A luxury hotel where East truly meets West in the heart of the city of London.
An edifice of a limestone building that is now the Four Season Hotel sits on the banks of the Thames an arrow’s flight distance from the Tower of London itself.
Inside stylish influences of the East mix in with its Western maritime history.
Once the Port of London operated from there and inside places like its ballroom are clad with the detailed carved wooden panelling that is beautifully restored and still in place.
Other areas such as the private club floor are also adorned with classic panelling and where you can dine in some style, drink some of the world’s finest wines and even test a selection of the best cigars in their sampling room.
The Rotunda lounge area is a cavernous area of art deco opulence and that east west style with a feng shui influence of the walls with mountains, the sea and forests in high relief covering the curving enclosing walls. Pillars mimicking sturdy ropes support the elegant dome.
The building is also a bit of a star in its own right. As it has appeared in a James Bond movie, Brad Pitt made an entrance in one of his films there and I am fairly certain that the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot played by David Suchet has certainly been there sleuthing too?
Should your budget be un-restricted you may want to consider the ‘Presidential suite’ and no doubt if you do then you will have not only an extensive private suite with a huge dressing room, dining room, lounge, a spacious elegant bathroom, sumptuous bedroom and if that is not enough your own enclosed rooftop garden as well.
Coloured passage ways help you to navigate the various floors to the 100 or so rooms that also share the building with 41 private apartments that on the higher floors above them.
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Their entry level rooms even though much smaller than of course the presidential suite they never the less do not lack style, comfort or quality.
La Dame de Pic, a Michelin star restaurant on the ground floor that serves classic French cuisine from a menu by Anne-Sophie Pic herself a three-Michelin-starred female chef based in France.
Mei Ume, an oriental style restaurant, complements it where Chinese, Japanese and far eastern dishes are served. Both are open to the public but booking should be considered. Another choice could well be the chance to enjoy afternoon tea in the Rotunda with a full spread of sandwiches, cakes and pastries or just that English West Country classic of a ‘cream tea’ of scones and tea could be enough to fill you up as you relax under the pink dome.
Upstairs its ballroom was an early meeting place of politicians and national leaders of the then new United Nations.
The building has all the best of not only east and west but also old and new. Its hydraulic glass lift, the fastest in the world, will whisk you between floors as you try to work out where the cables are when you look through its clear roof!
Attentive staff deserve a gold awards and there is no shortage of that in the spa area, with some walls covered in 22carat gold.
A blend of cultures and classic style coming together and culminating in a hotel of opulence in the middle of a busy city’s working and tourist area giving both types of customers the very best accommodation and service from a building of the 20th century but in contemporary 21st century style!
Currently lead in superior rooms are available from £525 for two adults sharing room only basis.
There are currently a number of limited offers: Four Seasons Offers