This Four Seasons property is one of London’s most enviably positioned hotels. The Thames, Tower of London and Tower Bridge are right out the door, the Shard is across the river and St Paul’s Cathedral is a leisurely 20-minute walk away. But its proximity to the City of London (the British capital’s primary CBD) is what makes this hotel an ideal choice for business travellers. Take a moment to admire the hotel’s colossal white-Portland façade with Corinthian columns when you arrive, before making yourself at home in one of the 100 rooms with suave tones. There are five function rooms for corporate shindigs, an atmospheric bar with live music for pre-dinner drinks and a Michelin-starred French restaurant (La Dame de Pic) if you really want to impress your clients. A subterranean spa to switch off after work completes the picture.
Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square might boast an excellent location for both business and leisure travellers but it is located on the opposite side of the city to Heathrow Airport. So leave plenty of time (about 90 minutes) if you’re using a cab. Or opt for the Tube; the Tower Hill station is right next door.
Embossed bedheads, wooden panels, heated bathroom floors, fluffy robes and Bottega Veneta amenities set the scene for a sophisticated stay in each of the hotel’s rooms and suites. The entry-level Superior Room is decadently furnished but compact at 28-34-square-metres, so if the budget allows opt for the Executive Room which faces a central atrium and features a separate living area.
Food and drink
The hotel is home to one-Michelin-starred La Dame De Pic restaurant, where French chef Anne-Sophie Pic dishes up exquisite fare – from butter-seared Scottish Langoustine to the classic mille-feuille with Tahitian vanilla cream. If you want something more relaxed book a table at Mei Ume (pictured above), which serves delicious Chinese and Japanese dishes and features an atmospheric bar where you can enjoy an inventive cocktail before dinner. Or make your way to the Rotunda Lounge for an old-fashion afternoon tea or a casual dinner with live music.
For business travellers
Services such as valet parking, airline reservation and translation, and a bevy of meeting spaces and ballrooms make this hotel one of the best in London for business travellers. But the pièce de résistance is the UN Ballroom. The site of the very first reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, it has been painstaking restored to its original glory but now boasts state-of-the-art technology and can accommodate a gathering of up to 200 people.
For wellness travellers
While there’s a pool on-site, it’s currently under refurbishment. But the 24-hour gym is fully operational and so is the spa, with a spate of indulgent treatments – from hot-stone massages to express stress-busters like the 30-minute salt and oil scrub. An award-winning salon, Gielly Green, with expert hairstylists for both men and women is also part of the attraction.
The fab factor
The hotel offers same-day laundry and dry-cleaning and one-hour pressing services – perfect for business travellers as well as the indecisive among us.
Best for: Business travellers
Number of rooms: 89 rooms; 11 suites
From: £525 (about AU$950)
Wi-fi: Free and fast; paid premium option is available
Parking: Valet parking; £50 (about AU$90) per night
Address: 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
Telephone: +44 20 3297 9200