Luxury London hotel The Goring has closed its doors today for the first time in its history to undergo the final stages of its extensive renovation, which will see all hands on deck to ensure the hotel reopens on time in February.
An army of British craftsmen have been working tirelessly to update the hotel’s interiors before The Goring opens on 21st February, just in time for its 105th birthday celebrations.
The family-owned hotel has involved four major English interior designers in the refurbishment – Nina Campbell; Tim Gosling; David Linley; and Russell Sage – who will now all work on the Front Hall while the hotel is closed to the public.
For the Front Hall artists are working on a whimsical scene, which is being handpainted to a specific brief: imagine if all the animals from London Zoo had escaped into the park. The result is an English countryside – with exotic wild animals hiding behind the trees and in the bushes, which looks set to be quite the showstopper for guests on arrival.
The new changes will also see the arrival of a fleet of smartly-dressed footmen who will be on hand at the door.
There will also be a new in-room evening cocktail service and later in the year, an éclair trolley, which will be an addition to the already popular The Goring’s afternoon tea.
Jeremy Goring explains: “Even through two World Wars, The Goring has never closed. However, we really wanted to give Russell Sage and all the craftsmen space to complete this total renovation. We will then emerge, even better – and ready for the next 100 years to come. And our new Goring footmen will really add another dimension to our service.”