Ten Trinity Square Club
10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
WLC Rank : 9
Glass from : £ 10 (125 ml)
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The Club is located towards the top of the Beaux-Arts building, once home to the Port of London Authority. The location featured in Skyfall and The Fast Saga (Fast & Furious stint off: Hobbs & Shaw), and The Crown season three.
Wine prices have softened here by 20% in recent months, “making it much more attractive to use day-to-day, with plenty of villages Burgundy now under £100,” says Jan Konetzki, the dapper Ambassador for Artemis Domaines and adviser for exacting Douro mainstay, Dirk Niepoort. “We wanted to ensure members feel an extra bit of love with each glass and bottle they order.” In addition, the playlist feels less like “spa music” now, “with our own tune which is jazzy and upbeat at night.”
Other news includes the appointment of a dynamic new general manager, Lisa O’Rahilly, whom Konetzki notes is well-prepared to look after the most discerning of guests having worked for Four Seasons for a decade, “setting her up nicely to manage our petit Club.”
Cared for by a team of three sommeliers, including Michele Fazari and Damiano Dionori, is a dazzling collection of thoroughbred bottles, magnums, double magnums, jeroboams and imperials from the Artemis stable at the Club (Bordeaux chateaux, Latour back to 1939 and Siaurac; Grillet in Condrieu; Domaine d’Eugénie and Clos du Tart in Burgundy, and Eisele, Napa)
Alongside, dishes are authored by the masterful Anne Sophie Pic whose two Michelin-starred restaurant, La Dame de Pic is on the ground floor. Alongside, expect regular international menus, including, to complement New World wines, a seasonal lunch menu featuring kumara sweet potato tartelette, and potjiekos south African lamb hot pot.
Konetzki, formerly of the three Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, continues to realise a fascinating calendar of events for the Club’s 800 members, drawn from finance, law and insurance – as well as plentiful entrepreneurs. One occasion was the evening of tea-pepped cocktails, including jasmine pearl-infused martini with “Tea Lady”, Henrietta Lovell, during which she compared the impurity of current London cocaine to tea during the Second World War, “which put people straight on their chairs!” Another saw the writers of Netflix’s Sex Education talk about the process of rejection in getting script to screen, “and how adults enjoy getting an update on the ‘S’ topic,” with a reception of Delamotte Champagne. More vinously-focused topics include, in the Discovery Room, Discovery nights, such as the tasting proving that age-worthiness of Viognier, with 2005 Château Grillet, near Burgundian in weight, matched with saffron risotto and langoustines.
When not at 10 Trinity Square, Konetski ordinarily headlines the PX festival, a hospitality-focused weekend in its third year for people “who dedicate their lives to the culinary experiences of others.” He is also a regular surveyor of media, catching “the late-late American TV shows.”
During the lockdown, Konetzki used zoom “instead of my bathroom mirror,” and Coravin “more than my Laguiole.” He also learned “how bad the structure of our industry is, resulting in attempting to do my part of change it.”
Incidentally, although expertly tailored day-to-day, it may come as a surprise to learn of a job Konetzki did many years past. “Escaping a rude baker boss, I worked as a party promoter for Super Paradise, Mykonos.” Approximating Apollo, the gold-painted Konetzki (with dyed blonde hair) would hand out flyers from a movable throne!
By Douglas Blyde.