Top Tips from a Concierge: Things to do in London

Daniel Griffiths, head concierge at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, tells us his tips to London that he shares with his guests.

What’s your most popular request?

How to get access to the Tower of London is by far our most popular request—and it's definitely a real highlight. I do also like to point out to our guests that one of the tower’s 22 surviving boundary markers is right here in our lobby.

Cutty Sark, London, UK

Any family-friendly ideas to suggest?

I’d love to recommend our guests take a boat trip along the River Thames to Greenwich – it’s a great way to travel to the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and Greenwich Market, all suitable for kids of all ages.

Dennis Severs House, London, UK

Any hidden gems in the city to recommend?

Dennis Severs’ House in Spitalfields is a magical place, especially its candlelit silent tours in the winter months. Enjoy a pint at the Hoop & Grapes pub in Aldgate, which is one of the few timber buildings that survived the Great Fire of London in 1666. 

Which quintessential English experience should visitors not miss?

It has to be afternoon tea! We recently launched a Heritage tea, which is served on china designed exclusively for us by Richard Brendon. On the bottom of the plates there is a map showing the trade route. Tea is served in The Library, where you can relax on comfortable armchairs or sofas.

What makes your hotel special?

Our hotel is set in a Grade II-listed building that was originally home to the Port of London Authority, so it played an important part in global trade between the east and west when it was built in the 1920s. It’s a grand building with enormous columns at the front, and a tower on top with a statue of Old Father Thames. We also overlook the outstanding venues of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, UK

What should visitors see outside central London?

Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, located 50 miles southwest, is perfect to escape the city. It’s set in an old manor house on a 300-acre estate, where you can try out country activities such as clay pigeon shooting, long walks and horse riding.

What about romantic ideas?

You can’t beat a couple’s massage in our spa, followed by quality time in the pool. In the evening, enjoy dinner for two at our Michelin-starred French restaurant, La Dame de Pic London.

 

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