trivago knows everything about... The Goring

By , 31st July 2015

Have you ever dreamt of living like royalty for a day? The Goring is arguably one of the most prestigious hotels in Britain and offers guests just that – a royal experience. Boasting more than a century of dedicated personalised service, the hotel remains a stalwart of British society to this day.

There, you can expect to be waited on hand and foot, dine in sumptuous splendor and sleep in luxurious suites fit for a queen. Situated in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, it’s no wonder The Goring treats its guests with such flair.

We spoke to The Goring’s friendly staff and asked them about the famous hotel. They’ve given us some insider information on which rooms have the best view, the best cocktails, their favourite dessert and even some quirky historical facts.

In the first installment of our trivago knows everything about… series, we aim to find out all the things you never knew about your favourite hotels.

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Rooms and Suites

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Offering some of the most luxurious accommodation in London, each of The Goring’s 69 rooms are individually designed to capture the essence of chic British style. With a range of lavish rooms and suites available guests are sure to feel like royalty during their stay.

All rooms are fitted with hand-crafted furniture, striking silk-lined walls and lavish marble bathrooms whilst being paired with all the modern comforts you’d expect from a grand hotel. In addition a number of the hotel’s rooms and suites boast dramatic views of Buckingham Palace, The Goring’s private garden and Belgravia’s skyline.

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The Splendid Garden Rooms are a personal favourite of The Goring’s Hotel Manager, Stuart Geddes. The rooms offer peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of London and also have spectacular views of The Goring’s meticulously manicured gardens. We highly recommend that you to begin your morning by taking an early breakfast on your balcony – the perfect start to your day in London.

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If you’re planning a truly a decadent experience, book a stay in one of The Goring’s sumptuous suites. The Royal Suite is where the Duchess of Cambridge and the Middleton family famously stayed the night before the Royal Wedding in 2011. Commissioned by Jeremy Goring to mark the hotel’s centenary celebrations, the spacious two-bedroom suite runs the length of the top floor and boasts large French windows that open up onto a large private balcony.

Guests staying in either The Royal Suite or the Belgravia Suite are treated the ultimate luxury accessory – a handsome footman. Under the watchful eye of Head Concierge John Andrews, or ‘Big John’ as he’s affectionately known, Goring footmen are trained to highest standard and prides themselves on their dedicated service.

Fine Dining

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The Dining Room at The Goring is a must for any gourmet-food lover. The exquisite setting is in itself worth a visit but the delectable menu will ensure you stay seated. Under the expert skills of Michelin-pedigree Executive Chef Shay Cooper, the restaurant’s menu is a celebration of British produce and the hotel’s culinary talents.

The Dining Room’s menu draws its influences from every corner of Britain. Whether it’s the Norfolk quail, Scottish lobster, or Suffolk Pork, you’ll be sure to savour every morsel of this delicious British fare. With restaurant services running from breakfast through to the evening, each Goring menu offers something new and exciting to entice guests.

The Goring’s famous Eggs Drumkilbo, which were a favourite of the Queen Mother, are featured as a starter on the evening menu, whilst the traditional Beef Wellington is served on a silver carving tray in front of guests – adding flare to an already outstanding service. For dessert, we thoroughly recommend the delicious Lemon Surprise – once tapped open, it releases an indulgent lava of passion fruit and chocolate.

For those looking to add a hint of luxury to a budget weekend break, why not try The Goring’s Pre-Theatre Dinner Menu? A two-course meal is £33.00 per person and gives everyone the chance to experience Goring’s impeccable personal service.

The Goring’s impeccably crafted Afternoon Tea service is a must for any ladies who lunch. The hotel has perfected the art of this British institution since opening its doors more than a century ago. Guests are treated to delicate pastries, scones and sandwiches which are washed down with a cup of The Goring’s signature tea blend.

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Bar and Lounge

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The Goring’s Bar and Lounge is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail in hand after a hard day hitting the streets of Belgravia. The hotel’s bar is the last bastion of true English service. Exuding an effortless class that’s a rarity these days, guests are immediately transported to a different world upon entering this classical bar.

Offering a wide-range of reserve malt whiskeys, vintage Champagnes, a vast selection of wines and delectable cocktails, guests are sure to find something to quench their thirst.

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Bar Manager and proud Irishman Brian Kinsella creates a signature Goring cocktail for each season. This summer Brian has created a refreshing Elderflower Martini – the perfect accompaniment to a sunny evening. But if elderflower isn’t to your taste, we highly recommend the Sloe Blush cocktail. This tasty digestif is created using a combination of Gordan’s Sloe Gin, Martini Rosso, apple juice, Campari, raspberry cream and a lemon twist.

The hotel also offers guests the chance to recharge in their perfectly manicured private garden – one of the largest in London. Unknown to many, The Goring Gardens once featured a beautiful pond which was frequented by the neighbouring royal ducks. However over time, the ducks preferred to call The Goring home rather than the Royal Parks and so the pond was removed. Now tiny rubber ducks are placed in many of the hotel’s rooms and suites as homage to our feathered friends.

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Travelling with little ones can sometimes prove challenging however The Goring manages to take the stress out of holidaying with youngsters. The superior family accommodation with adjoining rooms are the ideal solution for any family on-the-go.

Younger guests are treated with the utmost care and attention. Upon arrival, children are given a For Kid’s Eyes Only surprise pack. This inventive gift contains activity books, crayons and even a special Goring passport which allows guests to keep a personal record of their stay in London.

Young aspiring cooks are also invited to The Goring’s kitchen, where they can don a chef’s hat and decorate some delicious cakes and chocolate chip cookies.

New parents will even be greeted by a specially created Goring basket, filled with lotions, creams, changing mats and bath toys. There’s also a fully stocked library specially dedicated to bedtime stories. Parents can choose from a collection of story books, fables and children’s classics to lull little ones to sleep.

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Explore

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With such close proximity to Buckingham Palace, The Goring enables guests to explore London’s Royal history with ease. A visit to the palace’s State Rooms is a must for any Anglophile. Visitors are guided through the plush State Rooms and Palace Ballroom which have been transformed for the summer opening and decorated in gilded silver settings from George IV’s Grand Service.

No-one does pomp and ceremony quite like the British and in London there’s no better example of exuberant pageantry than the Changing of the Guard. The ceremony normally lasts about 45 minutes and usually takes place daily at 11:30 from April to July and on alternate days for the rest of year.