It is based in the impressive 1922 former Port of London Authority building designed by Sir Edwin Cooper and has been redeveloped by Chinese Reignwood Group. This is the building the inaugural meeting of the United Nations was held in in 1946 and it also appeared in the James Bond movie Skyfall.
Its location by the Tower of London means that, just as when I lived in Qatar for almost 10 years, I can walk from my Barbican home to a Four Seasons.
It was perfect to enter the hotel and be greeted by a smiling John Stauss, the General Manager of Four Seasons Park Lane, on the day the hotel opened.
John's time at Four Seasons Nevis made him perfectly placed to discuss my Cayman move. Charlie Parker, General Manager of Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, joined us to discuss the opening. What a way to see Ten Trinity Square for the first time.
I started by having coffee, with Voss water, under the art-deco style domed ceiling in The Rotunda. I was soon greeted by a familiar face from Four Seasons Doha and a honey based mocktail was brought for Issy and a Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square shopping bag for me.
Chat with General Manager Charlie Parker
Next Charlie joined me for a longer chat. I was amazed to hear Rebeca Selley, who was General Manager of Four Seasons Buenos Aires when I stayed there, is his wife. I adored meeting that special lady and Charlie was such fun to chat with too.
My First Grey Goose Martini at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square
It was interesting to hear the Head Bartender came from Novikov restaurant, where I had a disastrous birthday dinner.
I ordered a very dry Grey Goose martini and a perfectly stirred one arrived in beautiful glassware.
Abby was sitting at the bar and we spent such a fun afternoon talking about The Fat Duck at Bray, the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons etc while trying cocktails.
During the afternoon there was a false fire alarm but this allowed me to meet the hotel's Head of Communications.
I ended the afternoon chatting with a journalist writing a piece about the Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant in the hotel for the Financial Times.
With only 30% of the rooms open, problems with the fire alarms and the Asian restaurant still to open (like with Four Seasons Abu Dhabi) I did not feel it is fair to 'teddy score' this hotel on its first day. However, with Charlie Parker & his team, I am sure it is going to be another '7 teddy' Four Seasons.