The Royal’s favourite hotel in Belgravia
London’s Goring hotel is the Royal choice
The closest luxury hotel to Buckingham Palace, The Goring has been a firm Royal favourite for many years and is the only hotel with a Royal Warrant for hospitality services. Since 1910, every reigning monarch has walked through the hotel’s doors.
The Goring’s associations with King Charles reach as far back as 1948 when The Goring’s pastry chefs supplied a cake for Prince Charles’ Christening. More recently, in 2008 the
crowned heads of Europe enjoyed a luncheon at The Goring for Prince Charles’ Birthday celebrations. And we all saw images of the Goring beamed across the world as it was the hotel Kate Middleton (as she was then known) stayed in the night before her wedding to Prince William.
Here is the inside information on the best rooms in this elegant abode.
Royal Suite (Room 118) Jeremy Goring, CEO
“My favourite room is the Royal Suite. I was staying at the house of a friend who woke me up in a panic to show me the front page of The Sun. There we were. Apparently, we were disrespecting our neighbours with a painting I had commissioned for the guest bathroom of the suite (which is a proper crapper); it features HM Queen Elizabeth (the 1st) with a very subservient courtier kissing her hand. The courtier is Blackadder, and a Sun secret agent had infiltrated our building crew and photographed it. The Sun thought it was treason and therefore national news… it’s nice to get some attention now and then! And it is a fabulous suite overlooking the gardens with its own full-length balcony, and the most incredible touches throughout.”
Junior Suite (Room 98) David Morgan-Hewitt, Managing Director
“Junior Suite 98 is my favourite room – because it is flooded with light and looks down onto our beautiful gardens behind the hotel. The white Gainsborough Silk which covers the walls was rewoven specially for this suite from a design used across the road at Buckingham Palace. The pale green reveals on the curtain swags provide a delicate punch of colour – a subtle nod to the gardens beyond. A fabulous surprise is the hand painted wallpaper in this room’s bathroom which is stunning. Fish, frogs and other sea creatures in monochrome can be seen dancing around the marble.”
Belgravia Suite (Room 54) Michael Voigt, General Manager
“Belgravia Suite 54 is one of the largest suites in the house and my favourite suite. The most beautiful burgundy red Gainsborough Silk hangs in the bedroom, specially designed for The Goring with a Chinese motif. There is plenty of space in the separate adjoining sitting room, complete with its original fireplace. In this suite’s bathroom, nothing beats the TV at the end of the tub and watching your favourite film whilst sipping Ruinart Blanc de Blancs bubbles.”
Classic Room (Room 72) John Andrews, Head Concierge
“Quiet and comfortable is how I would describe my favourite room at The Goring, room 72. This Superior Room is wonderfully decorated with Gainsborough Silk on the walls, making it feel grand yet homely. Some of the silks used throughout the hotel are a match for those in the First Class Dining Room of RMS Titanic 1912 whilst others match The Throne Room in Buckingham Palace. I also love this room as it boasts both a bathtub and a separate shower – how luxurious.”
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