Afternoon tea is not just a time for tea and scones in the former British colony of Hong Kong; it is an age-old institution – a long-established time to slow down, and meet friends. For generations, Hong Kong matriarchs have been coming to the mezzanine floor of the Mandarin to watch moments pass at the Clipper Lounge. It seems as though this classic 1960s lounge is a cut above the rest. But really, what makes it so special?
An answer is not too difficult to find. As soon as you settle down onto the plush seats overlooking the quiet lobby, you feel as though the clock winded back to the elegant 1960s. The dark wood accents, golden wall reliefs, deep brown emperador marble walls, and cascading chandeliers recreate that bygone era before your very eyes. Nostalgia has somehow taken tangible form. The grandeur of the past is now easily accessible through the glass doors of Hong Kong Island’s grand dame.