The Langham, Hong Kong

Are we the only ones who steal a glance at the brand of chinaware used in a hotel, and make a quick judgment of the overall experience based on the label embossed under a tea cup?

During a recent afternoon tea at Palm Court in, this contributor did exactly that. The chinaware is designed by Wedgwood exclusively for The Langham hotels worldwide, which says something about this hotel brands attitude towards afternoon tea.

Those who know their Langhams will know that the original Palm Court is at The Langham London, which has been serving English afternoon tea as early as 150 years ago. The Palm Court at The Langham in Hong Kong is inspired by its London cousin. It was launched in September 2014 as part of the hotels million renovation program, which also covered 230 rooms and suites and the completion of Artesian Bar, another concept inspired by The Langham London.

Langham Hotels also entered a global partnership with Wedgwood to create the "Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood", which features Wedgewood specialty teas in specially-commissioned "Langham Rose" Wedgewood bone china teaware. The Langham in Hong Kong was the first of Langham properties worldwide to launch this Wedgewood afternoon tea experience.

During tea oclock on a Monday afternoon, the lounge was about 70% packed with many tables enjoying the full afternoon tea service. The Wedgwood Afternoon Tea option comes with a choice of 23 different tea varieties, including Wedgewood tea blends and exclusive Langham blends. Pastries and cakes are by Austrian executive pastry chef Reinhard Lackner who started his career at the Burj al Arab.

The Wedgwood Langham Rose teaware collection feels right at home in the contemporary European setting of The Langham Hong Kong, and we wonder if it will feel as right at a more cutting-edge setting like The Langham in Chicago or New York.

The Wedgwood Afternoon Tea is priced at HKD 538 ($70) for two. We found room rates in April at $271 including breakfast and free local use of a pocket wifi device.

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