The latest addition to the Four Seasons’ dazzling portfolio is this exquisitely restored former HQ of the Port of London Authority. Built in 1922 in arresting Art Deco style, it is as striking inside as out. The sweeping Rotunda all-day bar-restaurant, with its original wall reliefs and dome, will make you gasp with delight. Light dishes are served here, but there are also two destination restaurants: La Dame de Pic, showcasing the food of triple Michelin star holder, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Mei Ume, serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine. You will want for nothing in any of the 100 gorgeous bedrooms, spread over the hotel’s first three floors. Those above are dedicated to 41 apartments and a private members’ club. A spacious 24-hour fitness centre, yoga studio, indoor pool, hammam and sleek Roman-inspired spa add to its appeal. The group’s reputation for tip-top luxury hotels is as evident here as in its Hampshire outpost. Doubles from £430.
Name to Know: Jan Konetzki, director of wine, who oversees the lists for La Dame de Pic London and the hotel’s other dining outlets.
See: Head across the road and The Tower of London before the crowds around with a pre-opening hours tour.
Eat: At La Dame de Pic London, the first UK restaurant by Anne-Sophie Pic, the only current French female chef to hold three Michelin stars.
Buy: Head for the spa, a real sanctuary at the heart of the Square Mile, and spoil yourself with a Hamman treatment.
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