It's going to be a dreadfully long time until the third season of Downton Abbey returns to PBS next year. So what's a fan of this absolutely smashing posh period drama to do? Why, take a stroll through English rose gardens finished with a spot of tea, that's what. Or how about a wee bit of shopping at one of the best British clothiers right here in LA? Yes, darling. There is a way to get your Downton Abbey fix without having to watch every single episode another 20 times until the new season hits the small screen. Here's a mini guide on how you can live it up Crawley-style around Los Angeles. Pinkies up!
The Huntington – San Marino
This is the kind of place that would impress even the Dowager Countess of Grantham, that sassy septuagenarian who makes old age seem (almost) appealing. There’s the impressive library, notable artwork and gorgeous gardens, including a three-acre rose garden replete with its own tearoom. The afternoon tea buffet is a bit bourgeois, but we are in America, darling. Kind of impossible for us to pass up on the all-you-can-eat-and-drink experience.
Rose Tree Cottage – Pasadena
For the full English afternoon tea experience head over to Rose Tree Cottage, which promises the “best scones in all of teadom!” Along with the familial setting (proprietors Mr. & Mrs. Fry will personally greet you) and white-glove tea service, there is the English Village shop filled with all manner of British imports from food and teas to fine china, AGA cookers and commemorative knick-knacks. And don’t forget the Barbour boutique, the British country and outdoor clothing brand that’s been outfitting ladies, gentlemen and children since 1894. Lord Grantham would approve.
Tudor House - Santa Monica
This British mainstay on 2nd Street has been serving afternoon tea and lunch for more than 40 years. The tea room is cozy while the shop houses British foodstuffs, whatnots and homemade bakery items like scones, pies and sausage rolls. This is where the housemaids might stock up on some right old English goods should the need arise.
The Langham Huntington – Pasadena
Feeling fancy? Want the creature comforts of a countess? Look no further than the Langham. It’s in Pasadena, but you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Downton Abbey what with the 23 lush acres, divine dining, splendid amenities and top-notch service that embraces the traditions of the original Langham grand hotel of 1865.
ReVamp Vintage – Downtown LA
Love the look of the Downton era but loathe the idea of poring through racks of musty old clothes? Not to worry. Unlike regular vintage shops, ReVamp produces new vintage-inspired reproductions from the 1910-1950 eras for both ladies and gents. All garments are made in-house in Los Angeles in limited runs of 25 garments to create a unique and collectible item that will stand the test of time. So whether you want a simple afternoon cotton dress a la housemaid Anna Bates, a handsome double-breasted vest that cousin Matthew Crowley might sport or a comfy corseted number Lady Mary would love, this place will have you stepping back in time in true era style.
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