The Goring is a family run, Edwardian luxury hotel, just walking distance from Buckingham Palace. Despite its lavish and historic roots, the Goring is known for its modern British Cuisine and award-winning Afternoon Tea.
The moment you arrive at The Goring, you are made to feel special. A man wearing a morning suit takes your coat and seats you in the lovely Terrace overlooking the private gardens.
Afternoon Tea at is served on the Goring Terrace or in the lounge, depending on availability. There is a wide selection of teas including their own Afternoon Tea blend which is a traditional afternoon tea with a three-tiered silver stand laden with sandwiches, homemade scones, and a selection of pastries.
Afternoon Tea Information
The Goring, Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW
Hours: Daily 3pm-5pm.
Cost: From under £30 per person.
Dress Code: Smart casual (no shorts).
Reservations: Call or book online
Children: Welcome. Pricing depends on age and consumption.
Music: No music.
The Terrace is a sunshine yellow room with comfortable bucket chairs and seating options for different size parties. In wintertime, the hotel tends to be less crowded, however, always call ahead (especially in summertime), as this is not always the case.
All staff is extremely courteous and, though they're always close by and available for questions, it never feels as though they're hovering or being intrusive.
There's an extensive tea selection and tea is served in large china teapots with extra hot water provided. We recommend their Silver Needle White Tea for its light and delicate flavor
For vegetarians, they offer some scrumptious finger sandwiches with unusual fillings including celeriac and cauliflower. Much better than the standard grated Cheddar cheese you might find elsewhere.
The Cake Stand
The silver three-tiered cake stand is as lovely as you would hope and staff described all of the pastries in complete detail.
The scones--fruit and plain--arrive on the cake stand which means they are not warm when you get them, but the cake stand looks amazing so it's very hard to decide which would be better. Devonshire clotted cream is served with scones. Individual jars of strawberry and raspberry Tiptree jam is available.
We recommend the walnut macaroon and a rhubarb dish which is superb.
The Traditional Afternoon Tea was priced modestly, which is an outstandingly good value for such a high standard of service, delicious food, and a beautiful view. Totally recommended.
As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary afternoon tea for the purpose of reviewing those services. While it has not influenced this review, we believe in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our Ethics Policy.