“As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.” This famous quote by British star architect Norman Foster summarizes the history of a new 5-star hotel in London. The splendid headquarters of the Port of London Authority, which were designed by Sir Edwin Cooper and built between 1912 and 1922, are today home to the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.
I stayed at this magnificent hotel during a recent business trip to London. The hotel, which opened in January 2017, is centrally located within steps of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames. The Bank of England is only a 10-minute walk away. Guests who love to go shopping or to the theatres can take the underground at Tower Hill, change at Embankment and get off at Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus.
5-STAR HOTEL WITH RESIDENCES FOR THE SUPERRICH
The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers 100 rooms and suites, 10 spacious residences and a private member’s club. An exclusive spa offers various treatments from exclusive brand partners, including a luxurious hammam that blends the traditions of the Moroccan and Turkish baths in a contemporary setting, as well as Dr Burgener Switzerland face and body treatments.
The ten luxury residential-style accommodations, located between the third and seventh floors of Ten Trinity Square, feature open-plan living areas, dining rooms, fully equipped kitchens and up to four bedrooms. London’s leading designers, including Martin Kemp Design, Linley, Richmond International and Fox Linton, have created elegant and refined interiors with an individual style for each residence.
(Above) I loved the spacious executive suite (53 to 67 square meters) very much. The contemporary interior design in white, grey and brown reminded me of the Christian Dior boutique in Paris, white and grey being two signature colours of the famous maison. The long desk was perfect for my computer working day, the Wi-fi worked perfectly well in the suite. The bed was very comfortable and the bed linen of excellent quality. The six pillows on the bed have been designed for a better sleep quality (e. g. for side-sleepers).
(Above) The design of the spacious marble bathroom is amazing. The mosaic tiles in white and gold reminded me of Ancient Rome. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who often take inspiration from Byzantine and Roman mosaics for their collections, would be thrilled to take a relaxing bath in such a stylish bathroom. I particularly loved the perfumed shower gel and body lotion by Bottega Veneta. Its notes of bergamot, patchouli, and moss interwoven with leather, flowers, and spices make it a very special feminine chypre.
(Above) Michelin-starred La Dame de Pic is the first UK restaurant from acclaimed French Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. She currently holds seven stars in total across her four restaurants and is the only female chef in France to hold three Michelin stars for her family restaurant, Maison Pic in Valence .
(Above) Mei Ume, a modern Chinese and Japanese restaurant, offers two of the greatest Asian cuisines under one roof. Head Chef Tony Truong’s creative small plates, such as golden prawn katifi with sweet chilli plum sauce, are complemented by a selection of steamed, baked and fried dim sum. Larger plates include stir-fried Dover sole with lemongrass and chilli and braised pork belly with Chinese herbs and seasons vegetables. The cocktail menu, inspired by the four key elements of traditional Chinese astronomy, features a number of western classics, adapted with a touch of eastern spirit.
(Above) Rotunda offers a new Heritage Afternoon Tea (£35) based on the iconic building’s history. Guests can also opt for a Champagne Afternoon Tea (£38) with a glass of Delamotte Brut Champagne or with a glass of Charles Heidsieck Clos Des Millenaires 1995 Brut Champagne (£45).
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