Impeccably English with a subtle streak of wit and wonder. Opened in 1910, it is grand and dignified but never takes itself too seriously, possessing what so many smart hotels lack: a sense of humour. Where else does Noël Coward sing Mad Dogs & 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, 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 £800

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Hotel room with large windows and green curtains