Kate Middleton's Pre-Wedding Hotel Named Best Place for Afternoon Tea

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Kate Middleton's Pre-Wedding Hotel Named Best Place for Afternoon Tea
Sat 13-04-2013

Kate Middleton checked in at The Goring hotel ahead of her wedding to Prince William in 2011, accompanied by the rest of the Middleton family.

Its quintessentially English entrance was seen by an estimated two billion when we got the first glimpse of Kate's breathtaking wedding dress when she emerged from the hotel. Kate stepped down the marble steps to a waiting car, on her way to become the Duchess of Cambridge in the magnificent royal wedding on 29 April, 2011.

In January of this year the hotel received the royal seal of approval, having been sent a 'Royal Warrant of appointment to HM The Queen for Hospitality Services'.

And now the family-owned establishment in esteemed Belgravia, which boasts 69 luxurious bedrooms, has been named the best place to have afternoon tea in London. The accolade was awarded by the Tea Guild and presented on Tuesday.

Built in 1910 by present owner Jeremy Goring's great grandfather, it was the world's first hotel with en suite facilities and central heating in every bedroom.

The Goring, which offers one of the few al fresco afternoon teas in the capital, so impressed the award's judges that it achieved a near perfect score. The hotel was praised for its 'excellent selection' of teas which accompany delicate finger sandwiches, traditional scones and hand-crafted patisseries.

The Duchess of Cambridge is believed to have stayed in the Royal Suite on the top floor on her last night as a single lady. With spectacular city views, the suite boasts two bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a dining and sitting room. The top-floor spot would have made for a real royal setting for Kate, her mum Carole and younger sister and bridesmaid Pippa.