Next year, The Goring in London celebrates its centenary. For Jeremy Goring, the fourth Goring to run it, those celebrations will be all about family, staff and guests. It is now the only five-star hotel in London that is still owned and run by the family that built it. As The Goring approaches its centenary, it is already in the limelight. This year alone it has been awarded the Catey for "Best Independent Hotel" and readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine in the U.S. voted it as having the "Best Service in the U.K.".
Over the past five years, Jeremy Goring has been investing in the fabric of the hotel, first overseeing the transformation of the Dining Room by David Linley and the refurbishment of rooms and suites by designers Tim Gosling and Nina Campbell. A new afternoon tea veranda has been added, overlooking the hotel's very private gardens. Last year, Gosling came back to give the Bar, Lounge and Terrace a theatrical and silk-lined new look. Finally, this year saw the redesign of many of the largest rooms in the hotel, overlooking the garden, by Russell Sage, using historic silks specially rewoven for The Goring by the Royal Warrant holders, Gainsborough. The hotel will operate a year-long calendar of centenary celebrations. For more information, visit

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- As a special birthday treat to Explorateur readers, The Goring are offering an exclusive 2 night break. For only GBP £499, stay for 2 nights at The Goring in a Delightful King Room, enjoy an early dinner* in the award-winning Goring Dining Room on one night, and a full English breakfast both mornings of your stay. VAT is included. Valid for travel 1 Jan - 11 Apr 2010.