Opened less than a month ago in the meticulously restored former Port of London Authority headquarters, the capital’s second Four Seasons hotel brings with it a restaurant helmed by threeMichelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic.
Hosting the inaugural reception of the UN General Assembly in 1946 and recently starring in James Bond’s Skyfall, this landmark building near the Tower of London is home to 100 urbane guestrooms and 41 private residences.
The look at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is discreetly luxurious (beds come with a choice of three mattress toppers) and the layout is dictated by the strictures of the 1922 listed building.
Each rooms is kitted out with an iPad, Nespresso machine, free Wi-Fi and toiletries by young Paris-based English perfumer James Heeley (or Bottega Veneta in the suites).
An impressive day spa opens in April, featuring eight treatment rooms, a hammam, vitality pool, steam room, sauna and 14m indoor pool; the 24-hour fitness centre is already up and running.
Meeting planners have access to the beautiful ballroom, host to the UN assembly, with views over the Tower of London and Thames and restored to its gleaming wood-panelled glory.
DON’T MISS: A cocktail in the glamorous Rotunda with its striking art deco domed ceiling. We like the sound of the Forget Me Not mix with Plymouth gin, sparkling wine, Earl Grey tea, coriander seed and orange flower.
DINING IN: Ten Trinity’s signature restaurant La Dame de Pic London is headed by Pic, the only female chef in France to hold three Michelin stars. She is the daughter of Michelin-starred master Jacques Pic and granddaughter of legendary chef Andre Pic. Here she oversees a chic but relaxed establishment where the best British and luxury imported ingredients get the French treatment. Menu standouts include pasta parcels with lightly smoked Pelardon cheese (from the LanguedocRoussillon region), wild mushrooms and Voatsiperifery, a rare, wild pepper from Madagascar. Signature desserts include an ambrosial white mille-feuille with Tahitian vanilla cream, jasmine jelly and pepper foam. A classy Asian restaurant with a sushi bar is set to open in May.
DINING OUT: Sushisamba (Japanese, Brazilian, Peruvian sushi mashup in the Heron Tower) and Sky Garden for brilliant city views. Just across the Thames you’ll find London’s famous Borough Market, the perfect spot to sample the very best of British fare.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: A tour of the Tower of London led by one of the Yeoman Warders (or beefeaters) is a must. Many of these splendid chaps are great raconteurs and could moonlight as comedians. More: visitbritain.com/au.
CHECKING IN: Introductory room rates April 28 from £344 ($559), including VAT. More: fourseasons.com/tentrinity.
ALSO TRY: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest; The Gainsborough Bath Spa; Le Royal Monceau Raffles, Paris.
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