Kate’s London ~ Afternoon Tea at The Goring Hotel

We’ve already talked about some of the restaurants Kate has visited in London in Kate’s London ~ Restaurants Part One and Part Two.

Recently, both of us Royal Posters were lucky to visit The Goring hotel for Afternoon Tea.  The Goring, of course, was the hotel the Middleton family booked out for three days for the wedding of William and Kate.

Here’s The Goring, all decked out for Christmas:

The Goring is located near Buckingham Palace and has been open since 1910. When it was opened, it the world’s first hotel with en suite facilities and central heating to all 69 bedrooms. How about that! Anyway, the Queen Mother loved to visit the hotel for lunch, so there’s that.

When in London, afternoon tea at any of the fine hotels is a must do. How exciting to be able to have tea at the same hotel that Kate, Pippa and the gang enjoyed! ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ at The Goring is 35GPB per person (about $55). This is pretty standard for afternoon Tea at London’s fine hotels; the cost tends to range from 30GBP to 45GBP.

We enjoyed our tea and visit to the hotel immensely. The hotel itself is gorgeous, the staff is lovely and the atmosphere at tea is elegant but relaxed.

Here are a few pics:

Mr Goring?

We took a few pics of the entrance hall as well…why not?

The doors Kate exited on April 29th...

Off the Foyer

Entrance hall

And...the washroom. Really giving you the full picture here!

We’re sorry that we don’t have proper pictures of the tea room itself. While the staff did get a picture of our wee group enjoying ourselves (they really are very accommodating), we didn’t think it was quite done to get up and start taking pictures while others were enjoying their day out….you know? Oh, and we noticed several other groups with children, and The Goring supplied them with large toy sheep, which we though was quite nice.

Just for fun, here are some pic from the wedding on April 29th…

The canopy outside the hotel to prevent early sightings of The Dress

Kate, Pippa, and Carole arrive back at the Goring on April 28th after the final rehearsal and manicures at Clarence House with Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall

The Middleton family (Carole, Pippa, James and Michael) leaving The Goring on April 30th, looking fresh and alert after the previous evenings festivities

Pippa leaving an invite-only function at The Goring, Summer 2011


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5 replies

  1. Love the china at the Goring! Such a beautiful hotel. Thanks for a great post.

  2. Great post. A must next time I’m in London. Mr. Goring looks a bit like Winston Churchill to me. Anyone else see the resemblance?

  3. What a fantastic post! Thank you for making my day delightful… your blog is truly wonderful. Keep up the good work!

  4. I couldn’t help but chuckle at the labeling underneath the picture taken of the ‘doors that Kate exited the Goring on April 29th’ as I would have done the same! Great minds think alike!! Thank you for yet another terrific post! I think your decision to not get up and take pics while others were enjoying thier tea is/was ‘spot on’ – if only more folks had this kind of head on their shoulders…


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