Pinkies out, everyone—it’s tea time! From the swankiest hotel tea rooms in LA to cozy little nooks you’ll never want to leave, here are the best spots to spend an afternoon having tea in Los Angeles with your kids. The best part? Specialized kids’ menus filled with scrumptious tiny sandwiches and desserts to dazzling magic shows right at your table. LA’s tea scene is one even Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis would envy.
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Langham Huntington Hotel’s Imagine Tea
The gorgeous Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena offers a lovely afternoon tea Mon. through Sat., but the real star of the show takes place just a few times a year. The Langham’s Imagine Tea was created especially for mini tea swillers and magic fans and features junior magicians from the LA’s Magic Castle performing a variety of close-up magic while tykes savor (read: inhale) a special menu of fruit-infused teas, pink lemonade, milk, mini sandwiches and truly to-die-for desserts. A portion of proceeds from the Imagine Tea benefits local children’s non-profit organizations. Make reservations as these special teas fill up quickly.
When: Sun. May 26; Sun. Aug. 4; Sun. Oct. 27; seatings at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $52 per adult, $42 per child (ages 4-11)
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
Getty Villa's Tea by the Sea
As if your family needed another reason to spend a sunny afternoon at the Getty Villa. This special tea takes place in the Founder’s Room which overlooks the stunning Villa through floor-to-ceiling windows where guests (big and small) enjoy a Mediterranean menu of gastronomic delights. Think sweet scones, paninis, tea breads, cakes, tarts, fruits, cheeses and an incredible selection of teas and hot chocolate—all inspired by the Villa’s authentic recreation of its first-century Roman gardens. If you can still move after all this yumminess, be sure to check out the culinary-inspired garden tour by the Getty Villa’s Education Department beginning at 2:30 p.m. that highlights the wonderful things grown in the Getty Villa Herb Garden and the different ways they were used in ancient cuisine and day-to-day life. The museum is always free but don't forget to reserve your parking spot before you go.
When: Thurs. & Sat. at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $44 for adults, $30 for kids 8 and under
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Tea Rose Garden
Old Town Pasadena’s Tea Rose Garden has been serving daily afternoon tea to its loyal patrons for over 20 years. And it’s no wonder fans are ferocious about this spot, as the space is simply cozy, lovely and features every type of afternoon tea you can imagine at various price points and offerings. Among them is the Children’s Afternoon Tea which includes a choice of sandwich (we’re talking total kid faves like PB&J and Stawberry & Nutella), fresh fruits, scones, cream puffs and either lemonade or peaches and cream tea. It’s the perfect place for a special mother/daughter/son afternoon or even for hosting tea party a few of your tea-sipper’s closest pals.
When: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
70 N. Raymond
Peninsula Beverly Hills The Living Room
Picture a classical harpist as you enjoy a glass of bubbly and a delicious scone with Devonshire cream. Relaxing, right? That’s just what you’ll find at Peninsula Beverly Hills’s daily afternoon tea in The Living Room. With roaring fireplaces on either side of the room and comfy couches begging you to linger, you and your young ones are in for a real treat. Afternoon tea includes a fab variety of finger sandwiches, bite-sized pastries and scones, and just about every kind of tea under the sun. You may never ever want to leave.
When: Seatings daily at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Cost: $78 & up depending on the type of tea service you choose.
9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room
Come for the flowers and stay for the tea! Set within the historic and utterly breathtaking Huntington Rose Garden, the Tea Room offers traditional English tea service with a distinctive Cali spin every day but Tuesdays. Tots will devour scones, kid-friendly finger sandwiches, and an array of seasonal desserts, alongside a groovy selection of herbal and Fair Trade teas. Admission to the grounds is required by all guests. Reservations are required and we always think it’s better to book sooner rather than later when it comes to this tourist hotspot.
When: Mon. (closed Tues.) Wed.-Fri. noon –5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Cost: Children's tea is $20; Adults $37 & up
1151 Oxford Rd.
Laduree at The Grove
As evidenced by the constant long lines of people waiting for a table since opening earlier this year, Laduree at the Grove definitely has a certain “je ne sais quoi.” And they even offer an afternoon tea that’s tres magnifique! Daily from 3-6 p.m., Laduree offers a tea time menu featuring a selection of two mini croissants, mini macaroons, two finger sandwiches and one pastry along with your choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. And since there’s a 99% chance your day includes a visit to the Grove with your kids anyway for a Gap run, American Girl outing or movie, you might as well plan on enjoying a cup of Marie-Antoinette and some macaroons on the beautiful patio.
When: Daily, 2-5 p.m.
189 The Grove Dr.
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