Join the celebration featuring opera singers, culinary lessons, and more.

By Andrea Romano
June 09, 2020
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Courtesy of The Langham, Chicago

Langham Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 155th anniversary with a 24-hour tea party.

The “Celebrating 155 Years: The Langham 24-Hour Afternoon Tea Party,” is a global event that will be held online on Wednesday. Not only is this the perfect time to enjoy a refined afternoon tea, the event will feature performances, cooking guides, calligraphy tutorials, luxury suite and destination tours, wellness tips, and more.

Special guests who will make an appearance include professional opera singers, authors, master chefs, illustrators, and The Langham hotels’ very own staff and leaders.

“We wanted this special livestreaming event to shine some positivity during a year that has seen such difficult and, oftentimes, painful moments for so many,” said chief executive officer of Langham Hospitality Group, Stefan Leser, in a statement. “Our colleagues at The Langham hotels have been creating original video content on social media since the beginning of the pandemic, and we just wanted to share their creativity and positive energy with all our guests, travel partners and members of the public on this milestone anniversary.”

The afternoon tea is a particularly fitting way for The Langham to celebrate its anniversary, since it was the “first to serve it back in 1865” when the hotel first opened in London, according to Vivienne Gan, vice president of communications at Langham Hospitality Group. At the time of its opening, it was the largest and most modern hotel of its kind, and now it has locations all over the world.

There are many planned segments for the event, which will go live at different points based on their time zones. These segments include pre-recorded tours of Haining, China and Melbourne, Australia. Child attendees will also be treated to an afternoon tea etiquette lesson by Nancy Hoogenboom (Daily Etiquette), while everyone can enjoy a traditional pastry making session with Master Chef Kwong Wai Keung, a visit to the famous Rose Garden, a birthday rendition by soprano Stacey Alleaume of Opera Australia, an hour long virtual Wigmore Pub Quiz, and special tea tutorials. There will also be many art classes including calligraphy, engraving, photography, and illustration.

“Even though we are honoured to have such a fantastic line-up of professional artisans in their respective fields headlining this online celebration, we are equally proud to have so many of our own talented Langham colleagues participate in a multitude of segments as well,” said Gan.

The whole event kicks off on Wednesday, June 10, in Melbourne and Sydney at 2 p.m., Australian Eastern Standard Time. There, it will move on to Hong Kong, Mainland China and Jakarta, and then to the U.K. and North America, keeping with the local time zones so everyone can enjoy the afternoon livestream in the actual afternoon, wherever they are.

To watch, visit the Langham Hotels & Resorts Facebook page, WeChat (TheLanghamHotels) and Weibo.