Dinner at The Goring with tickets to
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

The Goring

You will, I’m sure, have heard about the sensational Alexander McQueen exhibition that’s on at the V&A at the moment… It’s one of the most extraordinary exhibitions I’ve ever seen.

The Goring (THAT hotel where Kate Middleton stayed the night before the royal veddin) is now offering the chance to spend the afternoon at the exhibition, followed by three courses of sumptuous British cuisine in their beautiful Dining Room.

Interested? Don’t blame you.

V&A

The V&A

I love everything about the V&A – it makes me feel proud to be a Londoner. Everything it does is executed perfectly, whether it’s an intricate and detailed exhibition… or the cakes in their café. (They’re amazing.)

And I’m not the only who thinks so…

“The collections at the V&A never fail to intrigue and inspire me. The nation is privileged to have access to such a resource…it’s the sort of place I’d like to be shut in overnight”
-Alexander McQueen

I arrived late afternoon and wandered through Savage Beauty… mostly with my chin on the ground; I was completely awestruck. The exhibition is the only major retrospective in Europe of the visionary fashion designer, Lee Alexander McQueen.

“One of the most innovative designers of his generation, McQueen was celebrated for his extraordinary creative talent. He combined a profound grasp of tailoring and eclectic range of influences with a relentless pursuit to challenge the boundaries of art and fashion, blending the latest technology with traditional craftsmanship…”

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Birds-Nest-Headdress-made-with-Swarovski-Gemstones-by-Philip-Treacy-and-Shaun-Leane-for-Alexander-McQueen-AW-2006. Model: Snejana Onopka
Image: Courtesy Swarovski Archive

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I loved the Cabinet of Curiosities – presented in a double-height gallery, interspersed with film footage of nearly all of McQueen’s catwalk shows, it showcases designs produced by McQueen in collaboration with fellow creatives such as the milliner Philip Treacy and the jewellery Shaun Leane.

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There was so much to take in and by the time I left, all I wanted to do was sit down and discuss every inch of it from top to bottom over a long drink… which I did. At the Goring. With Mbosh.

The Goring yellow Bar

MBosh chose her drink while I wandered about a bit and look in the view… such a beautiful hotel!

There’s something special about The Goring, which is deep in the heart of Belgravia, just behind Buckingham Palace, and you feel it as soon as you enter… you know you are somewhere a little bit magical, and that it has a history…

The Goring was opened by Otto Goring in 1910. It is now the only five star luxury hotel in London that is owned and run by the family that built it, which I think is extremely impressive. Jeremy Goring is the fourth Goring to run The Goring since his great-grandfather opened it and in 2013 was granted a Royal Warrant of appointment to HM The Queen for Hospitality Services…

The Goring Garden

Had the weather been a little less chilly, we’d have had our cocktails outside in the garden…

Bar snacks at The Goring

Some bar nibbles to keep us going before dinner

We had a good natter about the exhibition and before we knew it, it was time to head into the stunning dining room for dinner…

The Goring Dining Room

The Dining Room is designed by David Linley and the pièce de resistance of the room are the three subtle pink Swarovski crystal chandeliers, which hang across the ceiling. These works of art were commissioned by the hotel as exact replicas of the only others in England, found at the home of Savage Beauty, the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Goring crockery Raisin bread and butter

What followed was an extremely decadent, unbelievably delicious, quintessentially British three course meal. We just loved it.

Eggs Drumkilbo

Eggs Drumkilbo

Cured sea trout, English asparagus, smoked mayonnaise

Cured sea trout, English asparagus, smoked mayonnaise

Mushroom risotto

A surprise course of a light mushroom risotto, with not a grain of rice in sight..

Brill fillet, young courgette, ricotta, Cornish squid, wild garlic

Brill fillet, young courgette, ricotta, Cornish squid, wild garlic

Salt Marsh lamb, charred broccoli, herb puree, crispy anchovy, goat’s cheese potatoes

Salt Marsh lamb, charred broccoli, herb puree, crispy anchovy, goat’s cheese potatoes

And instead of something sweet, we both opted to end our meal with a selection of Britain’s finest cheeses…

British Cheese

There were sixteen to choose from… so we had eight each. Ta da! #cheesemaths

An exquisite dinner at The Goring, combined with the extraordinary Alexander McQueen exhibition made for the most perfect day.

This experience is a real treat, so if you know someone with a special birthday or anniversary coming up, I would suggest that this could be the perfect gift…

And if you do go, please let me know! I’d love to hear your stories…

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Savage Beauty and The Goring

£140 for two, including 4:15pm entry ticket to Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum and a three course dinner with coffee at The Goring Dining Room
*Tickets available from 1 May – 30 June 2015. Subject to availability

020 7396 9000 | reservations@thegoring.com

I was invited by The Goring to experience this package, and if I hadn’t loved it I wouldn’t have written about it.


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6 thoughts on “Dinner at The Goring with tickets to
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  1. I’ve been to Savage Beauty twice and I hope to go again (I’m a V&A member and I like to see exhibitions a few times if I can). I’ve never been to The Goring though, and it looks amazing!

  2. What a fantastic and well-priced package! I’ve already been to Savage Beauty unfortunately (and agree, it is mind-blowing), though I really enjoyed reading the history of the Goring, and their bread looks like my kinda bread! Glad it was all delicious :) Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

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