In a landmark of power and prestige, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is the City’s newest luxury hotel and celebrates its place within the capital’s rich history and culture. First opened in 1922, this Grade II-listed building is the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority and played host to the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. Original neo-classical interiors have been exquisitely restored, creating a seamless fusion with chic, modern design.
The hotel has just 100 accommodations, including 11 spacious suites – some with ornate original plasterwork and soaring ceilings and offers two destination restaurants including the first UK restaurant (La Dame de Pic London) by Chef Anne-Sophie Pic the only current French female chef to hold three Michelin stars, and a sleekly designed Asian restaurant. The Rotunda, leading off the dramatic lobby, is the hotel’s lounge and bar venue. Reflecting the architecture of London’s ancient Roman history, the lavish spa includes a swimming pool and luxury hammam.
Within steps of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames, this is one of the capital’s most remarkable central locations.
The flagship La Dame de Pic London is located within the beautifully restored grade II* listed hotel, and looks set to become a destination restaurant, bringing Anne-Sophie’s visionary cuisine to an iconic British setting.
The restaurant will be based on a similar concept to the original restaurant of the same name in Paris. With a repertoire of stellar dishes to call upon, the menu will feature some of Anne-Sophie’s classics, including the chef’s signature dish of berlingots. The triangle-shaped pasta parcels melt in the mouth to reveal a filling of lightly smoked Pélardon cheese and are accompanied by seasonal wild mushrooms and a tonka bean and voatsiperifery pepper foam, a variation of the dish created exclusively for La Dame de Pic London.
While the menu draws upon many of the fundamental techniques and flavours of French cuisine, Anne-Sophie’s flair for challenging expectations when it comes to flavour combinations sees dishes draw on influences from across the globe to create plates that intrigue and excite the palate. With ingredients sourced from the British Isles paired with produce never before seen in the capital, choices will include the likes of Cornish crab steamed with Sobacha and served with a Corsican clementine jelly, crunchy celeriac and dill-infused panna cotta and liquorice-smoked Brittany pigeon with turnip, crispy salsify and combawa citrus bouillon.
Desserts are equally striking, including ‘The White Mille Feuille’, a white cube of alternating layers of puff pastry and jasmine jelly encased in a layer of Tahitian vanilla-infused cream and surrounded by delicate, cloud-like mounds of voatsiperifery pepper foam. Alongside the a la carte menu, a three course lunch menu priced at £39 per person and a five course tasting menu at £95 per person will also be available.
The 78 cover restaurant, which has been designed by Bruno Moinard of Paris-based architects 4BI, offers a welcoming and luxurious environment sensitive to the space’s original, listed features, with natural wood flooring, carved woodwork, curved leather banquettes and columns covered with beveled mirrors. A large, warmly lit chandelier hangs in the centre of the room and features an intricate playing card design in a nod to La Dame de Pique, the French card game that inspired the restaurant’s name. La Dame de Pic London is accessible through the hotel’s central Rotunda Bar and will soon open a dedicated entrance from Seething Lane Gardens. A 14 seat private dining room will sit alongside the main restaurant.
Anne-Sophie began her culinary career at the age of 23 at her family’s restaurant, Maison Pic in Valence, south-eastern France. With no formal training, in 2007 Anne-Sophie became the fourth female chef in history to be awarded three Michelin stars and since then has gone on to open restaurants in Lausanne and Paris, garnering awards and accolades along the way. As Anne-Sophie’s first venture in the UK, La Dame de Pic London is a vibrant new destination for gourmands in the capital, showcasing the creative cuisine for which she is known in the UK for the first time.