No.1 Waitanyuan which is also known as the Former British Consulate building, is fully managed and operated by The Peninsula Shanghai now, diversifying its portfolio of services, facilities and event spaces in one of Shanghai’s most iconic period buildings.
No.1 Waitanyuan is one edifice in the sprawling complex of historical Waitanyuan treasures. Waitanyuan, meaning “Source of The Bund” in mandarin, is a magnificent historical complex located at the northernmost tip of the Bund, Shanghai’s iconic riverside embankment, characterised by world-class period architecture and views of the Pudong business district.
No.1 Waitanyuan is a testament to the history of Shanghai, a reminder of a once bustling commercial port at the very centre of art, culture, trade and commerce. With a blend of European architectural styles, Waitanyuan is a stunning example of early 20th Century Shanghai and includes the former British Consulate Building (1849), the former Consul’s Residence (1882), the former Union Church (1886), former Church Apartments (1899) and the Former Shanghai Rowing Club (1905).
The former British Consulate building, No.1 Waitanyuan, the centrepiece of the historical complex and oldest edifice on the Bund, was listed under Outstanding Modern Architecture in 1994 and a Key Cultural Relic under State Protection in 1995. Painstakingly restored, the complex offers not only a distinguished historical atmosphere, but commands stunning views of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek, with dramatic art-deco facades, glittering modern skyscrapers and the iconic Garden Bridge (built in 1908) all within one perfect vista.
The Former British Consulate building itself offers twelve beautifully restored function rooms, each with its own unique character and architectural style, spread over 3,242sqm and two stories, all set among the original consulate gardens. Hosting countless milestone events by world’s top brands, No.1 Waitanyuan serves a leading event space in the Bund area. Utilised for private banquets and wedding parties, the building offers the perfect setting for special occasions as well as corporate events. No.1 Waitanyan also offers an a la carte restaurant menu for lunch and dinner, and special afternoon tea sets set among opulent interiors of The Balfour. The portfolio of restaurants, spaces and function rooms will be suitable for all occasions, where patrons are able to throw private parties, indulge in afternoon tea sets or enjoy intimate exhibitions or concerts, and organisations may utilise spaces for festivals, garden parties and expositions.
The Bund area is home to a diverse selection of attractions and facilities such as the Rockbund Art Museum and a variety of independent galleries, luxury stores, river cruises and reputable restaurants and bars. Conveniently located, The Peninsula Shanghai and No.1 Waitanyuan link to both Pudong and Hongqiao International airports within just one hour, and the International Cruise Terminal within just 5 minutes.
Starting from 2018, The Peninsula Shanghai presents all new Pan-Asian-inspired menu at The Balfour. Situated in the beautiful heritage surrounds of the Former British Consulate building at No.1 Waitanyuan. The Balfour’s Michelin-starred culinary team has curated extensive menus for both lunch and dinner, including a delightful range of appetizers, entrées and desserts. Explore more