Big John Recommends

Big John is a much-loved member of The Goring team. As a member of the Golden Keys and having held previous positions at The Berkeley and The Lanesborough, John knows London better than anyone. Along with his excellent Concierge team, they have their fingers on the pulse to recommend the best sights, the latest openings and family fun. 

Big John Recommends:

The Sate Rooms, Buckingham Palace: Visit The Queen's official London residence and explore the magnificent State Rooms of Buckingham Palace which are open to visitors for ten weeks each summer. 

Discover the real Victoria: Discover a different perspective on the life and legacy of one of our most famous monarchs, Queen Victoria, at Kensington Palace. 

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee GalleriesVisit Westminster Abbey and explore The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Hidden for over 700 years, The Galleries display our greatest treasures and tell the story of our thousand-year history. 

Designer, Maker, User: Visit the new Design Museum on High Street Kensington and see the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles. 

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams: This exhibition at The V&A explores the impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, the influence of the fashion house and Dior's relationship with Britain. 

Van Gogh and Britain: This exhibition incorporates 50 works by Vincent van Gogh, revealing how he was inspired by Britain and how he himself inspired British artists. 

Leonardo da Vinci - A Life in Drawing: Visit The Queen's Gallery and discover more than 200 drawings from the Renaissance master's greatest works in the Royal Collection. 

The Mousetrap: See the longest running show of any kind in the world. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is a classic and is now celebrating its 64th year of a record-breaking run. 

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical: This is a gripping musical revealing the untold story of Tina Turner and featuring the classic hits of the global queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Witness for the Prosecution: See Agatha Christie's critically acclaimed gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.  

Come From Away: This exciting new musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community who invited them into their lives.

The Lehman Trilogy: The fascinating story of a family and a company that changed the world is told in three parts on a single evening. Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy has transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre. 

The Starry Messenger: Hollywood star and multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Matthew Broderick makes his West End debut. After a chance meeting with Angela, Mark feels starry-eyed. But when a catastrophic event rips through their lives, Mark is forced to re-evaluate his life, his faith and his place in the universe itself.


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