Royal favourite is a win­ner in Lon­don

Evening Times - - TRAVEL -

BUILT by Jeremy Gor­ing’s great­grand­fa­ther Otto in 1910, the fives­tar Gor­ing in Bel­gravia is the only re­main­ing ho­tel in Lon­don that is still owned and run by the fam­ily that built it.

A royal favourite, it is the venue for the Queen’s Christ­mas staff party and Kate Middleton spent the night be­fore her wed­ding here, giv­ing the pub­lic the first glimpse of her McQueen gown.

There are even ru­mours of a se­cret, un­der­ground pas­sage­way con­nect­ing the ho­tel to Buck­ing­ham Palace.

When the ho­tel opened it was widely be­lieved to the first in the world to have en suite fa­cil­i­ties and cen­tral heat­ing in ev­ery bed­room. Ex­pect a wel­come as warm as if you were a Wind­sor in the lobby, which has hand painted wall­pa­per fea­tur­ing an­i­mals, rep­re­sent­ing the staff. There are no check-in queues at this ho­tel. We were whisked into the el­e­gant lounge for tea served in fine china and al­mond cakes.

Ex­pect to sleep like a baby in fine Ital­ian li­nen amidst lov­ingly-crafted, solid ma­hogancy fur­ni­ture in rooms that mix the old with the new for un­der­stated Downton Abbey style lux­ury. In­di­vid­u­ally con­trolled air-con­di­tion­ing and mood light­ing of­fers options for bright, calm, cosy or ro­man­tic.

Siren of­fers sim­ple seafood dishes, un­der the di­rec­tion of the renowned chef, Nathan Out­law, in an el­e­gant restau­rant, over­look­ing land­scaped gar­dens. Starters av­er­age £16, while ex­pect to pay up to £56 for Dover Sole that comes with cock­les & clams, and clot­ted cream sauce.

A stone’s throw from Buck­ing­ham Palace and St James’s Park, the near­est un­der­ground stop is Vic­to­ria.

Re­cep­tion staff go straight to the bar to get us two com­pli­men­tary bot­tles of wa­ter when we streak through the lobby red-faced in sweaty run­ning clothes. All rooms come with a trade­mark toy sheep, that guests are in­vited to take home as well as a jar of Gor­ing mar­malade and we were also gifted a box of Ro­cocco choco­lates. There is also a com­pli­men­tary shoe shin­ing ser­vice.

While the Royal Suite might be out of pocket for mere mor­tals, rooms booked in ad­vance start at £315 per night. For more de­tails go to www.the­gor­ing.com/our-of­fers

CARO­LINE WIL­SON

The Gor­ing of­fers a warm wel­come for vis­i­tors

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