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Review of Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Opened in January 2017, The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers 89 guest rooms, 11 suites and for those with large families or looking for a longer stay, 10 stunning residences. 

The hotel offers an indoor heated swimming pool, vitality pool, Spa, ballrooms, and meeting rooms. 

Ten Trinity boasts a 2-Michelin starred restaurant – La Dame de Pic London – offering superb French cuisine under the gastronomic auspices of acclaimed chef and restaurateur, Anne-Sophie Pic. The hotel also offers two other dining experiences and a bar. 

It would have been so easy for the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts group to have sourced a contemporary building in the heart of the City of London – filled it with hi-tech gadgets, offer the business community its customary excellent service & facilities and the property would have been a roaring success.  

Instead, Four Seasons co-created a City hotel – suitable for both the business and leisure traveller – in a historic building dating back to the 1920s – and it is now, unquestionably, a masterpiece. 

From the moment you arrive – day or night – your senses are challenged. On the one hand you want to be polite to the Doorman & talk about the weather but on the other hand,  your eyes are diverted towards the Corinthian columns that stand so proudly on the façade of the property. You look up and a fantastic statue of Father Thames is staring down at you – welcoming you to your City of London address. 

8 / 10
Location

The hotel is situated just a few metres north of the River Thames and the magnificent Tower of London. Walking or driving east of the hotel and you will arrive at Docklands, to the west is Monument - an architectural homage to the Great Fire of London and The Bank of England. To the north, the Gherkin and then onto Spitalfields, one of London’s most colourful and diverse markets.   

10 Trinity itself was built as the Port of London Authority headquarters, the main reason it is so near to the River.   

While the hotel does attract mainly the business community – it being at the heart of one of the most important financial districts in the world – families are now flocking there as it is so close to historical London and – although a short taxi ride away – far enough from the madding crowds of Mayfair and Knightsbridge.   

The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern – contemporary art from 1900s onwards, Borough Market - the city’s oldest food & vegetable market, Shakespeare’s Globe – the Bard’s 17th century stage, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, and Tower Bridge are all just a few minutes away on foot.  

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is located 30 kilometres from Heathrow Airport, and up to half an hour by taxi from the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras Station, the Heathrow Express terminal at Waterloo Station and from Victoria Station (direct rail link from Gatwick Airport). The hotel is just a short taxi journey from London City Airport.  

9 / 10
Accommodation

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers 89 guest rooms, 11 suites and 10 residences set over 4 floors.   

The guest rooms are smart, contemporary, and comfortable. They come in two main hues – light treacle or grey-blue. Each has a separate bathroom – with underfloor heating - and as with the whole property, includes toiletries from the Florentine luxury brand Lorenzo Villoresi – bringing a touch of Italy to the experience. Views vary from the City to the hotel’s Central Atrium.  

The suites - including signature suites -  offer larger bedrooms, dining rooms and family areas. There is a real sense of space, light, and opulence in any of the suites.   

Then there are the one to four-bedroom residences. They really do offer the height of London city luxury living. These private retreats offer privacy, discretion, and a dedicated concierge service. Also, the retreats provide kitchens, washer/driers, a personal chef service, terraces, balconies, and spectacular views including those over the Tower of London & Tower Bridge.   

Guest room sizes start at 28 square metres (301 square feet) and increase to 447 square metres (4810 square feet) for the four-bedroom David Linley-designed residence.  

10 / 10
Service & Facilities

Since the group was founded in 1960, the legendary Four Seasons service has been an integral part of the guest experience. From the moment you arrive at 10 Trinity to the moment you depart, you feel as if you are swaddled in cotton wool, and the hotel’s staff is on hand to look after your every need.   

Valet parking is available in advance – and the guest parking is close by.  

The Concierge Desk will book restaurant reservations, airport transfers and arrange shopping & sightseeing expeditions. A favourite excursion is a Thames River cruise - wrap up warm and take a pair of binoculars.  

