Wine-focused member's club at the Four Seasons
Tucked away in the western wing of Four Seasons Trinity Square overlooking Seething Lane Garden just opposite of the Tower of London, Ten Trinity Square occupies its own private annex of the Grade II* listed building originally home to the Port of London Authority, designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Cooper and opened by Prime Minister David Lloyd George in 1922. Inside, the dark walnut and oak panelling and high, strikingly moulded ceilings are mostly original, however new design features were introduced by Bruno Moinard, who has carried the torch from his 2014 refurbishment of the Château to maintain consistency.
After entering through a colonnaded foyer, a long corridor wends its way through the club, its carpet patterned with a wine-red depiction of the River Gironde in Bordeaux. Following it to its end, you‘ll pass through a variety of boardrooms that served as offices in the original building, now repurposed as meeting rooms, cigar lounges, an art gallery, two restaurants and a billiards room. Additionally, there‘s a stunning Château Latour Discovery Room which caters to all things oenophile with guests having the opportunity to explore various wines by the glass, flight or bottle. Suffice to say, it‘s an impressive collection including a couple of £10,000 vintages dating back to 1939.
For the food offering, Ten Trinity Square enlisted the talents of Anne-Sophie Pic, who runs Le Dame de la Pic in the hotel and is the fourth female chef to earn three Michelin stars at her restaurant Maison Pic in southeast France. She‘s also the third generation of gastronomic heavyweights in her family, having learned the ropes from her father Jacques Pic and grandfather Andre Pic. For the fine dining restaurant at Ten Trinity Square Club, Pic draws inspiration from her ancestral cookbooks, modernising the rich butter and cream-led dishes for contemporary palates and creating beautiful foils for the wine. Teaming up with wine director Jan Konetzki (former head sommelier at Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road) they‘ve created some truly ambrosial pairings.
We‘re particularly smitten by an old school mosaÏque of foie gras and mullet served with a bouillabaisse jelly, which finds a beautiful mate in the best glass of Viognier we‘ve ever experienced: Côte du Rhône de Château Grillet 2014, which has unusually been given its own appellation. We‘re similarly taken by a lemony risotto aquarello spiked with verbena and light acid tomatoes which was paired with a lively Sauvignon Blanc: an Eisele Vineyard 2014 from Napa.