Assorted pastries and finger sandwiches are served on tiered towers. Loose leaf teas are poured and champagne pops periodically as guests clink their teacups and champagne glasses. Transport to classic British high tea at The Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria with a Las Vegas twist.
"The consumption of tea is widely observed to be a marker of British national identity, both within and beyond the United Kingdom. This signification for the habit of imbibing the infusion of a desiccated foreign leaf was forged during the eighteenth century, a period when (almost) all tea in Britain was sourced from China," according to Richard Coulton as mentioned in Knowing and Growing Tea: China, Britain, and the Formation of a Modern Global Commodity.
The lounge offers loose leaf herbal, green, black, oolong and artisanal blends. Enjoy a masala chai with fresh ground spices, the organic lychee green or one of the many other loose leaf tea options available.
Drink to health with each sip of tea. According to the NIH National Center of Biotechnology Information's National Library of Medicine, "Consumption of tea, in particular green tea (GT), has been correlated with low incidence of chronic pathologies in which oxidative stress has been reported to be involved, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases."
The NIH mentions that teas are also packed with polyphenols which, "have been reported to possess antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory activities; modulate detoxification enzymes; stimulate immune function and decrease platelet aggregation."
Clink tea cups in style at high tea on the 23rd floor of Waldorf Astoria. The Tea Lounge offers views, elegance, globally sourced teas and tasty pastries and bites.
Photography by: Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria; unsplash.com/Alice Pasqual