London’s Goring Hotel–the place where Kate Middleton spent the night before her wedding to Prince William—just received a very prestigious honor: a Royal Warrant from the Queen, the first ever issued to a hotel. I wrote about it yesterday for CNTraveler.com, but what I didn’t mention was what a gorgeous spot this is for a wedding.
In addition to all its elegantly Edwardian indoor spaces (the Royal Suite, where Kate got her pre-wedding beauty sleep, is a particular beaut with two bedchambers, two receiving rooms, and a balcony as long as the entire building), The Goring commands a glorious garden, larger than Centre Court at Wimbledon. And the treatment you’ll receive will be nothing short of princely; owner Jeremy Goring (the hotel has been in his family for 103 years) reports that regardless of all the “rooms and suites oozing class and Gainsborough silk-lined luxury” the aspect of the hotel people always write to him about is the staff, who make each guest feel genuinely special.
The British marriage laws make it a little tricky for Americans to legally marry here, so we recommend having a civil ceremony back home, then flying to London for a blessing in The Goring garden or on a terrace, followed by a few nights of revelry. Reports are that the royal wedding’s after-party, famously attended by cousins Eugenie, Beatrice, and Harry, went on until 6 A.M., when The Goring bar ran out of beer. Let’s see what kind of mischief you and your gang can get up to. —Sally Kilbridge