For seven years, Jeremy Goring has overseen the rebirth of his family’s Belgravia district hotel. The renovation was completed in March, just in time for the Goring’s 105th birthday. A favorite of the royal family (Kate Middleton spent her last night as a single woman here), the hotel hired four British design stars and an army of craftspeople to create the new look. In the whimsical lobby, wallpaper is decorated to look as if the animals from the London zoo escaped into Hyde Park. The Goring’s traditional tea service is still London’s best, but the introduction of complimentary in-room evening cocktail service may soon become the most popular perk. From $470.
This appeared in the October 2015 issue.