When you turn into Trinity Square the building stands out as a solid part of the City, it looks like the Second World War bombing could not destroy this very impressive building.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is a landmark of London’s buildings, recreated as an exclusive and harmonious arrangement of residences, hotel and exclusive club. It expresses the cultures of the world.
EXCHANGE OF IDEAS BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
The building is owned by the Reignwood Group of China and managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. It’s a part of the Reignwood vision and mission to promote business and cultural exchange between China, Asia and the West. They have also set-up their European base there.
OLD FATHER THAMES HISTORY
Building and surrounding area has a history dating back over 2,000 years with steps going to the Thames in this period of London history, it was the main through fair for trade.
Built near the Tower of London, one of London’s most visited attractions for tourists, which was a Royal residence surviving the Great Fire of London in 1666, after the fire London was rebuilt.
In 1922 the Premier Minister at the time, ran a competition for a designer and architect to design a building for the Port of London Authority. Sir Edwin Cooper won the competition. The building is in the Beaux-Arts style, it is fashionable to the Edwardian Era and in its heyday 1,200 people came to pay their dues. For landing tea, silks, pottery plus many other products entering London via the Thames, today the building is down stream in Tilbury.
In 1946 the General Assembly of the United Nations held their inaugural reception there in what is now known as the UN Ballroom, a landmark in international politics.
The Second World War badly damaged the building in the 1970s Wills Faber Ltd insurance brokers took over the building. Another interesting fact, watch for Trinity Square in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, which was filmed there.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is in a great location for the Bank of England, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, short journey to Canary Wharf and the world famous Greenwich, by riverboat or Tube, other landmarks along the Thames Embankment.
Other areas of the City of interest are Borough Market, Leaden hall Market and the Barbican Centre, all in easy reach.
Great craftsman were employed to convert the building into a hotel, from stonemasons, wood carvers and craftsman to cut marble, keeping-up the dated trades.
Impressive reception area greets you, with marble in gray and off cream and white floors, with high ceilings to match the buildings influence. Traditional stonewalls, which many buildings in that period of time used.
It is where an old Agatha Christine movie could have been filmed as it has that feel about it.
The moment you arrive the doors are solid, feeling like you are entering a prestigious London building. Built to last.
The Marble from Italy throughout the hotel has been used to great effect and the Gentleman’s and Lady’s Cloakrooms have stylish Onyx doors, most impressive.
ROTUNDA BRINGS ALL POINTS OF THE COMPASS TOGETHER
Reception leads to the impressive Rotunda, this particular area with its innovative and original design and architecture, this striking area is the main dining area, which is the main focal part of the hotel and was created by interior designers 4Bi and Associates lead by Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille, which were the main interior designers of the hotel project, with their business in Paris. The Nautical Heritage of the building and trade inspired this particular area from the East. It is based around the design of a Compass, and this is reflected in the menu space, this is a great meeting space and it is the space where East and West meet between the two restaurants. Along the walls are eight panels each associated to a particular theme such as water, wind and thunder, a circulate carpet in red with white diamonds is in the circulate area, to keep the circulate theme.
The round large carpet in the Rotunda in deep red with white diamonds pattern, woven by Axminister Carpets from Devon town in West of England, company founded in 1755 remains number one in British carpet design.
Brings another area of unique luxury to Ten Trinity Square.
While in the Rotunda try Afternoon Tea from one fashionodo you must try it! Try the Scottish Salmon rolls even Egg sandwiches reach a new level. Come to the Rotunda.
TEA OR IS IT A COCKTAIL?
If cocktails are the order of the day try Blushing Violet a mix blend of Earl Grey Tea, gin, sparkling wine, Coriander seeds, tiny blue flowers around the base of the glass, this is cocktail that would of tested James Bonds taste buds.
MEI UME RESTAURANT
The restaurant is a revelation of Chinese and Japanese dishes with a modern approach, where two cultures meet side-by-side on one plate; two Asian cuisines under one roof. Sushi, Sashimi and Dim Sum as well as Chinese main dishes. Head Chef Tong Truong is always developing new dishes, Peking duck is one of the signature dishes, he specializes Cantonese style of cooking, and he was Head Chef at The Royal China.
A large screen at the entrance made with enamel paint on glass depicts the signature Plum Blossoms.
