The English tradition of taking a midday pause to refuel with crustless sandwiches, warm scones, and freshly brewed tea is alive and well in Los Angeles. From posh establishments that follow formalities to local spots that hit all the cozy notes, here now are 14 lovely places for afternoon tea in Los Angeles.Read More
14 Posh Places for Festive Afternoon Tea in Los Angeles
It’s always a good time for warm scones with clotted cream, dainty sandwiches, and freshly brewed tea
The T Room
One of the most affordable options for afternoon tea is the T Room in Montrose. The family-run operation offers tea service for $28, which includes lingonberry chicken sandwiches, warm scones, and plenty of pastries. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Glendale manufactory for Valerie Confections periodically hosts afternoon tea service; the next one is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m. The $65 menu includes fresh-baked scones and cream, finger sandwiches, chocolates, petits fours, and tea. Check the website for the latest dates.
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. Tea is served only on Saturdays & Sundays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; reservations are taken by telephone a week in advance.
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The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Following a three-year closure and an 18-month, $11.2 million renovation, the Rose Garden Tea Room at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is finally reopened. The tea room offers two menus: Traditional Tea ($62) and Huntington Tea ($75). The latter menu includes everything on the Traditional Tea menu along with a glass of sparkling wine and a lobster salad with shaved black truffles. Admission to the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is required for entry.
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 ($40 per child under 12), which is served from Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a plethora of sandwiches like turmeric egg salad and prosciutto di Parma, desserts like a yuzu meringue tartlet, and scones served with lemon curd and Devonshire cream.
Chado Tea Room
Chado serves tea daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with prices starting at $29 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 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 service costs $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.
The Hotel Bel-Air will resume afternoon tea service on Friday, May 12 following a years-long hiatus due to the pandemic. Afternoon tea will be offered every Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. and will be priced at $125 per person. The spread includes a glass of champagne, sweet and savory bites, scratch-made scones with preserves, and a selection of more than 15 loose-leaf teas.
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 & Venue
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 $38 per person and is served on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. Reservations are required. Tea service is also available for takeout.
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 Monday through Sunday at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Reservations are available here.
Additionally, the hotel is hosting a weekends-only “tea party” on the Belvedere Terrace every Saturday and Sunday featuring a DJ, eclectic and antique China and glassware, floral-themed cocktails, tea sandwiches, and more. It’s priced at $95.
Biltmore Los Angeles
With its Moorish carved-wood ceilings, marble fountain, and breathtaking Baroque stairwell, the Rendezvous Court at the historic Millennium Biltmore is quite the place to sip tea and nosh on finger sandwiches. Following a pandemic-related pause, the hotel is resuming tea service on select weekends throughout the year: May 20, 21; June 3, 4, 17, 18; July 8, 9, 22, 23; August 12, 13, 26, 27; September 9, 10, 23, 24; October 7, 8, 21, 22; November 4, 5, 18, 19; December 2, 3, 16, 17.
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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Dream Come True Tea & Party Room
Kids and adults alike will have a ball at Dream Come True Tea & Party Room located in Bixby Knolls. The tea room is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and requires reservations on the weekends. Appetites of all sizes will be satisfied with options to order a la carte or a set menu. The tea for two includes scones with clotted cream and jam, salad or soup, sandwiches, fruit, desserts, and two pots of tea for $57.