Looking for the best Afternoon Tea experience in Los Angeles? Look no further than the Langham hotel in Pasadena!
The tradition of Afternoon Tea is an important signature of The Langham brand worldwide. Its first hotel, The Langham, London, opened on June 10, 1865 and it was the first luxury hotel in Europe to serve afternoon tea. To carry on this tradition, every The Langham Hotel around the world serves afternoon tea on a daily basis.
Guests can enjoy a bespoke version of the afternoon tradition – “The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood” – serving Wedgwood specialty teas in tailor-made “Langham Rose” Wedgwood teaware.
Enjoy a selection of savory tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and jam, fruit tarts, French macarons, mini-cakes, cookies and more. The atmosphere in the Lobby Lounge is breathtaking with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering picturesque views of The Horseshoe Garden and San Marino. Bridal shower tea parties are available and the hotel also offers a children’s tea selection.
Dating back to 1865, English Afternoon Tea is credited to the Duchess of Bedford. The legend says that the first lady to enjoy ‘afternoon tea’ was Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who lived at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and was lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria.
The Duchess of Bedford is said to have experienced a ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the afternoon one day and asked her footman to deliver all the tea making equipment with some bread and butter to her private room. She found this new meal so satisfying and enjoyable that she soon started inviting her special friends to join her for ‘afternoon tea’.
Even when she went to stay with her aristocratic friends in their manor houses, she took her own kettle and tea making items with her so that she could continue her afternoon parties when she was away from home.
The simple platefuls of bread and butter that first accompanied afternoon tea developed into much more elaborate selections of sandwiches, scones, muffins, cakes, biscuits, gâteaux and fruit desserts.
Founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood, Father of the English Potters, Wedgwood designs and delivers premium, dynamic and distinctively English home and lifestyle products that delight today’s discerning and aspirational consumer. For 250 years the Company has upheld its reputation for the quality, craftsmanship and exquisite design of its tableware, giftware and tea ware and its products have been the choice of many of the world’s prominent households. They also hold the prestigious Royal Warrant as supplier of Giftware and Tableware to Her Majesty the Queen.
Wedgwood and tea are intrinsically linked, starting with the use of Wedgwood teaware by Queen Charlotte of England in the mid 18th century.
This teaware had been specifically designed for the drinking of tea which had become popular among the royal households of Europe.
The trend of tea drinking spread to the Aristocrats and Upper Classes of England and the Duke and Duchess of Bedford became collectors of Josiah Wedgwood’s teaware. In the mid 19th century the Duchess of Bedford starts the Afternoon Tea craze.
The Wedgwood Tea Collection has been selected with integrity and care by the Wedgwood Master of Tea and harvested at precisely the right moment to capture the unique natural aromas and flavours of each individual tea garden.
The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood is held 12:00pm to 4:00pm Monday to Friday and 11:00am to 4:00pm Saturdays. The Langham Chocolate Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood is held 11:00am to 4:00pm Sundays.
For more information, visit http://www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/pasadena/dining/afternoon-tea-with-wedgwood/.