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Aug 1, 2007 12:05 AM

3 ladies, one afternoon, bev. hills?

Paddington's and Tea Garden have been mentioned, but there's not much web info.

I have two friends visiting tomorrow afternoon. They'll probably show up after lunch but need to leave before 5p.m. After a great experience at the Peninsula's afternoon tea a few weeks ago, I was set to just head there. Sadly, they're all booked.

Where else can I go? In this instance, posh/chic/trendy/cute/pretty/al fresco is important.

$48 at Hotel Bel Air is a little out of range and Barney's Greengrass seems like too utilitarian a space. Not girly enough, if you will.

Afternoon snacks at Clementine is a possibility, but that's becoming an old trick for me. I'd like to impress with something new. Tudor House and Chado might cause us to have to rush due to traffic.

What little gems around Beverly Hills am I missing? Anything on or around Rodeo? Somewhere for iced tea, a few desserts, with lovely sitting area would be perfect.

Even Il Fornaio is looking good. How are the desserts? Or Urth. They might not realize I'm being totally unoriginal if either of those is a lovely space.

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  1. I love the Tudor House, but it's not really for sitting outside or people watching, but rather to appreciate the tea experience and British foods...

    Jack'n'Jill's has a nice outdoor patio with good pastry munchies.

    Champagne Bakery and Cafe on Beverly.

    I prefer the Urth Cafe on Melrose to the one on Beverly.

    You've also got the goofy Fratelli's for a "gourmet donut," and of course, Sprinkles for the cupcake.

    If you head over toward WeHo, you could sit outside at The Abbey (they do have really good pastries and eye candy).

    Little Next Door, Susina, Sweet Lady Jane, Newsroom Cafe (healthier sweets and fare) are in that area too.

    One other idea might be to head over to Brentwood to Amandine or Marina Pastries, as well as Susiecakes over on San Vicente.

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    1. re: Emme

      No no NO to Sweet Lady Jane. The cakes are nothing special, and the attitude is terrible. Worst service and rudeness in LA! Not Sweet, and DEFINITELY no lady!

      Keep in mind, the Anney is a gay bar. I love it, but I have some family members I can't take there, because they are prejudiced. Just a head's up.

    2. THE BLVD at the regent beverly wilshire is quite nice and a little pricey, but in line with tea at the PENINSULA. they have terrific jazz on wednesdays starting at 5pm. you can sit outside or in and they do have a dessert menu. reservations recommended.

      1. Four Seasons Hotel or Raffles L'Ermitage both may fit the bill. The Ivy on Robertson is overrun with paparazzo, but may also work for your group.

        There's a cafe at Two Rodeo adjacent to Tiffany & Co. - very popular with the tourists.

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        1. re: J.L.

          What's the setup at the Regent? :I called a few weeks ago and they no longer serve a formal afternoon tea. Is there still a cafe or lounge?

          And agreed with above: Sweet Lady Jane is not worth considering.

          1. re: Pei

            no tea at the REGENT. THE BLVD has breakfast, lunch, dinner, kids, dessert, weekend brunch and bar menus.

        2. How about Coupa Cafe? Ised to work up in Palo Alto and LOVED the one up there? Great little sandwiches, chocolates, desserts and coffee drinks...with a South American flair!

          1. I really enjoy Prego on North Camden Drive. Whether for lunch or just desserts, it's casual but nice, much nicer and much better than Il Fornaio. Or for start sightings how about The Grill in the Alley, where the desserts are decadent, though the setting isn't exactly girl-y? For outdoor seating, how about the spot at the top of Two Rodeo drive called 208 Rodeo? They have a nice patio and make great martinis and also have nice desserts. That might be just the spot. Have fun.