The Bar and Lounge At The Goring

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The Bar and Lounge At The Goring

A bust of the Queen Mother grins beside the entrance to the bar in this superlative London hotel. The famously thirsty old royal was apparently a regular here, and you can see why: a gin and Dubonnet next to the fire would feel like drinking in Downton Abbey, such is the Edwardian opulence. Deep red walls with leather inlays, bell jar lampshades, wingback chairs and exquisite spot lighting make for a sumptuous experience, and flawless service from besuited waiters makes the experience even more special.

All this alone would make for a five-star tipple, but there’s more – a terrace looks out over the large manicured garden, a peacefully secluded square that feels a world away from the racing traffic around Victoria.

The bar gets busy in the evenings, due in no small part to the extensive bar food menu, which could never be called good value but provides high-end supper options like glazed lobster omelette and posh club sandwich to affluent Belgravians.

The drinks list isn’t as sophisticated as in some other top London hotels, but the largely older crowd are looking for refinement, not excitement. The Goring bar provides it in abundance.

By: Euan Ferguson


Venue name: The Bar and Lounge At The Goring
Address: The Goring
Beeston Place
Opening hours: Open 10.30am-11.30pm daily.
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Me and my friend wanted to go to the Goring's winter pop-up, however the dates were not advertised on the website, so we ended up going there before it was even opened for the season. We settled for the regular lounge bar, but what a discovery that was! Such a stunning luxurious setting, definitely ideal for a special occasion. Kind staff, interesting selection of cocktails and prices similar to what you would pay at most upmarket bars and clubs in Central London.

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Glorious, old-school refinement at the Goring. We went on a dark winter day, where a drink by the fire was what exactly what was called-for. Impeccable service from the moment you enter the hotel, a good wine list and bar food. The Goring is also an excellent option for afternoon tea. 

Spend a few hours here last night before and after attending the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The service was impeccable, the staff were extremely attentive and you always felt look after without you feeling as if the staff were hovering just behind you. The wine list was extensive, but the house white of either Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc were both delicious. The bar food itself is very tasty, well priced and served in a relax atmosphere. This really is a place to come and relax and hide away from the hustle and bustle. Plus its two mins from Victoria!