Business Traveller has paid a visit to the forthcoming Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square, which opens on January 26.
Located in a 1922 Grade-II listed former Port of London Authority HQ, opposite the Tower of London, the imposing Beaux Arts-style building will house 100 rooms and suites, 42 Four Seasons-branded residences and a private members’ club.
Charlie Parker, general manager of the hotel, told Business Traveller: “There hasn’t really been a hotel offering of this nature in this part of town. It’s very rare to have the opportunity to work with a physical asset such as this. Fundamentally it’s about respecting the heritage of the building while ensuring it stays relevant for tomorrow.”
He added that the property’s owner, China’s Reignwood Group, “fell in love with the building. They’re not made like this very often and to have this location and architecture really struck a chord.”
With two months to go before it opens, Business Traveller wasn’t able to access much of the hotel but stepped through its colonnaded entrance into its grand lobby and through to the Rotunda, at the heart of the hotel, which will host all-day dining, afternoon tea and drinks under a glowing art-deco style dome. On the circular wall surrounding it are eight reliefs in pale cream representing the elements of feng shui.
Parker said that the Rotunda would be split into lounge, dining and bar areas and would “transition through the day”, with the bar being “an energetic venue with an incredible cocktail and beverage programme”.
Off this space are two restaurants, Le Dame de Pic, from Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic – which is being positioned at a level akin to Pic’s one-starred Paris restaurant of the same name rather than her three-starred Maison Pic in southeast France – and an as-yet-unnamed Asian restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese food.
The 100 rooms, which include 11 suites and are located on the ground to third floors, will start from 27 sqm. Executive rooms have separate living areas, while nine Heritage suites on the ground floor boast ceilings at least five metres high, making them feel “exceptionally grand”, Parker said. All offer free wifi.
The lower-ground floor will be home to a 1,600 sqm spa with eight treatment rooms, including a hammam suite, plus a 14-metre pool. The wood-panelled UN ballroom – where the inaugural meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was held in 1946 – will be “a very desirable event space”, located above the lobby and overlooking the Tower, Tower Bridge and the Thames. It will seat 150 guests for dinner.
The members’ club will have two restaurants, a bar, four meeting rooms, a cigar lounge and billiards room and will be “a place for the cross-cultural exchange of global ideas”, attracting leaders from “the arts, culture, big business and academia”, Parker said.
The property will open “with the majority of our room inventory available” on January 26, with the spa and Asian restaurants following slightly later, and all facilities to be open by May.