Queen Elizabeth has ruled the United Kingdom for 60 years now, and people are celebrating her Diamond Jubilee all over the world. Even in West Hollywood. You can pay homage any time of year by partaking in a proper afternoon tea.
While tea time is a tradition brought over by the Brits, we Angelenos have taken the occasion to a whole new level. If you love tea, sipping champagne, scones, Devonshire cream, petite pastries, strawberries and tiny sandwiches with the crust cut, off tea time is an experience you will be sure find more than pleasing.
Take a look at the best tea time offerings in town and be sure to make a note of which you love the most. It’s hard to decide with all the delicious choices and decadent destinations.
What is your cup of tea? Have a favorite that is not on the list? Tell us in the comments!
The Peninsula Hotel
If you would like to enjoy the most luxurious LA tea time you must make a visit to the elegant Peninsula Hotel located on Little Santa Monica in beautiful Beverly Hills. This particular tea, referred to as the Royal Tea, is often booked weeks out and for good reason.
Let’s start with the classical harpist which sets the stage for a tea time experience graced with musical masterpieces that immediately gets you in the mood for an afternoon of heavenly delight. You are served your special choice of flavorful steaming hot tea…so many wonderful blends to choose from. As you sip and relax, scones with clotted cream and the best cucumber sandwiches in town are served in a truly tasteful fashion.
Champagne, fresh strawberries and simply divine pastries top it all off and there you have the top tea time of all LA. This is an expensive event. Plan to splurge and dress to impress.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Rose Garden Tea Room and Café is surrounded by the beautiful botanical gardens of the historic Huntington Library which are located in the exclusive neighborhood of San Marino near Pasadena. After you have toured the library, taken in the breathtaking art collections, photographs, sculptures and literary works of art, a moment of rest and a sip of tea will certainly hit the spot.
Served in a casual manner, you are offered your choice of traditional English Teas and then escorted to a central buffet where you may devour as many sandwiches, cheeses, fruits and petite pastries as your tummy desires. Scones and cream are served upon request so do keep that in mind in if you are in the mood for some more of England’s tea time treats. No dress code, no reservations needed and affordable for most everyone.
Once you are completely satisfied you then have the opportunity to view acres and acres of magical gardens. It’s like wonderland…truly remarkable. A visit to the Huntington Library Tea Room will enlighten and uplift you in every way. Enjoy.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
When you are at the Four Seasons in any city, everything is perfect. This includes tea time.
Offered in the Windows Lounge which is located in the heart of the hotel, you may order Traditional Tea Time favorites a la carte. For those of you that like to pick and choose THIS is the tea served especially for you. Maybe you love scones but not the mini sandwiches? Or perhaps all you are really looking for is something to satisfy your sweet tooth – a scrumptious assortment of petite pastries, perhaps? As far as the champagne and strawberries… well, this is not an option but mandatory for all serious tea time goers – especially when this is a long-awaited bonding ritual with your best girlfriends. Enjoy the plush surroundings and keep your eyes open for those celebrities who always seem to be there in one capacity or another.
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows
When it comes to old Hollywood and the very best of glamour, The Beverly Hills Hotel is iconic in and of itself.
The minute you step out of your car onto the red carpet that leads to the reception area you feel like an old time movie star. The colors, the draperies, the furniture, the chandeliers – all classic reminders of the days of glitz and opulence, true signs of Hollywoodland and it’s beginnings. When men tipped their hats and ladies subtly revealed their hands beneath a pair of white satin gloves.
Tea is served in the famous Polo Lounge. You may be seated outside on the patio surrounded by voluptuous vines, flowers and greenery. The tea is delicious and offers all the usual treats but have no doubt: the fact that you are actually experiencing Hollywood History is what makes this tea so much fun!
Warning: do not get nervous if you hear whispering in the background for it has been reported many a time that the walls are continually talking. Put on your Sunday best, get ready to walk past a famous person and bring your fancy credit card. Hollywood history don’t come cheap!
The Bel Air Hotel
The newly renovated Bel Air Hotel encapsulates the words “class” and “style” in manner only the legendary hotel could present. This boutique hotel, conservative in its own way, caters to the recession-proof demographic of our great city. Understated for this very reason, the legendary gem is more like Jackie O than Marilyn Monroe. You better make sure you use your very best manners because most of these guests were raised with a silver spoon. The grounds are beyond stunning with their signature swans, lush foliage and romantic wooden bridge which takes you from the valet to the magical world of The Bel Air Hotel.
What makes this afternoon tea unique? Celebrity chef Mr. Wolfgang Puck. He has put his signature twist on all of the old favorites. Included are such delicacies as a Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich, smoked pork belly Wellington, Grand Marnier Cream puffs and sour cherry scones. For an innovative, surprise-filled experience this is definitely your cup of tea.