I am somewhat an afternoon tea aficionado, so I was incredibly excited when I was invited to sample the Heritage Afternoon Tea at The Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square. Opened at the beginning of last year, Ten Trinity Square is housed in the former Port of Authority building, just a few minutes walk from Tower Hill station. After extensive renovations, the new Four Seasons hotel is one of the hottest places to eat, drink and stay in London.
The imposing exterior is quite something to behold and you feel as though you are entering a super-secret members club. There are no ostentatious signs, just two understated plaques on either side of the entrance to alert you to the identity of the building. I knew the setting would be beautiful however I must admit I was blown away with the overall aesthetic of the hotel, especially the Rotunda Lounge where the afternoon tea is held.
The Rotunda, as you might have guessed from the name, is a round room with domed ceiling and embossed walls symbolising the four elements. The grandiose space oozes 1920’s elegance all centred around a raised grand piano. My best friend Emma and I were seated front row, which we thoroughly enjoyed as the pianist delicately played classics from the likes of Luther Vandross.
We ordered both a regular and vegetarian afternoon tea and upgraded with a glass of Charles Heidsieck Clos Des Millenaires 1995 Brut Champagne which was divine. There was also an abundant choice of teas and I chose the Wild Rooibos descending from South Africa.
The vegetarian sandwiches comprised of classic cucumber; beetroot & hummus; egg truffle mayo; mozzarella, pesto and sundried tomatoes; sauerkraut and mustard. Emma reported that the beetroot & hummus was uninspiring but she loved the creative sauerkraut sandwich. The standard option for the meat eaters featured the cucumber and egg options as well as smoked salmon, coronation chicken and beef pastrami. I opted out of the coronation chicken, and opted in for mozzarella and sundried tomato which was over powered with pesto.
Before delving into our scones and some serious looking pastries, we thought this was the perfect time for a cocktail. The cocktail menu was incredibly inventive, devised by head barman Harry Nikolaou. I am usually quite suspicious of overly complicated cocktail menus, however the drinks greatly exceeded my expectations. I started with the Hugo 10, a fruity sparkling wine cocktail topped off with peppercorn. Harry was adamant that I also try the Square Spritz, his take on a classic Aperol Spritz infused with carrot and lavender. I was not enthused by the carrot or lavender but it was delicious. Emma sampled the Trinity Negroni with Beefeater 24 which she touted the ‘best Negroni’ she had ever tasted.
With our cocktails in hand we were set to get cracking on the sweets. The scones were baked to perfection; warm, light and fluffy. I also liked the addition of lemon curd along with the other more traditional jams. I sampled all the pastries, each based around a different fruit flavour including strawberry, cherry and apricot. There is normally at least one cake that you are not keen on, this was not the case with the Heritage Afternoon Tea. The chocolate sable with passion fruit ganache was sensational, however it was an off the menu piece of orange drizzle cake that stole the show for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon spent at The Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, personally trumping the renowned afternoon tea at Claridge’s. The stunning setting combined with the food, cocktails and exceptional service made it an afternoon to remember. Special thanks to the staff including Alexander Muir and Harry Nikolaou, for going above and beyond to ensure we had the most wonderful time.