The Goring reopened in March just in time to celebrate its 105th anniversary. It closed in January for the first time ever to complete its final flourish of renovations. Proprietor Jeremy Goring had a major hand in overseeing the refurbishment, who employed the services of his designer friends David Linley, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and Russell Sage to help turn the hotel into a grand English house with a dash of idiosyncratic humour. The Front Hall and ground floor is decorated with hand-painted wallpaper, with a whimsical scene depicting an English parkland complete with exotic animals, a walrus, raj elephants and a hippo on a rock. The quirky wallpaper is complemented with beautiful clean white furnishings. The wallpaper, which took four artists almost eight weeks to paint, is hand-gilded silver leaf on paper, with the design hand painted in acrylics. The Lion and the Unicorn, in full heraldic splendour battle it out forever, a discreet reference to Royal Warrant displayed outside the hotel. Resplendent new reception and concierge desks designed especially for the space evoke the grandeur of Georgian Chippendale furniture. A specialist commission of golden Gainsborough Silk adorns the windows, echoing the luxury of the bedrooms and suites upstairs.