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LANGHAM HOTELS BUILDS ON AFTERNOON TEA HERITAGE WITH NEW SIGNATURE BLENDS

October 25, 2011

Langham Hospitality Group continues to build on its afternoon tea heritage with the launch of four new tea blends which can be enjoyed in the hotel's elegant surroundings or purchased as a memory of an enchanting stay.

The creation of four specially-created signature blends follows the recent commemorative global afternoon tea party on June 10 which offered this quintessential English tradition at 1865 prices. It also celebrated The Langham's birthday and its place in history as the first grand hotel in Europe to first host the genteel custom of afternoon tea.

New Tea Blends Celebrate Langham Heritage

The Langham Blend – a sophisticated mix of first and second flush Assam, Darjeelings and Tippy Golden Orange Pekoe black teas that have been blended to create a refined and rounded signature tea drinking experience.

Silk Road Blend – is the true height of decadence using the finest Chinese Silver Needle white teas blended with aromatic jasmine and Iranian rosebuds – a truly aromatic and evocative Silk Road experience.

English Flower Blend – The English countryside is brought to life into the elegant surroundings of The Langham. Featuring chamomile, rose petals, elderflowers, heather flowers, lavender and cornflowers, this herbal and floral blend is the perfect tonic for relaxing after-shopping conversation.

Palm Court Exotic Blend – A true English rose with delicate soft pink hues playing homage to Palm Court – the original home of afternoon tea. With its perfect blend of Chinese Fujian white tea: hibiscus flowers, rosehip peel and rose petals, drinkers will appreciate its gentle sophistication.

Paul Walters, Vice President – Brands said: "The introduction of the Langham Tea Blends is a natural innovation and extension of our heritage. We've drawn inspiration from our history and the world of tea drinking. Guests can now take home with them a fond memory and taste of The Langham with a tea blend that matches their taste any time of day."

Afternoon Tea is acknowledged as one of the most elegant and sophisticated of dining occasions. The first afternoon tea at The Langham, London, was served in the Salle À Manger (Now Palm Court) for the princely sum of 1 shilling 6 pence. Billed as Teas, Plain – the first afternoon tea simply consisted of simple but dainty items including cakes, sweets, bread and butter and, of course, tea.

Today, all The Langhams across the globe still offers a traditional afternoon tea that includes scones, freshly made jams, sandwiches and other sweet delicacies with a selection of fine teas. It also continues to be an innovator offering luxury variations including the Tea Royale designed to celebrate the recent Royal Wedding.

The luxurious ritual of Afternoon Tea was created in 1840 by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who served it to ward off hunger pangs in the long hours between lunch and dinner. Soon, her personal indulgence grew into an experience to be shared with her friends. As hostesses started to host afternoon tea events, a timeless luxury institution was born.

The Langham, London's Palm Court
Home to the original afternoon tea
The Langham Blend Tea


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 and the award-winning Chuan Spa.

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, epitomising 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 27 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 Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

Reservations for either Langham or Eaton properties can be made by logging onto langhamhospitalitygroup.com

EUROPE:
The Langham, London

ASIA:
Hong Kong

The Langham, Hong Kong
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Eaton Smart Hong Kong

NORTH AMERICA:
The Langham, Boston
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena
The Langham, Chicago (opening soon)
Langham Place, Resort + Spa, Port St. George, Bahamas (opening soon)

China
The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai
The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai
The Langham, Dalian (opening soon)
The Langham, Shenzhen (opening soon)
Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport
Langham Place, EDZ, Guangzhou (opening soon)
Langham Place, Pazhou, Guangzhou (opening soon)
Langham Place, Ningbo Culture Plaza, Ningbo (opening soon)
Eaton Luxe, Nanqiao, Shanghai
Eaton Luxe, Shajing, Shenzhen (opening soon)
Eaton Luxe, Xuzhou (opening soon)

PACIFIC:
The Langham, Auckland
The Langham, Melbourne
INDIA:
Eaton Smart, New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel
Eaton Smart, Lavasa (opening soon)
Langham Place, Koregaon Park, Pune (opening soon)
Langham Place, Lavasa (opening soon)

Thailand
Langham Place, Phayathai, Bangkok (opening soon)
Langham Place Miora Resort + Spa, Kalim Bay, Phuket (opening soon)


Sherona Shng
Vice President - Communications
Langham Hospitality Group
Tel: (852) 3552 3938
Fax: (852) 3552 3902
Email: sherona.shng@langhamhotels.com
Ainslie Cheung
Director of Public Relations (International)
Langham Hospitality Group
Tel: (852) 3552 3823
Fax: (852) 3552 3902
Email: ainslie.cheung@langhamhotels.com