Shangri-La Toronto Creates the Ultimate Afternoon Tea Experience

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I personally love luxury hotels that offer exceptional experiences (Who doesn’t?), especially when one of those experiences includes a relaxing afternoon tea. This spring, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, is making tea time even more exceptional, by partnering with Levenswater – an award winning Canadian small-batch premium craft gin distiller in Niagara Falls – to bring guests an amazing Botanical Afternoon Tea.

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The Botanical Afternoon Tea incorporates Spring 34 ingredients, including lavender, chamomile, blood orange, and more, and is served alongside with In-Harmony – a Levenswater based cocktail created exclusively for Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, by its Head Barman, Chris Rail.

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Of course, afternoon tea isn’t complete without pastries, and Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto’s Head Pastry Chest, Jolan Thiry, has created the perfect selection for the season, which includes a coriander crumble and poached apple, a zephyr rosemary panacotta with apple celery gel, a “French 75” tart with lemon and Spring 34 curd, prosecco and lavender meringue, and more.

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Tea is held in the lobby lounge of the hotel which is designed to be an “urban living room”, complete with comfortable sofas, tons of natural light, a beautiful fireplace and an Italian handcrafted Fazioli piano. We were seated by the fireplace where we were first greeted with a glass of champagne before the host showed us our tea options. I picked Ginger Sencha – with warming and soothing qualities of ginger blended with exceptional premium Japanese Sencha. Teraj had the White Rose – a “seductive fragrance of roses and honey accompany this light infusion an uplifting tea to unwind with”. We each had our own pot of tea followed by a plate of cute sandwiches and then a 3 tiered platter of pastries! It was so elegant and super photoworthy!

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The In-Harmony cocktail was the perfect summer cocktail – with gin, elderflower, citrus, hibiscus, and bitters!

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If you are a local, or just visiting Toronto, you will definitely want to stop by for a relaxing afternoon. The Botanical Afternoon Tea is available through May 31, 2019, and is served daily from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tip: If you go after 2:30pm, you can also enjoy live music!

Priced at CAD75 (about USD57), this popular experience requires advanced booking. For online reservations please visit