Since when did the City become so cool? First the Devonshire Club, then The Ned, and now Ten Trinity Square, a new, imposing hotel development from Four Seasons Luxury Hotels & Resorts.
As the name suggests, it’s situated in a rather special building. Ten Trinity Square was built in 1922 as the headquarters for the London Port Authority, the body then responsible for ensuring that the cargo which went through the city by river was all above board. Constructed in the Beaux Arts style, covered in grandiose columns and topped with classical statues, it’s long been admired as an architectural symbol of London’s economic power.
With this in mind, The Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square has been open since January, and the first thing that hits you as you approach is its monumental scale. The front doors are by no means small, but they’re dwarfed by a series of Corinthian columns approaching 60 feet high. This sense of grandeur runs throughout the new development. Though the hotel only has 100 rooms, which isn’t massive by today’s standards or compared with the neighbouring Ned, each is thoroughly impressive.
The style throughout is clean and sharp, with something of the art deco in it’s furnishings and fixtures, but only a hint thereof. Rooms start from £525 for a Superior Room, up to £1,180 per night for the Four Seasons Heritage Suite, with it’s sprawling 65 metre floor-plan. Beyond that, there’s the exquisite Presidential Suite, price-on-request for those with bottomless pockets.
Though the City is primarily a commercial hub, Four Seasons has determined that the hotel be more than a luxurious environment in which to rest your head. At Ten Trinity Square, there are three new restaurants, cocktail lounges and an atmosphere that gears itself towards sophisticated nightlife. The hotel’s Food & Beverage Director, Antoine Corneille – formerly of the George V hotel in Paris and the Ritz Club – has gone to great lengths to install a talented team, and three Michelin starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic has opened her first British restaurant in the hotel, La Damme de Pic. Her menus are seasonal and elegant, with superior local produce prepared in the French style.
There’s also a state of the art spar, which offers further possibilities for retreat. The big guns have been brought in here too, the operation is overseen by Anjana Nicolas, responsible for the magnificent transformation of the spa at the Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. With eight treatment rooms (including a double-room for couples or friends to enjoy the same treatment simultaneously), a steam room, sauna and a ‘vitality pool’ to pep you up, it offers an experience that rivals any other relaxation space in London.
All of which indicates that the City’s occupants are no longer in search of a space to slave away, but to play and escape in too – and in fine style. The City of London is coming into its own as a destination to socialise and luxuriate, a bizarre thought for those of us who associate it primarily with haggard looking traders and pinstriped brokers.
It’ll be interesting to see how Mayfair, the established bastion for gentlemen’s clubs and plush hotels, reacts to this cultural shift. One hopes that there’s more than enough appetite for luxury in the capital to sustain both the West End and the City, because there’s no doubt the City is building up a head of steam as a luxury hub. Developments like the Four Seasons are there to prove it.