The English tradition of taking a midday pause to refuel with crustless sandwiches, warm scones, and freshly brewed tea is perfect for getting in the holiday spirit. From posh establishments that follow formalities to local spots that hit all the cozy notes, here now are 13 lovely places for afternoon tea in Los Angeles this holiday season.Read More
13 Posh Places for Festive Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles
‘Tis the season for dainty sandwiches, freshly brewed tea, and pinkies up
Ye Olde King's Head
This beachside British pub hosts tea Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $35 menu covers all the basics from sandwiches to scones and tea. For those who don’t want to commit to the whole shebang, the pub also offers a la carte options.
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The Peninsula Beverly Hills
It doesn’t get more luxurious than afternoon tea in the Living Room inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Prices start at $125 per person and include finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with clotted cream, along with an option for free-flowing Champagne. Tea is served Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Reservations are available here.
The London West Hollywood
The Sitting Room at the London hosts afternoon tea service on Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The experience is $84 per person, or $42 for those under 12. The hotel works closely with Henrietta Lovell, the founder of the Rare Tea Company, to stay true to the British tradition. A live harpist plays on Sundays, and reservations are required.
Chado Tea Room
Chado serves tea daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with prices starting at $25 per person. The shop takes its teas seriously, with more than 200 varieties. Food options include salmon and chicken sandwiches, cakes, and scones. Additional locations can be found in Little Tokyo, Hollywood, and Torrance.
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The Cat & Fiddle Pub & Restaurant
Head to the 40-year-old Cat & Fiddle for a laidback afternoon tea with all the trimmings. Held on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., tea service is priced at $38 per person and includes a trio of classic sandwiches (roast beef, curried egg salad, and cucumber), a sausage roll, orange-glazed scones, and a handful of sweets. Reservations are required.
Rose & Blanc Tea Room
It’s hard to resist Koreatown’s hyper-femme Rose & Blanc Tea Room. Gather a gaggle of girlfriends and settle in for cucumber and dill tea sandwiches, macaroons, scones, and more. Tea service starts at $48 per person and is served on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. Reservations are required. Tea service is also available for takeout.
The Wayfarer Downtown Los Angeles
Afternoon tea takes place in the Wayfarer’s basement bar, Lilly Rose, which is decked out in mood lighting and plush couches. It even has a Zoltar fortune-telling machine and a vintage pinball game. The Alice in Wonderland-themed tea service starts at $50 per person and includes standard sweet and savory offerings. Best of all are the boozy tea infusions, like the Curiouser & Curiouser made with chai tea and rum.
The T Room
One of the most affordable options for afternoon tea is Montrose’s the T Room. The family-run operation offers tea service for $28, which includes lingonberry chicken sandwiches, warm scones, and plenty of pastries. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rose Tree Cottage
Pasadena’s Rose Tree Cottage serves one of the kitschiest and most charming teas in town. Cucumber sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream, and sticky toffee pudding are all meticulously served by a suited butler. Dress codes for gentlemen are politely enforced.
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The Langham Pasadena
With lovely views of San Marino and the hotel’s Horseshoe Garden, afternoon tea at the Langham is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the daintier things in life. On the $75 menu, which is served from Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are a plethora of sandwiches like a truffled egg salad and prosciutto di Parma, well-composed desserts like an apple pear streusel, and scones served with lemon curd and Devonshire cream. Vegan and gluten-free afternoon tea menus are available for an additional $7 per person.
Four Seasons Tea Room
Unrelated to the ritzy hotel chain, this cozy establishment in downtown Sierra Madre boasts friendly service, homemade scones, and a smattering of classic tea sandwiches for $28 per person. Tea is served from Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia
The Le Méridien in Arcadia serves afternoon tea Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $65 per person. This holiday season, the hotel is offering a festive spread that includes cocktails, truffle soup, fig and prosciutto bruschetta, pecan tarts, sticky toffee cake, and more.
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe
The drive to Orange County is never easy, but it’s not too bad when there’s afternoon tea at the finish line. The beloved Sanrio character is hosting a proper high tea in a speakeasy-like space hidden behind the Grand Cafe. Settle into the plush pink booths and get ready for an onslaught of sweets and savories, including a smoked salmon sandwich on a pretzel croissant and a goblet of fresh fruit with coconut cream. Tea is priced at $60 per person and served Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Reservations are a must.