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The Best Places for High Tea in Los Angeles

(LA Trend) — Welcome spring at one of Los Angeles’ premier high tea destinations. High tea originated in England in the 19th century and soon became popular among wealthy families in Europe and around the world. A traditional high tea includes the aforementioned pot of tea, scones with clotted cream and jam or preserves, finger sandwiches, and cake or other sweets.

Although high tea was originally served around four in the afternoon, many tea cafes are accommodating diners from mid-morning until evening. Tea cafes fill up fast so be sure to make a reservation, and consider celebrating Mother’s Day with a trip to one of these lovely spots.s

Ye Olde King’s Head

Enjoy tea by the beach Wednesday through Saturday at this classic British pub. Order a traditional British tea with a selection of finger sandwiches, savory bites, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, plus a selection of pastries. Choose from vegetarian or nonvegetarian options plus a selection of specialty teas and coffee. After your tea, head to the pub for a wide selection of imported drinks and specialties from across the pond.

Rose Tree Cottage

This intimate eatery offers a very unique tea experience similar to what you’d get at your fussy Aunt’s house. Dine in their outdoor garden or cozy up in their indoor space while enjoying cucumber sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream, spotted dick, and other British favorites. Be sure to dress your best and don’t forget to visit the gift shop on your way out.

Le Salon de Thé

Enjoy an upscale experience at this popular West Hollywood, reservations-only tea salon. Choose from a selection of open-faced sandwiches, a traditional French chocolate tart, or macarons. Opt for a bottle of bubbly to top off your celebration.

The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Spend the afternoon wandering the grounds of the Huntington Gardens in San Marino, then pause in the picturesque rose garden for afternoon tea. Enjoy freshly-made scones, seasonal desserts, finger sandwiches, and a selection of Fair Trade teas or sparkling wine. Popular items include the Deviled Egg Salad Phyllo Cup and the petite portions for kids’ tea sandwiches. Reservations are required for parties of 4 or more.

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