On January 13, 2024, The Maybourne Beverly Hills was the prestigious venue for the BAFTA Tea Party, hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). This significant event, occurring annually in Los Angeles, precedes the EE BAFTA Film Awards in London, slated for February 18, 2023. It’s a celebrated occasion in the awards season calendar, known for its elegance and as a relaxing interlude for industry talent amidst the busy awards period. The party, which supports BAFTA’s ongoing initiatives in Learning, Inclusion, and Talent across North America, was sponsored by Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions.
The event attracted a star-studded guest list, featuring renowned figures such as Aml Ameen, Jonathan Bailey, Emily Blunt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many others. Additionally, emerging talents from the BAFTA Breakthrough USA program, which identifies and supports upcoming creative professionals in American film, games, and television, were also in attendance.
Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, celebrating a decade of their joint venture partnership, have significantly enhanced travel benefits between the U.S. and the U.K. This collaboration has led to expanded flight networks and improved customer experiences, transporting nearly 40 million passengers across the Atlantic. Delta, which prides itself on being LAX’s premier global airline, reinstated its London-Heathrow service last March, a route it hadn’t operated since 2015.
Virgin Atlantic is noted for its exceptional service, including in-flight afternoon tea and personalized customer experiences, all delivered by cabin crew outfitted in Vivienne Westwood designs. With three daily flights from LAX to London-Heathrow on a modern, eco-friendly fleet, Virgin Atlantic showcases a unique perspective in air travel.