What to do in Chicago when it is a rainy summer day?

That’s a good question! Luckily, our friend Tenley had planned a little afternoon get together that called for tea, pastries, and rosé.

We gathered up a group of six ladies and headed to the Allis, located in the lobby of Soho House for some afternoon tea. Since the Soho House was founded in London, the tea capital of the world, they definitely know how to throw an afternoon tea party!

We arrived at the Allis and were taken to our seats underneath the magnificent chandeliers that are located in the Soho House lobby. If you have not visited yet, it is worth checking out simply for the amazing decor let alone the delicious food.

Our waiter informed us that there were two options: either the afternoon tea for $24 or the sparkling afternoon tea for $32. Pretty simple, one option with rosé and one without. Since ordering tea without rosé seemed foolish, we all opted for the sparkling afternoon tea.

All of the ladies chose different teas so that we could taste them all. I was very pleased with my order of the African amber–an African roobios tea with notes of mango, vanilla, and hibiscus. It was even better than it sounds.

The tea arrived in elegant China that was designed by Burleigh specifically for the Soho House. You will not be able to find the black and white design on their website.

Pastry towers quickly followed the tea and we were in complete awe of the presentation. A. and I felt like we were back in our old stomping grounds in London when we saw the scones and tea sandwiches.



The pastries were all delicious, but the highlights for everyone were the lemon tarts and chocolate ganache cake. After giving our bodies a blast of sugar, it was time to head home and fend off our sugar headaches {which were worth it}.

The next time you are looking for a rainy day activity, book a reservation at the Allis for tea. It is one of the less expensive tea options in the city compared to tea at the Drake or the Langham, and it is a bit different than your average Saturday afternoon spent at a bar.