Wednesday, August 10, 2011
China Tee Club
Since 1932, this HongKong Institution has been a central meeting and eating place for all sorts of people. It is a members only club and yesterday I was privileged to be invited there for lunch. It has fabulous tiling on floors and walls, period light fittings, potted palm trees, marble tables and overhead fans. It is truly magnificent and I am so glad I got to vist...because at the end of September it is closing down. The historic building in which it is located has been bought over and is to re-open as... Abercrombie and Fitch, of grungy tee shirt fame. What a travesty! No-one seems to know what the future holds. The other businesses in the building will probably relocate elsewhere, but how do you recreate such period authenticity elsewhere? I think it's impossible, any other location will simply be a pastiche. A real shame.