7 Things to Do at The Four Seasons Hotel Ten Trinity Square
Occupying the old Port of London Authority in Tower Hill, the Four Seasons Hotel Ten Trinity Square has recently enjoyed a massive £6 million renovation, bringing it bang up to date whilst retaining the original architecture to rival its neighbours, the Tower of London and St Paul’s. There’s plenty to do nearby — Borough Market, the Tate and all the dining and shopping at Royal Exchange — but just as much to keep you busy inside the hotel itself. Here’s what we’d do:
Have a treatment
The spa at Ten Trinity Square is lavish, taking advantage of the building’s Roman connection (Roman cellars, a well and — erm — a cesspit were discovered during the recent revamp) with original plasterwork, marble floors and classical columns giving a feeling of grandeur against the 14-metre pool. The day spa boasts a couple’s treatment room, so you and a partner can relax into your treatment of choice (most use ESPA products). There are a number of specific treatments for men too, which is nice.
Visit the Rotunda Bar
The Rotunda Bar is a semi-circular gleaming copper bar area in the 1920s-style lounge where the mixologists are at the top of their game. Head bartender Michal Maziarz prides himself on making personalised cocktails based on guests’ likes and dislikes, using rare vintage spirits and simple combinations to create the perfect drink. The bar snacks are worth a peek too: dinky fried things like arancini, tater tots and spring rolls make the ideal aperitivo companion.
Eat at Mei Ume
Dining at Ten Trinity is never going to be a bargainous affair, but if you’re keen to visit one of the in-hotel restaurants and are on a budget we’d suggest trying their Chinese/Japanese hybrid Mei Ume. Dishes are steeped in traditions from both countries, but with a revived, modern take. Chefs are ex-Royal China, Zuma and Sake no Hana, so the Mei Ume set menu of miso soup, two starters and a main, with jasmine rice and tea, for £29 a head is more than fair. Choose from wasabi king prawns with orange tobiko, crispy shredded veal with chilli and mango and more.
Wander around Trinity Square Gardens
Just outside of the hotel’s entrance, Trinity Square Gardens is an historic — grisly – site, where the Tower Hill scaffold used to be until 1747. There’s a memorial stone indicating the spot where 125 died, and other memorials for the 24,000 merchant sailors who failed to return from both wars. Parts of the Roman wall around Londinium are also evident and make a noteworthy spot for a picnic lunch.
Afternoon tea at Rotunda Lounge
Back in the Rotunda Lounge, we think the maritime-inspired décor and spectacular domed ceiling (it’s a replica of the WW2-damaged original) is best enjoyed over afternoon tea. For £62, you’ll be brought the Ten Trinity heritage tea, with a glass of champagne and a high-end selection of traditional finger sandwiches, patisserie and many a scone to be taken against the tinkle of live piano. Friday to Sunday only.
Take in the view
If you’re lucky enough to stay at Ten Trinity, depending on which way your room faces, the view will be of Tower Bridge, Tower of London, the City or St Paul’s — any and all are breathtaking. Otherwise, you’ll have to…
Have a nosy around Ten Trinity Square members’ club
If you can, that is. The second-floor boardrooms of the original London Authority offices have been lovingly restored to their walnut-panelled glory, so the vibe is very old-school gentlemen’s club. There’s meeting rooms, a cigar sampling room, and a billiards room, plus dining and a bar. You can also store your wine, should you require.
The Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ.