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The GoringLondon

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In Three Words

  • Luxurious
  • Glamorous
  • Timeless

Best Bits for Kids

  • Cookie making
  • Goring sheep
  • Goring Passport.
Details
  • Intro
  • For Kids
  • For Adults
  • Rooms
  • Food
  • Activities
  • Top Tips
  • Map
  • Review
  • Offers

A tranquil location but set in the heart of London just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and of course made famous for being the hotel of choice for Katherine Middleton on the night before her wedding to Prince William. This is a quintessential, luxury, child friendly, country house hotel with a sense of style, personal service and immaculate attention to detail. The diminutive entrance and lobby area hides the glamorous bar, dining room and exquisite bedrooms within this historic London hotel.

The Goring is London’s last remaining family-owned hotel. Having been lovingly run for four generations, the hotel has always welcomed families with open arms.

Parents and children can expect the best when staying at The Goring. With lots of thought given to travelling with little ones, this impeccably English hotel makes every effort to make your stay straightforward, relaxing and fun.

The hotel has a good number of family rooms – pairs of interconnecting bedrooms each with its own bathroom. The beauty of these rooms is allowing you to be close to your children, yet also having enough space to unwind. 

For Kids

  • Dedicated children's programme that makes the stay even more memorable for your V.I. (little) P.s!
  • The Goring Bedtime Story Library - where your little ones can select books from a delightful collection of tales, short stories and picture books, old favourites and modern classics. There are also books left on your children’s beds when you arrive – which is great if you are late getting them to bed like we were and had a story there ready to read.
  • A gift bag is waiting for you on children’s pillows with a cuddly Baaaa-bara sheep and their personal "For Kids Eyes Only" pack. The pack includes an activity book and colouring crayons and a Goring Passport, to help keep a record of their trip and collect stamps from different areas of the hotel. This tends to be for slightly older children so 4 and above. Once the kids have completed the challenge they get a gold Goring medal. My two loved these!
  • Children are invited to visit the kitchen, don apron and chef's hat and decorate cakes or cookies (leaving Mum and Dad to relax and enjoy some time together, but alone, over Afternoon Tea!) or make mocktails in the hotel bar.
  • Before you arrive you will receive an e-mail from the concierge team asking if your children have any special likes; thus, the concierge can suggest an itinerary for your stay in London personalised for your family.
  • Each bathroom (for grown ups too!) has three gorgeous rubber ducks for bath time fun.
  • If you have a baby you will be provided with a changing mat, a basket of baby items including baby wipes, baby powder and baby sponge, nappy bags (great idea!) and baby shampoo. Also ready in the bath tub was a non-slip baby mat and baby bath. Really, really useful as the baths are huge so you would struggle to bath a baby in the bath itself. All the things you either forgot to pack or didn’t have room for!
  • Our kids loved the strawberries and meringues waiting in the room when we arrived and the box of chocolates went down a treat!
  • Just ask the concierge and they will happily go and get a bag of bread for the ducks (in St James Park just down the road in front of Buckingham Palace). The ducks were lucky the day we went they had very posh raisin bread! Our youngest ate more than the ducks I think!
  • Younger guests will find a famous Goring cuddly ‘Bar-baa-raa’ sheep of their own, as well as a ‘For Kids’ Eyes Only’ pack containing an activity book, colouring crayons and a Goring Passport to keep a personal record of their stay and to collect stamps from each area of the hotel. There is also a Bedtime Story Library to discover tales and short stories.
  • During the day, children are invited by Chef down to The Goring Kitchen to decorate their own cookies and cakes, giving mum and dad a chance to relax in The Bar & Lounge or in The Goring Gardens on a sunny day. In the evening, the ingredients for cocktails (parents) and mocktails (for the little ones) are brought up to the rooms, for a bit of mixology and fun. 

