Tea and Crumpets: The Top 5 Afternoon Teas in Los Angeles

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If you fancy some good old-fashioned English tea and crumpets, here are the top 5 hautest spots in Los Angeles where you’ll feel like Royalty when you drink it!

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1 The Peninsula

Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is a supremely elegant event. You'll sit in the hotel's Living Room and offered freshly sliced strawberries, whipped cream and a savory caviar cake while being serenaded by a classical harpist. You'll then have your choice of 18-loose-leaf teas and a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne; you'll also receive a traditional Peninsula Page “Cap Cake” to take home. Sweets include Cassis Macaroon Disaronno Opera Cake, Rum Raisin Madeleine Brown Butter Apple Tarts and Thyme Shortbread Scones.
9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (310) 551-2888

2 Hotel Bel-Air

You'll certainly feel like Royalty after enjoying the Royal Tea at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air. Savory bites, fresh baked scones with homemade preserves and a selection of sweets accompany a choice of more than 15 loose leaf teas. The menu features Sourdough “Grilled Cheese” Sandwich with Gruyere and Smoked Shallot Marmalade; Applewood Smoked Pork Belly “Wellington;” Grand Marnier “Cream Puffs" and Sour Cherry Scones. The "Royal" option includes a glass of Henriot 'Souverain' Brut. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air offers afternoon tea on Friday and Saturdays, 3pm – 4pm, for $60 per adult and $36 per child.
701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077 (310) 472-1211

3 Tres by Jose Andres

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As with everything Jose Andres does, his afternoon tea at the SLS Hotel is a playful twist on a traditional tea. Savory items include cucumber, goat cheese and "tomato caviar" caviar, steamed buns, creme fraiche peanut butter & jelly sanwiches and beet macaroons with goat cheese. Unconventional sweets include mint chocolate "After Eight" pink lemonade pate de fruit, rice crispy bon bon chocolate tablets and chocolate pop rocks. The tea is available daily from 3 - 5 P.M.
465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (310) 246-555

4 The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

You can't get more traditional than the afternoon tea at the Langham, as the first of the Langham properties opened in England. The hotel serves savory tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream, fruit tarts, mousse torts and crème brûlées. The hotel also serves a Chocolate Tea, which includes the same elements as its Afternoon Tea, but all with the essence of chocolate. A chocolate fountain is the focal point of the tea, with surrounding chocolate sculptural art. Beverage choices include Kir Royales, Champagne and, of course, tea.
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 568-3900

5 Montage Beverly Hills

The beauty of the Montage tea is that there are so many options. A special Holiday Tea is offered from Nov. 22 - January 5, which is served with holiday stollen. The Royal Tea includes six sandwiches, two scones and three pastries like spiced apple profiterole and raspberry-yuzu Napoleons, as well as a variety of teas served in hand-painted china by porcelain artist Lissi Kaplan. There is also an option for men called the Gentleman's Tea, which includes Scotch, house sliders, pie and cake. Pretty perfect, we think.
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 860-7800
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