You may not have the budget to replicate Meghan Markle's wardrobe or have the connections to score a lunch with William and Kate, but feeling like a part of the Royal Family is actually quite simple. All it takes is experiencing a beloved British tradition — teatime. We looked to to find the top-rated tearooms and restaurants serving high tea across the country, and pinpointed a few across the pond as well. Just make sure to brush up on your royal etiquette before you take your first sip.
This is nestled in the Drake Hotel — a must-stop destination for anyone wandering along the Magnificent Mile. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana have even paid a visit for afternoon tea, and the hotel hosted a Royal Wedding tea party where guests could catch a private viewing of the nuptials during afternoon tea service.
When in London, do as the Brits do, and track down where Afternoon Tea is served daily, complete with a spread of finger sandwiches and fresh scones. Keep your eyes peeled — the hotel's proximity to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Horticultural Society (a favorite spot of the Queen) could mean a Royal Family sighting is in store.
San Francisco, CA
Break up an afternoon of shopping at Neiman Marcus with an elegant tea at restaurant, which provides an up-close view of the stunning stained-glass ceiling while you nibble on cookies and tarts.
This offers a selection of over 140 teas and tisanes, best enjoyed with a light lunch (creative sandwiches are their speciality), plus locally made desserts like macarons and sorbet.
San Francisco, CA
This on the edge of Noe Valley offers several varieties of tea service to choose from, incorporating a menu of pub fare to satisfy your cravings for British classics like crumpets and meat pies.
Very near to Royal Ascot, where the Queen and Prince Phillip are known to visit for the horse races, this five-star draws visitors who want to experience the English tradition of afternoon tea in The Great Hall. Homemade jam and clotted cream accompany an array of sweets and sandwiches that are almost to pretty to eat. Almost.
Inspired by the tearooms of London, this near downtown Denver hosts baby and bridal showers in addition to offering daily lunch and tea service.
Las Vegas, NV
This atop the Mandarin Oriental hotel boasts amazing views of the Las Vegas strip. Their classic English afternoon tea includes a selection of fine teas from around the globe, accompanied by top-notch treats.
New York, NY
Nestled within New York City's upscale Gramercy Park neighborhood, serves as a chic, urban oasis to have a spot of tea in a modern setting.
Honolulu's Arts District is home to this , serving tasty treats that feature plenty of fresh, local ingredients. Patrons pick out a unique cup and saucer before selecting their tea of choice.
Just because you're drinking "pinkies out" doesn't mean you can't have a bit of fun in the process. The Camby Hotel's invites guests to get buzzed on tea cocktails infused with champagne or other spirits of their choice.
The picturesque grounds of this provide the ideal backdrop for afternoon tea on the terrace, featuring local ingredients from throughout Hampshire.
The St. Regis Atlanta is home to this , where guests can partake in afternoon tea (Friday through Sunday) with a view of the elegant lobby below and dazzling crystal chandelier overhead.
Stony Brook, NY
The decidedly unstuffy feel of certainly doesn't signal a lack of refinement when it comes to the food. Delectable scones, soups, sandwiches, and salads adorn the lengthy menu.
Tea isn't just a drink at this — it's an experience. Premium and reserve teas are served in the form of lattés, "steamers," smoothies and complex mocktails, paired with an array of tasty bites.
The tea parties at this are not the cutesy, childhood pasttime you remember — they're fully decked-out events with any theme you could dream up, from floral garden to hot air balloon.
Treat yourself to a spot of tea and homemade desserts at this in Lancaster County. English favorites like sausage rolls and cottage pie practically transport visitors across the pond.
This provides the full teatime experience, from the flavorful herbal infusions to the dainty tea sandwiches and scones.
Toms River, NJ
What better place to sip a cup of tea than inside a . Visitors take a step back in time as they enjoy a light lunch in the charming setting steeped in history.
Gold Hill, OR
You're bound to try a variety of teas you'd never heard of before when you step foot in this . The Fancy High Tea is a 90-minute experience with all the typical fis — plus fancy hats to wear as you dine.
English charm is in no short supply at this , dating back to the 1300s. The property is located in Cotswolds, where Prince Charles' home, Highgrove, is also situated. The beauty of the Highgrove Garden is mirrored in The Lygon Arms' verdant courtyard, where guests can indulge in sandwiches and pastries, complimented by seasonally themed teas.