When staying at The Gore Hotel in London, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are your neighbours as this century-old hotel nestles pretty close to the Kensington Palace, the official residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Since its opening in 1892, this boutique hotel with 50 well-appointed rooms has been a preferred destination for guests who cherry-pick to enjoy a privileged status while spending time in the British capital city for leisure or business.
Where is The Gore Hotel
Tucked among the upmarket hotspots of Kensington and Knightsbridge, this characteristically English residence is surrounded by opulent white stucco terraces and is close to Royal Albert Hall and London’s Museum Quarter where you will find the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum and the National History Museum.
Next door Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park provides a pleasant ‘green-scene’ and fresh air, while close-by Harrods, the world’s most celebrated departmental store, has delights for elite shoppers.
What’s the decor like?
Although The Gore’s location is a major drawcard, this historic property has much more in its menu card to impress guests, most significant being its generous Victorian style, marked throughout its entire premises from the reception and lobby to the bar, dining room and living quarters.
The red carpeted slim staircase, the coloured floor tiles, thick ornamented curtains covering the windows, large paintings decorating the wall space, leather arm chairs and the bookcase in the library filled with selected samples of English literature create an elegant and stylish old world atmosphere.
What about the rooms at The Gore Hotel?
Some rooms are a bit small but well decorated with period furniture, paintings and modern fittings displaying a perfect blend of old and new format.
The bathrooms are small but provide everything required by modern day travellers, the toiletries supplied being of good quality.
The ornate featured beds and pillows are comfortable for a good night’s sleep.
The wardrobe includes bathrobes and slippers and all linen and towels are of high order.
A famous bar
The hotel has a bar and a dining restaurant. Both are popular among guests and Londoners, particularly as a venue to drop in before or after a performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
With very intimate and cosy surroundings, ‘Bar 190’ is an ideal evening place to unwind and chill out; its cocktail menu being pretty popular.
This bar became world famous after Rolling Stones launched their ground-breaking album ‘Beggars Banquet’ there in 1968.
What about the food?
The iconic restaurant, ‘190 Queen’s Gate’ where breakfast is served in the morning, offers a unique menu created by Michelin-star French Chef, Daniel Galmiche.
He presents an exclusive menu showcasing his authentic French cookery with a British twist and locally sourced ingredients.
This restaurant is well known also for its ‘Afternoon Tea’, an age-old English tradition still continuing with elegance.Finally, it’s the impeccable service and friendliness of all hotel staff that brings the ultimate difference and makes the stay memorable for every guest.
The Gore Hotel (190 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London, SW7 5EX, +44 (0) 20 7590 6725) is a member of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts group and aptly fits in with their high standards.
Sandip Hor stayed as an invited guest of The Gore hotel