tim Gosling, is adorned in reds, yellows and stone, along with The Dining Room, by David Linley, is famous because of its love-them-or-loathe-them Swarovski ‘blossom’ chandeliers, although the garden adds a special sense of privacy and space.
Service & facilities
Crucial staff are long serving, especially the epic David Morgan-Hewitt, managing director. The beautiful Michael Beavan functions as ‘host’ (“my job description is quite easy; I do not have one. My only job is to loiter in the lobby and discover out exactly what we can do in order to make guests feel more at home”) and sets the tone to get heat, but always considerate, support. In-room champagne was replaced by free cocktails, combined in situ, and the de rigeur butler service for bundles is offered by a ‘fleet of footmen’, Downton Abbey style.
The bedrooms are redesigned within the last couple of decades, many by Russell Sage, that had been responsible to the Royal Suite that stretches the length of this construction. His bedrooms are glamorous yet comfy, decorated with Gainsborough silks on the walls. Each of the rooms have very comfortable marble baths.
Food & beverage
The Dining Room at The Goring has been given its first Michelin star in September 2015. The accolade, the primary star in the resort’s history, was given in recognition of mind fighter Shay Cooper’s ingenious cooking, depending on the greatest seasonal British produce. Shay’s elegant dishes complement the resort flawlessly and the sommeliers be certain that the blossoms are both well matched.
Worth for money9 / 10
Double rooms from #420, such as breakfast. The character and identity of the resort, along with the enveloping experience of staying here, make it worth the invoice. Free Wi-Fi.
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