A historic charmer in central London
89 Rooms / 11 Suites
The colonnade at the main entrance of Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square may not quite rival the ancient bricks of the Tower of London just across the street, but it certainly sets the tone for the rest of this beautiful new property.
Built as the home of the Port of London Authority in 1922, this unusual, five-sided building was badly damaged in the Second World War but still retains plenty of period charm.
From the original grand staircase — with its striking addition of a glass elevator running up the center — to the walnut paneling of what is now known as the UN Ballroom (the site of the reception of the inaugural General Assembly of the United Nations in 1946), the hotel oozes history.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• In the basement of this London hotel is an urban oasis, including the 18,083-square-foot spa and 24-hour fitness center, with its 46-foot lap pool, sauna and steam room.
• The Four Seasons property prides itself on being family-friendly, offering a wide array of children’s amenities, including milk and cookies upon arrival, kid-sized bathrobes, colorful alphabet bath sponges and kids’ menus in the Rotunda as well as through in-room dining.
• The historic hotel occupies a centralized location for sightseeing, just steps away from major monuments like The Tower of London and Tower Bridge as well as the London Underground Station at Tower Hill, which can take you almost anywhere you need to go.
• Every Thursday through Sunday, enjoy live music from local artists as you sip a cocktail in the Rotunda Bar.
• Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is home to the first U.K. restaurant by lauded French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. The casually elegant Le Dame de Pic London showcases the chef’s unexpected flavor combinations, like Scottish langoustine cooked in bouillon infused with pine tree buds and geranium.
Things to Know
• Much of the building interior had to be gutted, after falling into disrepair since the Port of London Authority moved downriver in the 1970s. The gleaming luxury hotel you see today is the result of a seven-year renovation project.
• If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head straight for the Rotunda Lounge, where delectable cakes and tarts are available by the slice in the afternoon and a full tea is served on the weekends.
• For the royal treatment, book the 1,884 square-foot Presidential Suite, which comes with its own private terrace and garden.
• The 89 rooms and 11 suites occupy four floors, encircling the Rotunda, the hotel’s lounge and bar on the first floor, and various event spaces up above.
• Superior, Deluxe and Premier rooms all feature king-size beds, convenient bedside charging stations and striking marble-clad bathrooms, most of which offer both bathtubs and showers.
• Executive rooms are more like what you might expect from a junior suite elsewhere. Measuring a generous 570 to 721 square feet, they all include a lounge area with sofa bed.
• The suites feature period details such as columns and plasterwork, as well as 16-foot ceilings.
• The hotel’s glamorous light-filled La Dame de Pic London is open all day, offering a traditional Four Seasons breakfast, including eggs any way you like them (including in a Benedict or atop avocado toast), a continental option and healthy juices.
• Chef Anne-Sophie Pic presents a modern French menu at La Dame de Pic London come lunch and dinner. Favorites include artichoke risotto with capers and 72-month-aged Gruyère, or wild sea bass with caviar and champagne sauce.
• The Rotunda serves light bites all day, like foie gras terrine on sourdough toast with citrus marmalade along with cocktails inspired by the building’s history, like the Forget-Me-Not, a blend of Earl Grey tea, gin, sparkling wine and coriander seeds.
• At Mei Ume, authentic Chinese and Japanese dishes are presented in a more informal setting than at La Dame de Pic across the hallway. Bar, lounge and table seating create a buzzy, vibrant dining experience.