BEHOLD, the most darling experience one may encounter in the city of Los Angeles – High Tea at the gorgeous and grand Langham Hotel in Pasadena. Pull up to the hotel to find 23 acres of meticulously manicured grounds, historic ballrooms, resplendent restaurants, and sun drenched terraces fit for royalty. And during your visit, whether that be for and evening or two or an hour or two, royalty is certainly what you become. High Tea has been a Langham Hotel tradition since the first Langham Hotel opened in London on June 10, 1865; at the time it was the first luxury hotel in Europe to offer afternoon tea. The tradition has carried on through the centuries (yeah, centuries) and lives on everyday from 12 noon to 4 pm inside the Langham Lobby Lounge.
High Tea is no High Tea without tiny sandwiches, miniature treats, and more obviously a variety of high quality tea. I’ve been a fan of High Tea for many years; I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where having afternoon tea at the Fairmont in San Francisco or at the top of Nieman Marcus with friends or my mom was the ultimate girly treat. I’ve sought out “proper” places to have High Tea in Los Angeles and truthfully, so far nothing hails in comparison to the traditional and absolute perfection, the perfection that makes you want to cuss it’s so perfect, that comes with having “afternoon tea with Wedgwood” at the Langham. Between the sandwiches that not only look pretty but taste pretty, the scones that are begging be smothered in Devonshire cream, the adorable floral tea sets, the mini desserts that are almost too precious to touch let alone eat, and the sounds of a live piano softening the atmosphere… expect nothing but a room full of smiles and sheer delight.
Afternoon Tea is clearly something that is most appreciated by those of a more feminine nature, but honestly, not many people would be turn and run from tea, that view of the Langham grounds, or delicious sandwiches. It’s just a meal, not a manicure. Tea at the Langham is perfect for a girls afternoon out, or something to do with your mom, but dudes, trust me your mancard won’t be revoked if you want to join in too. If you’re going to have High Tea in LA, and if you’d like to do it right, have it at the Langham Pasadena. They’ve only been doing it for over a hundred years, no big deal.