If you are looking for a base in the heart of the city that’s steeped in history, 100 years to be precise, then look no further than the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. This grand Grade-II listed building boasts striking views over London’s most iconic landmarks, including Tower Bridge and the River Thames, and is also within walking distance to the Tower of London, just 200 yards from the hotel, and minutes from the city’s financial area.
The hotel projects a feeling of luxury from the moment you walk through its doors and into the sleek marble foyer. Be sure to admire the remarkable dome-themed dining area and the Art Deco-era influences throughout.
Boasting 100 well-equipped rooms ranging from superior to deluxe, premier, executive and suites – no matter which you choose you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how spacious your room is. Enjoy king-sized beds (was what guest is truly satisfied by a doubles these days?) large Samsung flat screen TVs, gold art deco style mini bars, and high tech features like audio speakers in the bathroom and digital ‘do not disturb’ notice. Expect lots of natural light from the oversized windows and a soft muted colour palette teamed with warm oak panelling, a refreshing change from the trend of dark moody interiors we have experienced in hotel rooms lately. The bathrooms are opulent, with marble, gold and white details, quirky touches and chic French toiletries.
We were treated to a deluxe double with striking views across the city and a bed so comfortable that you’ll struggle to tear yourself away the next day. Thankfully, we were motivated to try the modern fitness centre and we certainly took advantage of the relaxing spa facilities post-workout. After all, we are pretty sure there’s a rule against not booking in for a treatment at the hotel spa if you’re lucky enough to stay somewhere with such incredible relaxation facilities. On a couples break? Why not book in for the Ultimate Sensory Hammam Journey for Two in the privacy of a spa suite.
Once you’re feeling totally relaxed, it’s time for some nourishment. Thankfully, the dining opportunities at the Four Seasons are endless, but for a culinary experience like no other, visit the highly acclaimed two-Michelin-starred restaurant, La Dame de Pic. Headed up by Anne-Sophie Pic, whose French restaurant Maison Pic has been awarded three Michelin stars, this London venture is just as captivating. With an imagination like a story book, Anne-Sophie Pic has curated menus highlighting unexpected flavour combinations with French and Japanese influences throughout – we knew we were in for a treat.
A seriously romantic setting, with mood lighting, mirrors and extremely comfortable leather chairs, the space is realised in a sophisticated and neutral French colour palette of chocolate browns, creams and white.
Indulge in the Journey or Voyage tasting menu for the ultimate dining adventure or if timings don’t allow, the lunch menu, which can all be paired with drinks, whether that be alcoholic or non-alcoholic.It would be rude not to sample the signature dish on the menu: Berlingots, the most mouth-watering homemade pasta pyramids filled seasonal ingredients. Ours were stuffed with creamy Brie de Meaux, pine nuts and wild mushrooms, topped with watercress coulis and dotted with Douglas pine on the side. This is what seriously wow-worthy food tastes like.
Dishes such as Marinated monkfish, Cornish mackerel and Saint-Jude cheese continued to impress. The salt marsh Welsh lamb Marinated in Kombu and Fig Leaf was another highlight. We shared a white millefeuille with a unique combination of Tahitian vanilla and jasmine jelly, decorated in pepper foam dots, to end the meal on a high. The attention to detail here goes without saying, each dish is like a piece of art, creating an unforgettable evening. So much so, that every restaurant you subsequently dine in will be compared to La Dame de Pic and its experimental confidence.
The hotel also offers Mei Ume, a popular Chinese and Japanese restaurant, showcasing sushi, sashimi and traditional dishes with a modern twist. The chic Rotunda Lounge, with a breath-taking dome ceiling that you could get lost in while staring at its beauty, is the place where you can enjoy a quintessentially British afternoon tea or all-day dining such as oysters, grilled items and light meals. If cocktails are your thing, then head over to Rotunda bar and enjoy a range of handcrafted mixology whilst taking in the captivating live music (Friday and Saturday only).
Breakfast also takes place here the next day with an array of hot dishes and an impressive buffet station stacked high with homemade pastries, organic cereals and fruit – might we recommend the Well being breakfast if you are on a bit of a health kick, which includes an immune-boosting juice, chia bircher and a herb and vegetable packed egg white omelette.
Quite simply, for a London sleepover like no other, Ten Trinity Square offers the finest food, rooms and spa experience under one historic roof.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