A lifelong tea aficionado, I search out afternoon tea venues wherever I go. Sometimes I find a quaint tearoom, sometimes a posh hotel. The Langham Huntington, a grand hotel at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, has been a southern California landmark for more than a hundred years. (Just thinking about it makes me start writing in my formal "magazine" style! Must stop!)
Once on property, it's hard to believe you're so close to the city and just 26 miles from LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). The Lobby Lounge, with panoramic garden views, provides the perfect setting for a traditional British-style afternoon tea on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The extensive tea selection and sophisticated menu rival that of Langham’s flagship hotel in London. (Oops, there I go again! Just can't be "blog casual" about this place!) The savories and sweets are miniature works of art, too pretty to eat but too delicious not to! For reservations, call 626-585-6218 (1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena).
For tea at home, see: How to Make a Proper Cup of Tea and Tea and Scones. Also, my guest post at Anglotopia, The Ultimate Anglophile's Complete Guide to Afternoon Tea.