London at Canary Wharf
Located on the Thames is Tate Modern’s sister gallery, Tate Britain, which features British art since 1500. The museum has a peerless collection of works by J.M.W. Turner, the 19th-century master of the atmospheric effects of light, and the prints of William Blake, the Romantic poet and print-maker who was influential in both literature and art.
On London’s South Bank, the Royal Festival Hall and its two smaller chamber venues are London’s premier concert halls, as well as the home of the London Philharmonic and Philharmonic orchestras. The Hall also hosts programmes of jazz, world music and dance. One of the busiest buildings on the river, it’s worth dropping into for a drink or a meal—it hums with visitors whether or not they’re attending performances.
Of Pints and Pubs
Not far from Four Seasons, The Gun has stood by the river since the 18th century. It’s a great place for a pint of beer and a pint of shrimp. Celebrated chef Gordon Ramsay has opened a riverside pub in nearby Limehouse: The Narrow. The menu ranges from old English classics like “bubble and squeak” to modish combinations of beetroot and blue cheese—but so are the artisan ciders and beers, especially Adnams’ copper-coloured Yuletide ale.
London is noted for its tailors, especially those on Savile Row, but it’s a long schlep to Mayfair. If you’re pressed for time, Four Seasons Concierges will arrange for a Savile Row tailor—armed with tape measure and fabric samples—to visit you at the Hotel, so you can be measured for a custom-made suit in the privacy of your suite.
East End Market Tours
Be sure to check out Old Spitalfields market, the Columbia Road Flower Market and Brick Lane Market for East London’s quintessential weekend experiences.