Went this afternoon for afternoon tea at new Montage Hotel on Canon in Beverly Hills. Very civilized.
Tea is in the "Lobby Lounge." Nice lounge with sofas. Harp player. Expert and gracious service. Handpainted English-style china.
The best selection of teas that I have seen at a local hotel. The teas are from Algabar on La Brea. The usual gimmicky blended teas, but also honest to goodness real tea such as a first flush Darjeeling, a second flush Darjeeling, etc. There were at least 20 teas on the list.
Food also nice, although too much (we took a lot home). Tea sandwiches, scones and sweets.
Thought it was much nicer than tea at the Peninsula.. Better food and a much better tea selection.
Tip - park in City parking on Beverly Dr., just north of Wilshire, east side of the street, and walk through the courtyard to the Montage entrance, rather than using valet parking in front of the hotel on Canon.