With the Langham Hotel, now open in Chicago, no longer do Chicagoans have to travel across the pond to experience “the real thing” when it comes to traditional afternoon tea.
Yesterday Show Me Chicago thanked Mario Batali for bringing Italy to Chicago. Today we thank Langham Hotels International for bringing the quintessential English style to our city.
The luxury Langham Hotel, located at 330 N. Wabash directly across the street from Trump Tower, occupies the first 13 floors of a 52-story skyscraper.
The Chicago Langham reflects the grandeur of the 5-star Langham, London Hotel, while paying attention to the modern architecture of its Chicago home designed by celebrated architect Mies van der Rohe.
The Chicago Langham’s mid-afternoon tea, called Tiffin, is inspired by The Langham, London which opened in 1865 and was the first Grand Hotel in the world to serve afternoon tea. The sophisticated tea service, with touches of whimsy, offers a pot of tea accompanied by finger sandwiches, scones and miniature pastries.
Honoring its English heritage, The Langham, Chicago’s Executive Chef Anthony Zamora and Pastry Chef Scott Green, have created a special holiday tea menu sprinkled with festive delights accompanied by a glass of Prosecco for their Wonderland Afternoon Tea that is available now through December 31.
The Wonderland Afternoon Tea Menu
- Coronation Chicken Salad, Marcona Almonds, Black Figs
- Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Truffle Remoulade, Candy Cane Beet
- English Cucumber, Red Pepper Butter, Icicle Radish
- Smoked Salmon Rillettes, Roasted Fennel, Lime Salt
- Tea Soaked Raisin Scone
- Cranberry Chocolate Scone
- Served with Jam and Devonshire Cream
- Snow Dusted Chestnut Chocolate Tartlet
- Spiced Gingerbread Molasses Cake
- Icy Peppermint Eggnog Verrine
- Chef’s ‘Tis the Season’ Cookies
The Langham’s tea selection, with more than 20 blends, includes two signature teas, The Langham Blend, a sophisticated twist on a classic English Breakfast and the Palm Court Blend, a Chinese White Tea with hibiscus flowers, rosehip and rose petals. The tea collection also features two offerings from Chicago’s Rare Tea Cellar: a 1982 Vintage Reserve Cave PU-ERH* aged for 25 years, and a 1991 Vintage Cave Aged Oolong*.
Afternoon tea is served in the enchanting Pavilion Lounge on the second floor of the hotel. The Pavilion, as well as the rest of the hotel, was designed with attention to every detail. Even its name, Pavilion was derived from the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe.
Whimsical hand-blown glass pebbles, in two sets of colors, are suspended at varying distances from the ceiling serving as lighting for the Pavilion.
The pebbles (pictured at the top of the post) were designed by renowned Lasvit in the Czech Republic. The design creates a reflective, mirror-like effect inspired by the flow of the Chicago River which runs along the south side of the hotel.
The Langham Chicago has over 1500 masterworks of art throughout the hotel that were carefully chosen to reflect the character of the space. Make sure to see the large contemporary painting by Monique Prieto that is placed over fireplace in the Pavilion as well as the painting in the hall running parallel to the Pavilion by Judy Ledgerwood.
The Wonderland Afternoon Tea is served from November 25-December 31 with seatings daily at 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Afternoon tea is served daily throughout the rest of the year. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (312) 923-7710.
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