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A Handsome Hotel Steeped in History
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
The first thing you’ll see when you pull up to Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square are the massive Corinthian stone columns on the exterior of the imposing white facade—an impressive sight that makes you feel like you’re entering a museum rather than a hotel. Behind those soaring columns, however, awaits a dazzling bar, friendly staff and Art Deco design touches, all of which ooze style and comfort. (Although the hotel is indeed imbued in history—there are a handful of artifacts on display in the lobby on loan from Museum of London Archaeology, including a flint adze tool found on-site and dating back to c. 8500 BC to 4000 BC.) And that’s not all you can expect from a stay at this London outpost of the Four Seasons—read on for our review of this stately charmer.
Who should you bring?
Located near the relatively non-touristy financial district, this grande abode is a no-brainer for a work trip (even if you don’t have a meeting booked in the beautifully restored UN Ballroom, it’s worth checking out—it was the site of the United Nations’ first general assembly in 1946 and the dark wood paneling and large chandeliers are quite impressive). But we also like this spot for visitors that have already been to London, and therefore don’t need to be so close to the West End where most of the shopping, entertainment and major tourist attractions are located. Which isn’t to say that there aren’t things to see and do here—London Bridge, Tower of London and Borough Market are all within walking distance of the hotel. Think of Ten Trinity as your quiet getaway away from the beaten path but with easy access to the best restaurants and sights about town.
What’s the food like?
The marble rotunda in the lobby is home to an elegant lounge and bar situated under a domed ceiling, where you can grab a light bite, a spot of afternoon tea or an expertly crafted cocktail while listening to live music. (The rotunda was actually bombed during the Blitz during World War II, and later rebuilt.) Then there’s also the two Michelin-starred French eatery La Dame de Pic where diners can tuck into onion tartelette scented with lavender, monkfish meuniere and Bramley tarte tatin with mace and cider custard. And if you’re visiting during the warmer months, enjoy a glass of Pimm’s while taking in the views of Tower Bridge at rooftop bar Bloom (now closed for the season but set to reopen in spring). The meal we’re still dreaming about, however, was at Mei Ume, an upscale Chinese-Japanese restaurant where you must order the succulent Peking duck and the buttery lobster with crispy egg noodles (the Shanghai braised pork ribs were also delicious but not recommended for a first date).
Did you get a good night’s sleep?
Historic buildings mean thick walls. Translation? Plenty of peace and quiet for that sweet, sweet sleep (the plush robes and blackout shades help too).
What amenities are available?
There’s a fully-equipped gym with cardio and weight machines available 24/7, plus plenty of ways to rest and pamper your jetlagged body, including a hair and beauty salon, a full-service spa (including a hammam and sauna), a swimming pool and a vitality pool.
What was your favorite part?
We already told you about the food at Mei Umi, right? Seriously, that Peking duck was *chefs kiss*. We were also impressed by the surprisingly large rooms, something that can be hard to come by in a city hotel.
Know before you go:
You’ll need UK electrical adapters to charge your phone and laptop, but fortunately the hotel is happy to lend you some should you forget to pack your own.
guest rooms, suites, speciality suites,
from £650 per room (approx. $780)
Four Seasons Hotel London
at Ten Trinity Square
You’re in London after all, and the city’s top notch dining scene beckons. For lunch al fresco, stroll across the bridge to the historic Borough Market, boasting over 100 stalls with cheese, chutneys, burgers, breads and more. For dinner with a view, it’s a short walk to Bravas Tapas overlooking St Katharine Docks, the only marina in Central London. And for something truly special, head across town to The Foyer at Claridge’s, a Mayfair restaurant oozing glamor and elegance. We hear they do a decadent afternoon tea but for our visit we opted for dinner (seafood cocktail, lobster wellington and poached peaches) and everything was truly outstanding (psst: this spot has ‘special occasion’ written all over it).
Where should you eat off-site?
You’re in Paris so naturally you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food. And at Four Seasons George V, you’ve got options. Boasting three Michelin stars is Le Cinq, featuring French fine dining and beautiful presentation (the fish and seafood dishes are particularly superb). Then there’s the more modern Le George with its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and L’Orangerie with its contemporary Gallic menu; both restaurants have one Michelin star. We’re still dreaming about the Blue Lobster Salad and Veal Chop Milanese from Le George, but quite frankly you’re guaranteed an unforgettable meal no matter which restaurant you choose. Oh, and did we mention the wine cellar with over 50,000 bottles? Just be sure to book a table at any of the eateries in advance—these establishments are popular with local Parisians as well as hotel guests. Bon appétit.
What’s the food like?
images courtesy of the foyer at claridge's