After a very long absence during which I finished my first year of law school exams (yay!), I finally have some spare time to return to blogging. I’m planning on doing a post on my trip to the Cotswolds with tips on all the best villages to squeeze into a long weekend, as well as a really exciting collaboration with a local London designer – both of these to come in the next few weeks.
However, since my last post before my unexpected absence was focused on afternoon tea, it seems only fitting that I should kick things off again with another afternoon tea post (I swear I do more with my life than just go to afternoon tea!). Last week Meandering Macaron and I visited the second Four Seasons hotel to open in London (the first being their Park Lane location). This hotel is situated in the old Port of London Authority headquarters at Ten Trinity Square, built in 1922 and a stone’s throw away from the Tower of London and the City. It’s one of the grandest buildings in the Square Mile and on our short tour of the hotel we learnt that this was the venue for the United Nations’ first ever General Assembly reception. I love hotels that have an interesting history!
We had afternoon tea in the Rotunda bar, named after the original rotunda area of the building where, during the Authority’s heyday, more than 1200 people per day would pay their dues for bringing their ships into the Port of London. This history is reflected in the beautiful menu and crockery designs featuring lovely old maps and compass motifs – see the main photo above. I’ve always loved cartography so I really appreciated this little detail.
The other detail we both loved was this magnificent bar area – so grand! There’s also a space in the middle of the room for live music and just as we were leaving at the end of our afternoon tea they were setting up for a bit of Friday night jazz.
The afternoon tea itself was delicious. I don’t even have a photo of the sandwiches because we devoured them so quickly but my favourite was either the egg with truffles or the smoked salmon. The highlight of the sweet selection was definitely the scones with a choice of either fresh strawberry or Earl Grey and plum jam. The scones even came wrapped up in their own little blanket to keep them nice and warm.
I can imagine this would also be a great spot to come for drinks on a Friday night after finishing work in the City. It’s got more of a luxury feeling to it than a lot of hotels in this area which are more business-oriented, and I think this was what Four Seasons were trying to achieve with this new addition to their collection.
Thanks must go to Meandering Macaron for inviting me along with her and also for taking the following photos. I got a new Zara top last week that I am slightly obsessed with… The trousers are from Missguided and the bag is from an Australian brand called Trenery. I’ll link to the top and trousers and a similar version of the bag down below.