Take Up a New Habit After Afternoon Tea At The Peninsula Hotel
Afternoon tea may not be as common a daily ritual in Los Angeles as it is across the pond, but perhaps the British saying, “keep calm and carry on” is. It’s more likely to find an Angeleno drinking coffee behind the wheel than sipping tea in front of finger foods before dinner, and even so, the benefits of the latter are obvious. Shake off the day’s worries and turn away from traffic with a traditional afternoon tea at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Surrounded by the quiet gardens of this upscale hideaway, the Peninsula’s living room is a dreamlike setting to do what will only seem like a faraway luxury at first. But sink into a soft couch as a waiter in a white jacket says hello, and the comfort of the coming feast will be immediate.
Glimpse the many ornate details of this butter-hued room with a glass of champagne in hand. A harpist will be playing nearby – a detail that won’t be lost on you – and the melody will make the arrival of a three-tiered display feel all the more indulgent. Cucumber and house-smoked salmon finger sandwiches, a white sesame macaroon and a lychee tart, and classic and currant scones are just a few of the foods accompanying seasonal preserves made on the property. Place some on a dainty floral plate as your tea cools, like the signature Belvedere or fragrant jasmine teas, and enjoy.
Once the Peninsula Beverly Hills shows you the height of afternoon tea, this may be the beginning of a new, relaxing ritual.