Afternoon Tea and Exclusive Tour of the King Edward Hotel
Majestic and regal, the Omni King Edward Hotel in Old Town Toronto has a long history as being a haven for gay men to meet and mingle. When the hotel opened in 1903, gay men would discreetly meet in the hotel lobby, making careful contact since being gay was illegal and convicted homosexuals would face lengthy prison terms (ironically it wasn’t illegal to be a Lesbian however). In 1998 as more enlightened human rights replaced antiquated Victorian laws, the first official same-sex couple commitment ceremony was held at the King Edward Hotel, five years before same-sex marriage became legal in Ontario and seven years before it was legal in all of Canada.
Join noted Toronto historian Bruce Bell on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of this landmark hotel followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea. See the magnificent yet abandoned Crystal Ballroom on the top floor as well as Suite #869*, possibly the most famous hotel suite in all of Canada where the Beatles stayed during their first North American tour in 1964. Walk in the footsteps of the Queen Mother, Edward the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII), Prince Andrew, Liz and Dick, John and Yoko, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Julie Andrews, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemmingway and Martha Stewart, to name a few of the celebrities who have called the King Edward Hotel home while in Toronto.
The Omni King Edward Hotel’s classic afternoon tea experience is a Toronto social ritual and a special way to spend an afternoon. Indulge in a special selection of traditional scones and Devonshire cream, finger sandwiches, fresh berries and cream, pastries and petit fours, and more than 15 select teas from around the world. Hors d'oeuvres and spirits are also available.
*Suite 869 tour subject to availability and vacancy
Tea & Tour: $65
Cash and credit accepted onsite.
Tour Only: $20
Limit of 25 people.
Only cash accepted onsite.
For bookings visit: www.brucebelltours.ca or call (416) 861-1793
• Ticketed event
• Accessible space