Celebrate the Royal Wedding Without Traveling

Opt for high tea over a long flight.

By Kathryn O’Shea-Evans

If your invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 nuptials got lost in the mail, consider celebrating Stateside instead with a proper British tea. We’ve rounded up three spots around the country where you can enjoy a cuppa in honor of the royal wedding.


In the LoDo neighborhood of Denver, British expat Jessica Avery runs The House of Commons (2401 15th St., Suite 170; 303-455-4832; afternoon tea for two, $52*). Afternoon tea arrives with assorted finger sandwiches, Scottish shortbread, petits fours baked on-site, Devonshire cream, lemon curd and bottomless cups of your brew of choice, such as Scottish Breakfast.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles insiders know to book the Getty Villa’s Tea by the Sea (17985 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310-440-7300; afternoon tea for two, $78)—held Thursdays and Saturdays at 1 p.m.—far in advance. The prep is well worth it: Lemon raspberry tartlets and tea sandwiches, such as prosciutto and strawberry on brioche, are only part of the pleasure. The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows let in full-length views of Roman-inspired gardens. Plus, each ticket includes a garden tour focused on the herbs, vegetables and fruits grown on-site.

New York City

Having served afternoon tea for 27 years in New York City’s West Village, Tea & Sympathy (108 Greenwich Ave.; 212-989-9735; afternoon tea for two, $76) is an institution. Cozy teapots line the dining room, there’s an extensive list of British-staple tea options (PG Tips, Typhoo and Yorkshire Gold), and ingredients are flown in from the motherland, including clotted cream and U.K.-produced Cadbury chocolate for cake. “Everything about the restaurant is very British, and we even deliver some of our catering in a London taxi,” says owner (and British expat) Nicky Perry.

Bonus: At Home

If you decide to host your own tea party, one tip from Perry: Don’t use lukewarm water from a coffee machine. Instead, go for “freshly drawn water brought to a rolling boil,” she says. “Heating water with tea in a microwave makes for ‘tea soup,’ with a horrible flat stewed taste.” This is a celebration, after all—it’s worth the extra effort.

  • *Estimated meal prices do not include drinks, tax, or tip.
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  • Published: May 2018