The Goring is quite the hotel. It can boast (but being so British would never do so) that it is the first hotel in the world to provide guests with en-suite facilities and central heating. The hotel is a dignified staple of traditional and refined luxury and with 2020 beckoning, The Goring is ready to embrace a new era.
At check-in, with neon bleach blonde hair (don’t ask!) I had no time to change into my pre-prepared ‘Grandpa chic’ outfit, forced to adorn the check-in desk looking like a Eurovision reject. Don’t stress, I say to myself, as I look left and see John Major in the lobby. (Nul points!)
Following a swift check-in and now comfortably attired in grandpa chic, I take a tour to discover the impressive history of the hotel. Understanding for the first time the dedication that has been shown by the Goring family in upholding the property to such high standards for over a century while remaining independently owned and operated.
I felt inspired to write a few words, only I am asked to close my laptop, they are not allowed in the main bar. Using my notebook and pen only added to the old-world charm of the hotel.
The hotel was built by the current proprietor, Jeremy Goring’s great-grandfather Otto in 1910. A visionary of his time, Otto Goring turned a plot of land into what is now known as Beeston Place, taking down a few cottages and houses in the process, as one does. The Goring opened perfectly polished doors on the 2nd March 1910.
The impeccably English luxury hotel is within walking distance to Buckingham Palace. The Goring family has a long-standing relationship with the Palace both past and present. The most exclusive suite at the hotel being famously occupied by Kate Middleton before leaving for Westminster Abbey to be married. (Expect to pay around £10,000 per night to do your pre-wedding touch-ups).
The Goring is entering a new era with a team of vibrant, multicultural hospitality aficionados, some of who I had the pleasure of meeting during a dining experience at Siren, the latest addition to the hotel. Siren showcases the best of Cornish produce. Expect simple seafood dishes of understated brilliance, under the direction of the renowned British chef, Nathan Outlaw. Served overlooking the famous Goring Garden, the restaurant sits in an ornate pavilion, ensuring that the outdoor and indoor spaces are intrinsically linked throughout the seasons. A must!
With check-out pending, I was in-room, in-robe stroking one of The Goring sheep and pondering the awaited barrage of fellow-peasants on the London underground. Only Duchess for a day, you see.
Words: Lee Joseph