LA DAME DE PIC LONDON
The first UK restaurant by Anne -Sophie Pic the current only Female chef to hold three Michelin stars, she is a very innovative person, and concentrates on flavor to achieve the unexpected.
The two partners are an inspirational team. Claire has many talents in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage textiles and jeweler. She went to the International Architecture Les Arts Decoratifs in Italy. It is the richness of the team that make them special, it is the sprinkling of star dust that makes the Four Seasons Trinity Square so different.
There is no shortage of impressive accommodations including the Grand Heritage Suite. The cozy fireplace; which seems to touch the sky is 5 meters or 16 ft. in height. The built-in mirror TV is most certainly eye catching, I could watch it for hours so encapsulating. With walk-in closet and separated living area.
But there is also the Presidential Suite; which is on the third-floor. The suite opens to a private outdoor terrace, which has been manicured to perfection.
If you are in a group ask about connecting your suite to a Premier Room for more space. Dining was never so easy, invite your friends to private dine.
There are many other rooms including Trinity Heritage Suites, Executive Rooms, all beautifully decorated in colors you would love in your home.
Relax I say, in the City of London there is nowhere better to relax and let time Drift Away as the great song writer Dobbie Gray would say. . .
EASTERN PROMISE TO THE WEST!
When you enter the spa reception area you notice it is also following the Rotunda theme, the walls all round the reception, including behind reception is 22 carat gold which does make it very impressive. There is no round edge, which keeps the energy within the spa.
The spa takes you back to Roman times; it features classical columns and clean lines. The precious minerals mined by the Romans, lending an atmosphere of timelessness, when rushing around was not the norm of the day.
Joseph Caspari and Mio Shibuya design the inspirational spa. The reception of the spa is oval-shaped to come-in with the Rotunda. The moment you walk-in you feel the energy and warmth, it collides East and West together that more and more clients are looking for in spas today. The spa has vivid gold tiles, classical columns, silver and bronze details.
Mio Shibuya has been responsible for many projects including Boutique Louis Vuitton Shinjuku in Tokeyo, Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia; both designers are based in France.
Treatment brands include Dr Burgener a Swiss skin-care brand, the international British brand ESPA, which I have featured many times, marocMaroc for Moroccan Hammam treatments, also Amala German Skin Care Brand.
The spa is 18,083 sq. ft. with I might add, very spacious treatment rooms, including a spacious spa for couples and special Hammam pal Suite, there is also an indoor swimming pool.
AUTOGRAPH TREATMENTS AT THE TRINITY
Go for the Salt Stone Restorative Ritual.
Warm Himalayan salt stones, rich in minerals and comforting essential oils of Palmarosa and Orange, which can uplift spirits and sooth deep-seated aches and pains. So get rid of your muscle tension, with your therapist focusing on the points.
HOW ABOUT COCOONING
The Prestigious COCOONING is a unique sensorial cleansing ritual. The Hammam signature treatment is designed to adapt to different skin types. It offers all the benefits of exfoliation and Hammam steam, the treatment combines deep back soap scrub followed by Miel d’Ambre scrub and a bathing ritual. Finishing up with a engerising massage.
Dr Burgener brings this very unique brand to the spa, SWISS AGE PERFECTING JEWEL FACIAL, deep cleansing and exfoliation of the face. Rejuvenating massage and application of a nutrient rich serum as well as nourishing mask to give an extra dose of vitamins.
For guys there is a comprehensive treatment menu, including Deep Muscle Massage with Hot Stones, then there is Skin Fitness, this facial treatment uses the latest technology to effectively minimize the appearance of pores and remove impurities from the skin. This all in one anti-aging treatment leaves the skin purified and cells reactivated. Within the overall development of Trinity Square, there are 41 private residences and the exclusive private members club.
After all these wonderful treatments you go for a relaxing dip in the 14m swimming pool, with the classical columns to let you relax in calm waters, there is also a sauna, steam room and vitality pool.
PREPARE TO WALK TO ENJOY THE THAMES
Has a Londoner I really enjoy walking around the Tower of London and then through to the St Katherine’s Docks Development, tourists or Londoners will find Trinity Square a mix of cultures of the past and a hospitality in-sight to the future.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is one of the latest hotels to join the Four Seasons portfolio, ideal for tourists in London, easy access to the City of London for business.