5 Haute Spots to Enjoy Afternoon Tea in LA

If too many episodes of “Downtown Abbey” have influenced you to start carving out time for proper afternoon tea, then we’ve got you covered. From black truffle grilled cheese to beet-filled macarons, there is no shortage of haute spots to enjoy this British tradition—pinkies up.

Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Road


Fit for ladies and gentlemen alike, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant inside the hotel offers a scenic hideaway amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Exquisite fare, such as chicken liver mousse and luscious teas, such as a roasted late summer harvest tea, set the tone as you cozy up to the fireplace and private booths on its al fresco terrace that overlooks a lake garden with roaming swans.

Tres at The SLS Hotel

465 South La Cienega Boulevard


Leave it to chef Jose Andres to add a gastronomical touch with a hint of daring flavors to a tradition as historic as afternoon tea. Guests who visit Tres inside the hotel can bask in the restaurant’s opulent library-like settings, as they indulge on interesting bites such as savory beet macarons with goat cheese filling that are paired with the hotel’s signature blends, such as the Nobo Whole Fruit.

Beverly Hills Hotel

9641 Sunset Boulevard


Take a stroll down historic Hollywood lane in this iconic hotel’s Polo Lounge that features small bites, such as smoked salmon pave, and unique brews, such as Indian Darjeeling with floral overtones.

Soho House West Hollywood

9200 Sunset Boulevard


This private members-only club situated 14 floors above Sunset Boulevard pays homage to British conventions through scones, clotted cream and jam, prosciutto biscuits and other delicate offerings on its high tea menu.

The Peninsula

9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard


A time-honored tradition at The Peninsula properties, this Beverly Hills location offers afternoon tea in The Living Room, where guests are entertained by a classical harpist and treated to an assortment of fresh pastries with a choice of more than 30 different loose leaf teas. For a more luxurious note, the hotel offers The Imperial Tea, which includes a miniature caviar cake and champagne.

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