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The Gore Hotel Review

Boutique Hotel in South Kensington

About.com Rating 4.5 Star Rating


Judy Garland Room, The Gore, London

Judy Garland Room

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Period Furnishings With Today's Technology
The Gore was established as a hotel back in 1892 but the current owners took over in 2006. The Gore has undergone extensive refurbishment so they can offer 'Tradition with a twist'. This description is true as the hotel uses period furniture so each of the 50 rooms has a sumptuous feel while they also offer flat-screen TVs and wi-fi throughout the hotel. There is also a 24-hour business center available so technology is not lacking.


The Gore is just around the corner from the Royal Albert Hall and less than a minute from Kensington Gardens. It is walking distance from the South Kensington Museums - V&A, Natural History Museum, and Science Museum - as well as shopping at Harrods.

The Gore Hotel, 190 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5EX
Tel: 020 7584 6601
Web: www.gorehotel.com

Great Air-Con

The air-conditioning is superb and fitted throughout the building. The attention to detail is something The Gore can pride itself on as they always consider the time of day you are arriving so they can set the air-con appropriately and adjust the lighting too.

Feature Rooms

Bistro 190, The Gore Hotel, London

Bistro 190

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Ten of the 50 rooms are feature rooms and include The Judy Garland Room which would make a perfect setting for a romantic break or a honeymoon, and The Tudor Room which will whisk you back through the centuries. There’s even Judy Garland’s bed in one of the rooms which is a feature in itself! I loved the throne toilets which certainly make you feel regal. And even if your room has a 'normal' toilet the Penhaligon's bathroom products will make you feel special.

2 Rooms = Private Corridor

If you are traveling with friends or family, you can book two rooms opposite each other which means you also have a key to make the corridor private. This struck me as a great idea when traveling with children as you can offer them the independence of their own room but you can leave the doors open for peace of mind.

Bar 190 – The Gore Bar

The mahogany-paneled bar is popular with locals as well as guests, and this was the setting for the iconic filming of the Rolling Stones "Beggars Banquet". Bar 190 attracts a crowd from the Royal Albert Hall and many performers choose to stay or host parties in The Tapestry Room downstairs so be prepared for mingling with some celebrities. They may be in the VIP area, called Cinderella's Carriage, which can seat six people for a private party area within the bar. Bar 190 has an extensive drinks menu including a whole page of vodkas. They will serve whatever drinks guests require so just let them know your favorite tipple so they can get it in stock for your stay.

Bistrot 190 – The Gore Restaurant

The restaurant is popular for pre- and post-theater dining, especially with its close location to the Royal Albert Hall. Fresh bread is baked daily and the one-page menu has just the right amount of options. Even though there wasn’t a vegetarian main course listed (there were starters and desserts) it was no problem for the chef to offer me a couple of veggie choices in minutes so I am certain they could help if you have dietary requirements. Anthony Worrall-Thompson was head chef at Bistrot 190 in the early 90s and has since gone on to be a world-famous celebrity chef. The philosophy at the time of opening was for quality food at affordable prices and Bistrot 190 can still offer this as well as exceptional service.

Boutique Hotel

Tudor Room, The Gore, London

Tudor Room

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It is hard to classify The Gore but they fall more under the boutique hotel category as what they offer is very individual. They have a strong focus on service and meeting their guest's needs and plan to always make your stay memorable for all the right reasons. Do make good use of the Concierge's experience and knowledge of London even if just for taxis to and from the airport as he can arrange them much cheaper than hailing a black cab outside.

Superb Atmosphere

The Gore’s atmosphere is why guests return regularly as the staff make you feel like their most important guest every time you are there. A wonderful place to relax and be spoiled without an excessive price tag.

The Gore Hotel
190 Queen's Gate
South Kensington

Tel: 020 7584 6601

Hotel Website: www.gorehotel.com

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