Langham Hotels Celebrates The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a Global Tea Party in June
June 10 also marks the Anniversary of the brand’s signature property, The Langham, London, in 1865
PASADENA, Calif. and BOSTON, Mass. – May 8, 2012 – On June 10, 2012, Langham Hotels around the world will pay homage to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Europe’s first grand luxury hotel, The Langham, London, with a quintessentially British tradition: Tiffin Afternoon Tea. Each Langham Hotel will turn back the clock to 1865, when The Langham, London originally opened, and serve signature Afternoon Tea on June 10 for its original price of 1 shilling, 6 pence (or 15 cents).
In the U.S., The Langham Huntington, Pasadena and The Langham, Boston will celebrate the Jubilee Anniversary Tea on June 10 by requesting that guests wear a hat in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee along with a whimsical touch of pink, The Langham’s signature color. Langham Hospitality Group is also thrilled to premiere its new book about Afternoon Tea, entitled Once Upon A Teatime, which guests will be able to enjoy throughout their tea experience.
The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in the U.K. The Queen came to the throne on February 6, 1952. The original Langham, London, which was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1865, and its sister hotels around the world, are pleased to unveil their special celebrations in June for this occasion.
Anniversary Tea at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
The Langham Huntington, Pasadena will offer its Jubilee Anniversary Tea on Sunday, June 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required and will be accepted only through the hotel’s website. Guests may enter their contact information and the number in their party (parties of 2 or 4 accepted only) for a chance to secure reservations. The hotel will inform guests after May 31, 2012 to confirm if their party’s reservation has been accepted. Please note there is limited seating and the event is expected to fill up quickly.
For guests unable to attend the Jubilee Anniversary Tea event on June 10, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is pleased to continue the celebration throughout the month of June with special tea packages.
To book a package, please dial (626) 568-3900 or visit www.pasadena.langhamhotels.com.
Anniversary Tea at The Langham, Boston
The Langham, Boston will offer its Jubilee Anniversary Tea at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Decorative hats from local Boston-area boutique, Salmagundi, will also be on display for the occasion. The guest wearing the most unique hat will receive Tiffin Tea for four at the opening day tea at The Reserve, a new dining destination set to open this summer within the hotel. Advance reservations are required and can be made starting at Noon EST on Monday, May 21, 2012 by calling 617-956-8765. Reservations for the tea event are limited. All reservations made prior to May 21, 2012 will be upheld at the standard tea rates.
Guests unable to attend the Jubilee Anniversary Tea are welcome to continue the celebration throughout the month of June with special tea packages.
To reserve either of The Langham, Boston’s limited-time tea packages, guests may call 800-791-7761, or visit boston.langhamhotels.com
The Noble History of Afternoon Tea
The luxurious ritual of Afternoon Tea was established in 1840 by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who served it to ward off hunger pangs in the long hours between lunch and dinner. Her personal indulgence grew into an experience to be shared with her friends, and soon a tradition was born.
In 1865, The Langham, London was Europe’s first grand hotel to serve Afternoon Tea. Acknowledged as one of the most elegant and sophisticated of dining occasions, it was served in the Salle À Manger, or general dining room, for the princely sum of 1 shilling 6 pence. Billed as Teas, Plain, the first Afternoon Tea consisted of simple but dainty items including cakes, sweets, bread and butter and, of course, tea.
Today, Afternoon Tea is a brand signature, called Tiffin at The Langham. Consequently, every Langham Hotel around the world offers an authentic Afternoon Tea to celebrate the stately ritual and timeless tradition. Today, Langham Hotels offer traditional Tiffin Afternoon Tea and enchanting hospitality in Auckland, Boston, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Melbourne, Pasadena (Los Angeles) and Shanghai.
About The Langham Huntington, PasadenaCapturing the grace and elegance of classic Southern California, The Langham Huntington is an iconic landmark hotel located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just minutes from downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. A renowned Pasadena hotel since 1907, the property features 380 guestrooms including 38 suites, eight cottages, world-class dining at The Royce and an award-winning spa featuring treatments based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine. For more information, visit http://pasadena.langhamhotels.com
About Langham Hospitality Group
Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hospitality brands which include hotels, resorts, residential serviced apartments, restaurants and spas, located on four continents.
It takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was opened in 1865 as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For almost 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties.
The brands include the luxurious Langham and international five-star Langham Place, the upscale Eaton Luxe, midscale Eaton Smart, the award-winning Chuan Spa, and Yat Tung Heen restaurants.
The Langham is where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is about living the 21st century through design, technology and attitude, epitomizing stimulating and artistic hospitality.
Eaton, a premium member brand, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service.
Currently 28 member hotels are open or in the pipeline across four continents. Langham Hospitality Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd in 1972. Reservations for Langham hotels can be made by logging onto langhamhospitalitygroup.com.
About The Langham, BostonThis elegant property, once the Federal Reserve Bank, is a national architectural landmark. An ideal downtown location, the hotel offers a unique blend of historic charm and urban sophistication next to the finest shopping and attractions including: Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, the Theater District and the waterfront. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Café Fleuri, serves breakfast, lunch, seasonal Saturday Chocolate Bar, and Sunday Brunch under lofty atrium ceilings. BOND restaurant | lounge serves lunch, metropolitan afternoon tea, small plates of global cuisine in the evenings, and distinctive cocktails. Chuan Body + Soul offers guests 24-hour access to the fitness center, an indoor lap pool, a whirlpool and spa treatments based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The hotel has won AAA’s Four-Diamond award. For information on The Langham, Boston, please visit: http://boston.langhamhotels.com