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Aug 16, 2011 10:56 AM

Afternoon Tea - where is most similar to Langham, Pasadena?

I'm looking for an afternoon tea for my mom's upcoming b'day that's most similar in style and quality as the Langham, Pasadena.

What we like about it: the relaxed, but polished service. The comfort of the room. The endless pot of tea. I find the sandwiches, scones, and cream to be adequate. It's the overall experience which keeps me returning.

Last year, I took her to the London - and while the tea service was fine - it was not as enjoyable to us as our Langham experiences (service was a bit lacking and the room, while beautiful in it's own right, it felt cold and a bit stiff vs. relaxing).

I looking for a relaxing and warm/inviting type of experience.

We've also been to: The Peninsula, Millennium Biltmore (downtown), Hotel Bel Air, Huntington Library, and Scarlet Tea Room. Of those - I'd say the Peninsula was the closest to the Langham.

Is there anything else I'm missing? We haven't gone to: SLS, Rose Tree Cottage, or Montage.... and am open to all ideas and suggestions.

Thanks in advance!

Edit to add: I would have taken her to The Langham - but they are all booked for a private party.

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  1. I haven't been but I wonder what the afternoon tea is like at the Pink Palace (aka The Beverly Hills Hotel) on Sunset? It's served every day from 2:30 PM until 5 PM (except for Sundays when it starts at 3 PM) and it done indoors in the Polo Lounge. $40 pp (or with champagne $55 pp) plus tax and tip.

    Beverly Hills Hotel
    9641 W Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    1. stiff/cold/etc. at Boxwood? Then you'll probably not enjoy Tres @ SLS very much.

      IMO, SLS's food far surpasses anything served at the Terrace/Palm Court. It is really, really impressive, but not in a convivial British high tea kind of way. Think: super chic, still drunk rap stars, lots of Asians with SLRs at the table.

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      1. re: TonyC

        Well, I actually took my mom to the SLS for afternoon tea and while the food was *maybe* conceptually interesting, there was such an incredibly tiny amount of it (not only tiny portions but very few of them) I'd never left a restaurant so hungry before. It was embarrassing and I felt bad for my mom, who was also hungry afterward. And it didn't feel that classy, despite our gorgeous surroundings, because the food was so dinky and minuscule; it felt cheap.

      2. I haven't been to the Langham's tea, but the afternoon tea at the Montage Beverly Hills is a very old-time classic kind of tea. Lovely service, very relaxing, and the food is fine. My grandmother loved it, so it might be something your mom would like.

        Rose Tree Cottage is very classically British. It most reminds me of actually going to a tea house in England, completely with doilies and cats. It's very nice, but it's not really the hotel afternoon tea experience I think you're looking for.

        I used to really like the London's tea, but it went through a management change a few years ago, and I don't think it's been the same.

        Rose Tree Cottage
        801 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

        1. The Four Seasons Tea Room in Sierra Madre has a warm ambiance and seems to fit what you're looking for. Be sure to get some scones if this is the place you choose!

          Four Seasons Tea Room
          75 N Baldwin Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

          1. My mom & I like Rose Tree Cottage best after also sampling the Huntington, Hotel Bel-Air & Tudor House. Rose Tree is cute, cozy, very English, and has a truly bottomless pot of good black tea. Very tasty food as well. I seem to recall their reservation system was a bit tricky, had to call on a certain day between certain hours. It's been a few years since we went.

            Hotel Bel-Air
            701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90077

            Tudor House
            1403 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Rose Tree Cottage
            801 S Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105