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The Gore, London

The Gore

Originally a private townhouse, The Gore opened as a hotel in 1882 and still retains much of its period charm with original decorative coving, mosaic tiling, iron stair rails and open fireplaces. The modest reception is decorated in bold heritage decor with elaborate chandeliers and gilded mirrors.

Each of the 50 rooms exudes character but is unique in size and layout and individual in its decor and furnishings. They typically feature a sophisticated but bold palette, rich fabrics, oil paintings in gilt frames and antique furnishings, including carved, wooden beds and ornate headboards.

The hotel is conveniently located just a short walk from London’s main museums, The Royal Albert Hall and the exclusive shops of Knightsbridge and Kensington.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

Every room at The Gore is decorated in a unique and dramatic style but all convey a sense of decadent luxury from a bygone era. Decor is bold and furnishings and fabrics are rich and indulgent. Hand-picked antique furniture with carved, wooden beds and ornate headboards adds a theatrical impression. Bathrooms are just as spectacular and feature either walk-in showers or cast-iron bathtubs, while some have wooden thrones. The junior suites are designed to be as individual as their most famous guest, with the Judy Garland Suite including a pair of sparkling red shoes and her original bed, imported from the US during her stay at The Gore. All rooms feature flat screen TV and Wi-Fi.

Location

Although situated in a quiet, residential street, the hotel is just a ten minute walk from Gloucester Road and South Kensington tube stations for access to the Natural History Museum or the Victoria & Albert Museum. Hyde Park and Kensington Palace are just across the road while the exclusive shopping of Knightsbridge and Kensington High Street is less than ten minutes away on foot.

Food and drink

Breakfast is served at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant 190 Queen’s Gate and The Gore’s Michelin-starred has created a unique fusion menu for lunch and dinner.

The atmospheric Bar 190 is a stylish choice for a drink with its wood panels, leather seats and large portraits of the Rolling Stones, who launched their album Beggar’s Banquet here in 1968. Alternatively, the ornately furnished library serves afternoon tea. 

Our opinion

We love the character and history of The Gore, particularly the Tudor Room, and think that it is an excellent choice for those looking for something unique during their stay in London.

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