The Goring – Belgravia, SW1
Opened in 1910 and still in the same family, The Goring is gloriously British. But although it’s a grand, dignified institution, it never takes itself too seriously, possessing what so many smart hotels lack: a sense of humour. Where else does Noël Coward sing Mad Dogs and Englishmen while your call is being connected? Its rooms are world-renowned as some of the most luxurious in the city, pairing great comfort with undeniable wow-factor glamour. The Royal Suite’s master bedroom walls are lined with the same silk that graced the first class dining room of RMS Titanic in 1912, while the silk in the bathroom is a match for that adorning the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace. Its huge private garden – larger than Wimbledon’s Centre Court – is The Goring’s secret glory. An exquisite floral oasis, over which many of the rooms and suites look out, it’s a soothing haven amid London’s hubbub, perfect for a glass of wine or a bite to eat, while the Michelin-starred Dining Room restaurant remains a favourite address for the finest fine dining. Head to the elegant Goring Cocktail Bar for an after-dinner digestif, accompanied by the live pianist.
Doubles from £485
+44 (0)20 7396 9000; thegoring.com