For Adults

  • Perfect location - Theatreland and the West End, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the River Thames and London Eye, as well as London’s great Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park - are all within walking distance. Perfect for little children who don’t want to walk too far and for parents who when the kids hit that “wall” are not too far to get back for bath and bed.
  • Complimentary membership at Victoria’s LA Fitness Club (three minutes’ walk away) providing swimming pool, sauna, and gymnasium. Massage treatments and fitness classes may also be booked directly with the Club.
  • The Goring has been perfecting the art of Afternoon Tea since it opened its doors a century ago. Enjoy delicate pastries, scones and sandwiches served with the finest blended and first-flush teas from around the world – topped off with a glass of Bollinger Champagne, if you wish. Guests can choose to take their tea in The Terrace overlooking the Goring Gardens, in the cosy surroundings of The Bar & Lounge or outside on The Veranda in the summer months. Afternoon Tea (in the summer this can be enjoyed al fresco in the private garden). Children are welcome at Afternoon Tea.
  • Buzzing Lounge and Bar with amazing snacks when you order a drink!
  • Gorgeous rooms! If you it is summer time you should definitely try and book the interconnecting silk balcony rooms – the terrace would be amazing to have dinner or breakfast on – with or without the kids!
  • Some time alone when the kids are making biscuits or mocktails!
  • 24-hour IT room with internet, Microsoft Office applications and printer if you must work whilst you are away!
  • With an impressive list of Champagnes, wines by the glass, remarkable spirits and cocktails, the inviting ambience of The Bar & Lounge is perfect for a light lunch, our famous afternoon tea or a relaxed evening drink in the luxurious surroundings.

Rooms

Impeccably English and perfectly individual, The Goring features 69 luxury rooms and suites, each uniquely decorated and individually designed with the finest furnishings. Each room has been individually decorated by esteemed British designers, featuring the finest furniture and sumptuous beds of the highest comfort. Many of the rooms and suites are lined with Gainsborough silk on the walls, adding a touch of opulence to these well-appointed spaces. As the last remaining family-owned luxury hotel in London, it’s renowned for its warm, intimate atmosphere and personalised service.

Some of the rooms overlook the private Goring Gardens – a rarity in London. 

For couples with a baby then Deluxe King category or higher would be the most suitable if you would like the baby in a cot in your bedroom. 

The Junior Suites are lovely too - there is no separate sleeping are but plenty of room for a cot in your room. 

For those with more children or for those parents who want a separate sleeping area, then the Delightful Family Accommodation provides the ideal space required to accommodate four guests. This is a two bedroom suite. Parents can enjoy the privacy and comfort of a separate bedroom for themselves and one for the kids, each with its own bathroom. These inter-connecting rooms allow a family or friends to enjoy the luxuries of the hotel, while providing the most practical of accommodations. You can get away from the kids when you want to do so, safe in the knowledge they are right there!

Alternatively, you can opt for an elegant Silk Room overlooking the garden – two of theseSilk Rooms can interconnect giving more space and again two bathrooms. We stayed in these rooms when we went to stay and they are glorious. Totally sumptuous – the walls are all lined in silk and they are enormous (Rooms 58 and 59). In the larger of the two (58) there is a lovely seating area with a sofa and arm chairs where we sat and chatted once the kids were asleep next door. Both rooms are very large for London standards. Again if you wanted to put the kids to bed early and order room service the rooms is easily big enough and with a lighting switch that you can choose options such as bright, calm cosy or oooh it could be perfect for a cosy night in! 

Room features

Food

The Dining Room

The Goring Dining Room is a stunning room and elegantly designed restaurant with a world-renowned afternoon tea and an opulent bar offering an irresistible selection of the finest wines, spirits and cocktails, The Goring offers stunning yet relaxed dining spaces that are popular with locals and guests alike.

Families can dine in here at any time and there is ‘Just for the Kids’ menu including kids favourites such as fish fingers and chips and bangers and mash and knickerbocker glories for pudding! There were lots of families there when we stayed with children ranging from babies to teenagers. The hotel is totally welcoming to your little ones and everyone we met were brilliant with the children.

In the luxurious setting of a five-star London hotel, The Dining Room is beautifully elegant - a place where traditional and delicious British food triumphs. The holder of Three AA Rosettes and the only Relais & Châteaux hotel restaurant in London, The Dining Room offers an impeccable yet fun dining experience, under the direction of Michelin-pedigree Executive Chef Shay Cooper. 