10 Trinity offers guests The Spa. With 8 treatment rooms (including a Couple’s Suite and hammam) every kind of massage and treatment is available to guests. There is also a vitality pool, steam, and sauna room.  

The therapists and aestheticians use products from marocMaroc and Dr Burgener.   

The hotel boasts a 14-metre (46 feet) indoor heated swimming pool that is flanked by impressive marble pillars. This is an ideal place to exercise or relax after a long journey or a day pottering around London.   

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is wheelchair accessible.   

The hotel allows small pets to stay in certain guest rooms although there is a charge for their stay. Pets are not allowed to be left alone in a guest room or to visit the hotel’s public areas. These rules do not apply to assistance and guide dogs. Guests can order specially prepared organic & healthy meals for their pets.  

10 / 10
Style

By the early 20th century, the docks around the Tower of London were one of the central hubs for world trade. Ships were sailing up the Thames from all over the globe, importing goods & wares - tea, coffee, silks, and pottery - and then sailing back with British exports.  

The Government at the time decided to hand control of the River Thames and all the docks to the Port of London Authority. It was based at 10 Trinity Square – which was opened in 1922 after a decade of meticulous construction. The building itself was designed by Sir Edwin Cooper – a champion of the Beaux-Arts school of architecture.   

The French neoclassic design saw stunning columns being erected – welcoming visitors to a building of power and gravitas.  A large marble-column supporting glass dome was also added but this was destroyed by a bomb during World War II.   

Post-war, the building was renovated but the dome was not replaced.  

10 Trinity remained a much-respected landmark in the City and in 1946, the United Nations General Assembly held its inaugural reception there – in what is now known as the hotel’s UN Ballroom.  

In the total renovation from office building to luxury hotel, residences, and a private club– which began in 2010 - the builders & designers unearthed significant Roman archaeological finds – which were donated to London museum.   

Rather than completely modernise the interior of 10 Trinity, it was decided that as much as could be, was to be restored to its former glory. The marble flooring, plasterwork, wood carvings and the sweeping grand staircase look as fresh as the day they were originally installed. 

10 / 10
Restaurants & Bars

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic holds eight Michelin stars in her five international restaurants – including the two she holds at La Dame de Pic London - situated in the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.  

65 lucky diners - and an additional dozen in a private dining room - can enjoy the daily sumptuous offerings from Head Chef Marc Mantovani. Diners are also offered vegan and vegetarian à la carte menus and the Director of Wine Jan Konetzki is on hand to advise on vintages from all over the world.  

The main à la carte menu is a culinary masterpiece – with the sea bass caviar the way my father loved a particular delight and the desserts are also outstanding.  

Mei Ume is fast becoming one the most popular Oriental restaurants in the City. It offers Chinese and Japanese dishes from Peking Duck and Sweet and Sour Iberico Pork to sushi/sashimi and Teppanyaki Rib Eye.    

Finally, there is the Rotunda Bar and Lounge. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and supper are served here … as are cocktails and champagne, of course.  

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, children under the age of 12 enjoy meals in the Rotunda or from a special in-room dining menu gratis. 

Sustainability

The Four Seasons hotels in London (10 Trinity and Park Lane) boast a plethora of sustainability initiatives. These include, linen-less tables as standard in all dining outlets, non-plastic straws used in all outlet, reusable/recyclable coasters used in all outlets, working with sustainability-focused vendors, locally sourced food, food waste collected delivered to a company that uses bacteria process to generate electricity, plastic-free coffee capsules, recycled regularly, leftover soaps and shampoos donated to Clean the World organization, 80% of the property is fitted with LED lighting, Motion Sensing Lighting is installed in all back-of-the-house areas and offices, automated energy efficient programming is in place for all guest room lighting and recycling – cardboard, paper, plastics, glass, aluminium, cooking oil, shampoo and soaps.

What We Love

  • Trinity Square Gardens – which the hotel faces - a delightful spot to enjoy a morning coffee 

  • Dining - The delectable White Millefeuille dessert at La Dame de Pic, London 

  • The building – surely one of most dramatic & detailed of any luxury hotel in London 

 

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