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Afternoon Tea at The Goring


Last week, my Mum visited us here in London for a spot of early Christmas shopping. We had a lovely time but a particular highlight was afternoon tea.

After a hectic morning and early afternoon, we dropped our bags and headed to The Goring for one of my favourite things in London – afternoon tea! The Goring is a family run, historic hotel that Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding at. Arriving is like stepping into an older, more perfect world. We were greeted beautifully and led into a rich red and gold room. The carpets were thick, the silverware shone and there was a pleasant hum of polite conversation in the background.

The Goring Hotel, courtesy of

The Goring Hotel, courtesy of

I have been lucky enough to go to several London hotels for afternoon tea, including The Ritz, but The Goring has recently been voted the best. The sandwiches, scones and hand-crafted patisseries were all delicious. I took a very bad photo which I’ll include now, but please forgive me as it really doesn’t do it justice. However, it didn’t feel appropriate to take a while to get the perfect image so a quick snap was the only option at the time!

Afternoon tea at The Goring

Afternoon tea at The Goring

All in all, we had a wonderful time and, for a few hours, felt like calm Edwardian ladies rather than harassed twenty-first century shoppers! If you are in London for any length of time, I’d thoroughly recommend an afternoon tea for a wonderful taste of elegance and luxury. Beautiful!

4 thoughts on “Afternoon Tea at The Goring

  1. Caroline! I am so happy to have a new “must go” for afternoon tea! Thank you!! I am also a fan of afternoon teas and have visited a few already! I have to admit that one of the best British inventions is scones and clotted cream (and custard, cold though!)!!!! I usually have scones binging when I go to one! 

    I’ve been away for a while but I am back with some book recommendations (more author recommendations)!! Amos Oz have you heard of him? It’s an Israeli author. I read “Between friends” and I am currently reading “A tale of Love and Darkness”. I am going to Israel for New Year ’s Eve so that’s why I ended up reading him. You know I am not good with words but he is fantastic!!! Both books are very different but his writing is brilliant.

    I am quite keen to read your reviews if they are good enough to go into your “to read list” 

    • The Goring is wonderful – let me know what you think when you go! I think The Ritz is still my very favourite though, only because of the piano playing in the background makes it extra special! I’ve not heard of Amos Oz so I’ll check him out! Have a wonderful time in Israel!

  2. What a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing. I’ve now added this venue to the long list of places I’d like to visit when next I make a journey to your area. Simply lovely.

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