In addition there is the Lounge Bar with exclusive access to the private Goring Gardens which serves less bar food in a less formal environment or Afternoon Tea. 

In the summer months you can enjoy al fresco dining on the Veranda which looks out over the beautiful Goring gardens. 

Activities

London Zoo in Regents Park - the most famous Zoo in and around London.

The London Duck Tour. It's fun, it's quirky and it's different! Perfect for all ages, it's a great way to experience the sights and sounds of central London on land and river without leaving the comfort of your seat. 

Buckingham Palace (in the summer months) but you can visit the Royal Mews and see the carriages and horses at other times in the year. 

Peter Pan’s playground in Hyde Park offers a huge wooden pirate ship which is the amazing centre piece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' memorial playground. Kids love to play, explore, dash about, and let their imaginations soar in this magical space. There is a sensory trail, teepees, a beach around the pirate ship and various toys and play sculptures; all set against a lush backdrop of trees and plants. There's plenty of seating so the grownups can relax too. Inspired by the stories of Peter Pan, the playground encourages children to explore and follow their imaginations, learning whilst they play.

London Eye rises high above London's skyline at 135 metres creating the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in the world. Probably better for the older little ones!

Tower of London & Crown Jewels.

The London Aquarium.

Natural History Museum - Vast collection of minerals, plant, animal and dinosaurs and including the new Darwin Centre.

Science Museum - which is very hands on for kids with many interactive galleries.

The Big Bus’ tour which offers panoramic views from their double decker buses. Kids love buses! This is a hop on/off service and the tickets are valid for 24 hours from the initial time of boarding. The tickets also include a one way trip on the river Thames from the Tower of London to Westminster Pier. The red route is the best as they have a live guide giving a commentary.

Feed the ducks in St James’ Park.

Try the new Emirates Cable Cars from Greenwich North to Victoria Dock

For the older little ones try the 'Rib' on the Thames.

Horse Riding in Hyde Park.

Visit the newly restored Cutty Sark.

If your children are Harry Potter fans then the Harry Potter Studio Tour is a must.

For hours of free fun visit Hamleys Toy Store. There are loads of toys to play with and craft demonstrations for the kids to get involved with.

There are also loads of children's theatre on - currently child friendly shows include: Matilda, Shrek, Wizard of Oz and the Lion King. 

In the Goring's own large garden (a real rareity in London!) children love getting out and about when staying at The Goring.

Head Concierge ‘Big John’ and his team are always on hand to keep a close eye on the latest attractions for children.

Located in Belgravia – one of the most exclusive and elegant areas in London – it’s perfectly placed for spectacular sights and style. The iconic walls of Buckingham Palace border the district and nearby Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Sloane Street make for a fashionable stay. 

Top Tips

Don’t forget to ask for the bread for the ducks.

When you arrive at the hotel ask about the time for making cookies and mocktails. There are set times in the day for making these so you need to book ahead to ensure your kids don’t miss out.

If you intend to visit in the summer try and get a balcony room with the gorgeous terraces. If your children are a bit older you could easily allow your children to play croquet in the safety of the walled lawn area whilst you enjoyed a drink on your terrace as they would be in full sight at all times.

We rang down for milk for our little one and they brought it up within one minute – excellent service particularly when you have a tired out toddler ready for milk and bed!

Map

Offers

Bring The Family

From £750 per night

London is a fabulous city for children and The Goring gives its V. I (little) P.s a very warm welcome. Book two adjacent or interconnecting rooms and receive 50% off the children’s room, as well as evening cocktails (mocktails for the little ones), and breakfast for all the next morning.

Rates include VAT and accommodation for up to two adults and two children. Offer available from 12th July – 6th September and 24th October – 30th November 2015, subject to availability. 

Details:

  • Overnight accommodation for two adults and up to two children (up to age 18 years) in interconnecting or adjacent rooms – the second room is charged at 50%
  • Full English or continental breakfast each morning
  • Evening cocktails for parents and mocktails for children served in-room
  • ‘For Kids’ Eyes Only’ packs and ‘Bar-baa-raa’ sheep to take home for children
  • Unlimited free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary daily newspaper
  • Complimentary water
  • Access to a nearby health and fitness centre

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