It’s a bit of shopping and a whole lot of pink that leads to The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai. Here’s why…
After browsing through shops while making your way down a pedestrian walkway, you’ll find yourself at the hotel.
Once there, you’ll see a signature Langham pink London taxi parked outside. You’ll stop and look twice… it’s pink… and you’re in Shanghai, not England!
That’s because the first Langham Hotel opened in London, England. The taxi is one way the Langham in Shanghai stays true to its English roots.
Another is the traditional English afternoon tea, served at the original Langham since 1865 and continues today at the Langham Xitiandi Shanghai…
The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai is located, as the name suggests, in Xintiandi. This area in Shanghai can be defined by cafes, shopping and history- and The Langham is situated in the middle of it all.
When the weather is good, enjoy a cup of coffee outside at the various cafes near the hotel and people watch. Then walk down a pedestrian walkway that contains historical buildings which were once traditional Shanghai homes.
Nowadays instead of homes, these buildings house the cafes and some stores. Although these cafes and stores have now taken the space, you can still see how a traditional Shanghai home would have looked like at the Shikumen Open House museum.
The hotel is also conveniently located right by Huaihai Road, a major shopping road where designer names like Louis Vuitton have their stores. It’s also super close to a Line 10 subway station where you can easily visit other major attractions in Shanghai with just a few stops.
Cachet Lounge, where afternoon tea is held at The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai is located on the ground level of the hotel. The lounge is just a few steps away from the entrance and is slightly elevated by a single step.
Seating forms a slight circle, creating a natural separation between the lobby and lounge area. Huge floor to ceiling glass windows provide ample sunlight and view into a square.
Soft, calming music was playing in the background and I saw a harp in the corner though didn’t hear it being played. Also, a refreshing, gingery scent signature to The Langham lingers throughout the lounge though not too overwhelming. All this combined makes the Cachet Lounge a perfect place to relax after a busy day shopping in the Xintiandi area.
For something unique, order The Langham Tea because you won’t find this tea in any other hotel. The tea, which is made specially for The Langham hotel group is a blend of Indian Assam Darjeeling, Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe black tea and Sri Lankan Uva Orange Pekoe black tea.
Besides The Langham Tea, there’s “Western” teas (like English breakfast, darjeeling, earl grey) and Chinese teas (like Xi Hu Long Jing, Tie Guan Yin, Jasmine).
The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai offers two afternoon tea packages. One changes depending on the season. During my visit, the hotel partnered with Damiani, an Italian jewelry company to create a jewelry box themed afternoon tea package.
The other package is The Langham Afternoon Tea, served year round which comes with a choice of a glass of champagne, tea or coffee.
In this package, comes an assortment of savory items- Iberian Boar ham mini crossaint with coffee butter and mizuna leaves; ganache de foie gras served on spicy soft bread with ice wine gelee and vanilla; fired peppers small “coca” served with onion confit and sardines; petite ciabatta with king crab salad and purple tomato; rye toast with cucumber and smoked turkey breast; savoury scone with marinated scallops and salmon roe.
And the sweet items- British miniature cup cake; The Langham macaroon; orange blossom and chocolate opera cake; fresh seasonal fruits and English vanilla cream tartlets; chocolate and raspberry multi tiered sacher cake; vanilla Chantilly with a rose essence profiterole.
The savory plates-
The scones – (with dried fruit, served warm with clotted cream and strawberry and orange jam)
The sweet plate –
To add to the traditional afternoon tea feel, food is served in a traditional three tiered afternoon tea tray. Scones are served separately from the savory and sweet items, leaving two tiers for the savory items.
From the time doors were held open upon arrival, until exiting through the same doors, you can feel that service at The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai is taken seriously. Several staff were present around the lobby and lounge area ready to be of service. As you walk by, some take the time to greet you while others are ready to answer any questions.
And specifically while having afternoon tea, attentive staff made sure my pot of tea always had hot water in it.
Yes, there is WiFi in the lobby. No password needed to connect.
Social Media Aspect
To cater to locals, The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai is very active on WeChat and Weibo, two of the popular social media platforms in China. Posts are in Chinese.
Have afternoon tea at The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai for a relaxing environment after a day of exploring the Xintiandi area.
And thank you to The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai for giving me some cute Langham pink items- business card holder, teddy bear and pen.
Cost: The Langham Afternoon Tea 280 RMB (about USD $46) per person; note there is a 15% surcharge
Tea Time: 2-5 pm at Cachet Lobby Lounge
The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai
99 Madang Road
Xintiandi, Shanghai 200021, China
Note: I was a guest of The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai for afternoon tea. All views are my own.