The Goring, London
Its red-liveried footmen, acclaimed afternoon tea, and chintz-festooned walls embody London swank. But it’s the royal lineage that elevates this Belgravia hotel from London’s luxury lairs. The five-star Goring is still owned and operated by the family who built it in 1910. A favorite of high society (think Lords, Ladies, Dukes, and Duchesses; Kate famously stayed in the Royal Suite the night before their wedding), it’s the only hotel in the world to hold the Royal Warrant, a mark of distinction bestowed upon the Crown’s preferred goods and services. The hotel closed in 2015 for the first time (it even remained open during both world wars) for “top to toe” upgrades. The result is sumptuous and decidedly traditional. Book a Belgravia Suite overlooking the Goring Garden. All furnishings are bespoke, including quintessentially British Gainsborough Silks wall coverings.