In London, The Langham is a name as charismatic as that of Sherlock Holmes. Since 1865, The Langham has enchanted hotel fans across the globe with its legendary service and poise as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’.
Throughout a 150-year history of glory and grace, distinguished guests like Queen Victoria, King Edward the VII, Somerset Maugham, Diana, Princess of Wales visited The Langham, leaving a myriad of stories that enhance its reputation as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world.
Stepping into the hotel lobby, guests are immediately greeted by the silk-covered reception backdrop, which is strewn with ceramic pieces of the "Langham rose”.
Between the roses Artist Tian Xiaolei’s digital art series A Journey to Huizhou is embedded into the wall. In the constant motion of ink and wash, the fascinating landscape and traditional architecture of Huizhou, a poetic name for the Anhui province, are being vividly displayed to the coming guests.
The artwork’s innovation lies in its approach of endowing the lobby with a sense of fluidity, as the video panels serve as windows open to the eternally changing scenes.
Feng Shui, literally wind-water, is an ancient Chinese philosophy essential to the location and structure of traditional buildings. The sculptural artworks created by Artist Feng Qie drew inspiration from this concept found in Huizhou architecture. Through creating a sculptural flowing river in the front, and a high mountain in the back, this creates a favorable "Feng Shui" according to traditional legends.
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“When the clock strikes four, everything stops for tea.”
The Langham was generally believed to have first introduced the tradition of English afternoon tea into the hotel, and admirably transformed the lounge into an elegant salon for the upper class ever since.
To enhance the English atmosphere in the lounge, we commissioned Artist Xie Linhui to create Splendor, a set of two large-sized paintings that remind viewers of a splendid English royal banquet.
The classic British lifestyle is unmistakably exhibited in photographs, paintings and drawings hung on the walls of Whisky bar.
All Day Dining Restaurant
In the All Day Dining restaurant on the second floor, the British grace temporarily gives way to the Spanish ebullience.
In the series of Modernist paintings influenced by Piccaso, exaggerate figures, collision of warm color plates, strong and expressive strokes, all are combined to create an atmosphere of abundance in the dining hall.
Corridor to the Ballroom
Walking along the hotel corridors, guests are accompanied by the painting series Misty Huangshan by Artist Yuan Zeng.
Tints of pale green, light gold, and gray colours are applied to depict the hazy effects of mountains in the mist, while splashes of black and gold boldly collides to bring out the rough textures of the ountain's rocks, raising a dramatic and unrestrained spirit.
Champagne gold-themed paintings are placed in the Bridal room, to enhance the joyful ambience with their golden flowers and dazzling light.
Guest Room Corridors
The art story in the guest room corridors depicts ever-shifting scenes of Mount Huangshan, a legendary mountain nearby. Bronze wires adorn the outlines of the rolling mountains, reinterpreting the delicate beauty of Chinese landscape.
Bird in the Forest, a sculpture created by Vantaly's Art Director Wang Jing, captures the motion of a joyful bird in flight in its minimalist abstract form.
Also themed around Anhui's local culture, paintings in the guest rooms depict scenes of Anhui's villages in warm and dreamy colours, a nod to The Langham's signature pink-coloured stationary.
This artistic journey concludes at the presidential suite.
It is widely believed that Anhui Province was the cradle of "Four Treasures of the Study", namely brush, ink, paper and ink stone used in Chinese calligraphy. We emphasize such “scholarly atmosphere” in the making of artworks, which are to be appreciated closely as delicate ornaments in the study of the presidential suite.
Inspired by the landscape scrolls and porcelain vases frequently seen in a scholar’s study, Artist Lin Tianqing created Landscape Flying into the Vase. Using the medium of ceramic, Lin “painted” a landscape in a vase outlined in stainless steel, therefore materializing the uncommon idea of “landscape flying into a vase”.
The Presidential suite is transformed into a cozy and private place by artworks created by Vantaly Studio, whose orginal pieces convey warmth and care to the guests.
As great heroes are often accompanied by legendary horses in the Chinese culture, royal horses also make an integral part of British aristocracy.
Artist Wu Wencai's bronze sculpture titled The Langham Horse captures the dramatic moment when a galloping horse stops at the entrance of Langham hotel, bringing the distinguished guests from afar to experience the best possible hospitality the world has to offer.