Four Sea­sons Lon­don at Ten Trin­ity Square

The UN ball­room is where the in­au­gu­ral re­cep­tion of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly took place in 1946

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BACK­GROUND Four Sea­sons opened its new City prop­erty in Jan­uary. It’s the lux­ury group’s sec­ond Lon­don ho­tel, com­ple­ment­ing Park Lane.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? First im­pres­sions are fairly daunt­ing. The ho­tel oc­cu­pies the Grade II Listed former Port of Lon­don Author­ity HQ, which orig­i­nally opened in 1922, op­po­site the Tower of Lon­don. You can’t miss the build­ing’s grandeur – it looks mono­lithic and memo­rial-like, with a façade con­structed from gi­ant blocks of Port­land stone. There are usu­ally sev­eral mem­bers of staff around the en­trance. In­side, there’s a small re­cep­tion area to the right, while ahead is the domed Ro­tunda, lounge where you can take tea in the af­ter­noon or have a drink in the evening. The colour scheme changes dur­ing the day, and there’s live mu­sic as well.

WHERE IS IT? On Trin­ity Square, a cou­ple of min­utes’ walk from Tower Hill Tube sta­tion, past the Ci­ti­zen M ho­tel.

ROOMS The 89 rooms and 11 suites are on floors one to three. Some­where in the build­ing are also 41 pri­vate res­i­dences and a mem­bers’ club, al­though I never found the se­cret door. Bath­rooms in en­try-level Su­pe­rior rooms (28-34 sqm) have walk-in show­ers (some with baths), lots of pale mar­ble and lovely Bot­tega Veneta toi­letries; all other rooms also have tubs. The best room cat­e­gories are Deluxe (30-45 sqm), Pre­mier (33-49 sqm) and Ex­ec­u­tive (53-67 sqm) – the last of these look on to a cen­tral atrium. All rooms come with iPads to con­trol the air con­di­tion­ing and light­ing, free wifi, and tea and cof­fee.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS The des­ti­na­tion restau­rant is La Dame de Pic, which was awarded a Miche­lin star in Oc­to­ber. I ate in Asian restau­rant Mei Ume, which has Ja­panese and Chi­nese food with a West­ern-friendly menu and plenty of choice, and is in a su­perb art deco space. The Ro­tunda has ex­cel­lent bar­tenders and a good list of cock­tails.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The UN Ball­room, where the in­au­gu­ral re­cep­tion of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly took place in 1946, seats 150 peo­ple for a ban­quet. There’s also the Mer­chants Hall and sev­eral smaller rooms.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES There’s a large gym, an out­stand­ing spa and a swim­ming pool. Tom Ot­ley

VER­DICT A top-class ho­tel with great fa­cil­i­ties, flaw­less ser­vice and a build­ing ren­o­va­tion that the de­vel­op­ers can be proud of. In short, it’s a Four Sea­sons – ex­pen­sive, but worth it.

PRICE In­ter­net rates for a flex­i­ble mid­week stay in De­cem­ber started from £525 for a Su­pe­rior room.

CONTACT 10 Trin­ity Square; +44 (0)20 3297 9200; foursea­sons.com

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