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The Goring reopens in time for its 105th birthday, London

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This week luxury hotel – The Goring officially re-opened its doors to reveal the final flourish of its major refurbishment – a ravishingly transformed front hall designed by Russell Sage.

Over the past few years, with a little help from his designer friends including David Linley, Nina Campbell, Tim Gosling and Russell Sage, Jeremy Goring has overseen the top-to-toe renovation of the whole luxury London hotel, from the ground floor to each and every guestroom and suite. Even the garden has been re-landscaped.

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The new-look front hall and the ground floor is now resplendent with exquisite hand-painted wallpaper by Fromental, whose wallcoverings already grace many of The Goring’s suites and guestrooms.

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The whimsical scene, from floor to ceiling, shows an English parkland, but look closer and all is not what it seems. Exotic animals, a walrus, raj elephants, a hippo on a rock, snakes and a bear, cavort through the landscape.

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The artists have also woven The Goring family story into the scenes. A monkey on horseback in full racing silks references George Goring’s love of riding and sports; a sleek seal is a nod to Jeremy Goring’s love of surfing; two imposing walruses, in full jewelled splendour, represent OR Goring and OG Goring, the founder of the hotel and his son.

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The wallpaper by Fromental, which took four artists almost eight weeks to paint, is hand-gilded silver leaf on paper, with the design hand painted in acrylics.

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Resplendent new reception and concierge desks designed especially for the space evoke the grandeur of Georgian Chippendale furniture. A specialist commission of golden Gainsborough Silk adorns the windows, echoing the sumptuousness of the bedrooms and suites upstairs. The entrance to the restaurant has an elegant new look, seamlessly complementing the calm interiors of the dining room. The gentleman’s cloakroom has been refitted in new black and white marble, adding even more comfort and luxury.

The Goring, Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW, England, thegoring.com

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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March 6, 2015 | England Europe London Travel Western Europe | View comments

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