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Timeless Tradition in Victoria, British Columbia Where better to have afternoon tea than in the city named for Queen Victoria? Afternoon tea emerged in Britain during the 1800s, where a friend of the queen is reported to have started the custom. Having hosted afternoon tea for more than a century, the Fairmont Grand Empress Hotel serves more cups of tea than most English hotels — more than half a million each year! A perfect setting to sample a spot of tea, the Empress even has its own blend, combining tea leaves from Assam (thick, malty and full bodied), Kenya (floral-like with a golden coppery infusion), South India (fruity and sprightly), Ceylon (airy, almost piquant) and China (burgundy depth with light, oaky notes). Tea is served daily in the hotel’s historic Lobby Lounge, which is decked out in rich Edwardian décor and filled with accompaniment from the baby grand piano. Here guests can take comfort in luxurious, hand-carved dining chairs while they sip tea from dainty cups, snack on spiced pecan shortbread and gaze out the bay window to Inner Harbor views. Choose from more than 20 loose-leaf teas ethically sourced from the top tea producers in the world and taste finger sandwiches including curry chicken brioche and smoked salmon with chive crème fraiche. Signature raisin scones are served warm with house- made clotted cream and strawberry preserves that include honey from the property’s own beehives and lavender from the rooftop garden. A variety of chocolates and tasty treats complete the tiered presentation. A Prince or Princess Tea is available for the tiniest of travelers aged five to 12. BO O K IT N OW: Fairmont Empress (Victoria, B.C.) SELECT amenities include: • $100 USD hotel credit • Full American breakfast for two daily (up to $40 CAD in value) • Early check-in and late checkout upon availability • Upgrade upon availability • Basic Wi-Fi Fairmont Empress, Victoria, B.C. Contact Our Agency to Plan Your Personalized Escape · 7