In the basement of The Wayfarer Hotel lies a mysterious hidden gem full of tantalizing ambiance and treats.
The Lilly Rose is an intimate tea parlor by day and a seductive speakeasy by night. Of course, this is no ordinary tea room. Their underground space is decked out in whimsical decors such as their red plush couches, posh ceramic tea sets, Zoltar fortune teller, and vintage pinball machine―all accompanied by dim lighting and colorful stained glass lamps.
We had the pleasure of experiencing their High Tea & Highballs service that offers a selection of warm loose leaf teas, herbal-infused cocktails, and a tower filled with delectable sweet and savory bites. Highlights include their Smoked Salmon finger sandwich made with fresh cucumber and brioche, paired perfectly with their Curiouser & Curiouser spirit filled with chai tea and rum served in a quaint rabbit tea cup that reminds us, “We’re all mad here.”
As you browse your choice of handcrafted cocktails and teas, they’ll let you in on some history. The Lilly Rose tells us that royals often hosted afternoon tea gatherings as a midday event for all to enjoy. It was also a convenient way to allow some snacking in-between lunch and dinner―and don’t mind if we do.
Even with the Lilly Rose’s whimsical ambiance, you’ll certainly feel like royalty at this “not-so-proper” high tea. This Alice in Wonderland-esque service invites you to be their guest and starts at $50 per person. Reservations must be booked 24 hours in advance, RSVP here.
That’s not all they have up their sleeve. Aside from their magical tea experience, the Lilly Rose often hosts incredible events including their monthly comedy shows, trivia night, and live musical performances. They also let us in on a secret and spilled on what’s to come. This Halloween season guests can expect some Spooky Tea with a set menu full of fall treats and other-worldy parties to really set the extravagant eerie mood.
Location: Lilly Rose, 813 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday. Open Wednesday through Sunday 2–6P.M., 7P.M.–2A.M.
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