Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at Savoy

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From £75
Rating

Savoy is regularly rated amongst the best traditional Afternoon Teas in London, so you can set your expectations already high before reading this review.

The Savoy is a luxury hotel located in the Strand in the City of Westminster in Central London. The hotel opened on the 6th of August 1889 and was the first luxury hotel in Britain, introducing electric lights throughout the building, electric lifts, constant hot and cold running water, and many other innovations.

Afternoon Tea at Savoy is suitably traditional and is an enduring custom that had been a feature of the hotel since it opened.

PROS

  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Relaxed dress code
  • Excellent desserts
  • Thames Foyer is a very spacious room, so it’s easy to hold private conversations
  • Live music

CONS

  • For Saturday you need to book 4-5 weeks in advance
  • Expensive

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Atmosphere Food Desserts Service How Much? Dress Code Reservations

Atmosphere

The Savoy’s Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Thames Foyer. The space is pretty generous, and the glass dome is stunning. My personal opinion is that the hotel doesn’t have the wow factor of The Ritz. However, I enjoyed the fact that the seating allows enough privacy for each table.

This, in the combination of the melodious and soft live piano music, creates an entirely enjoyable afternoon tea atmosphere.

My wife and I had a great time at this afternoon tea.

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Food

Tea - Good selection of teas where everyone finds something that suits them. As usual, I picked the house tea - The Savoy Afternoon Tea and I was pleased with my pick.

Sandwiches - Four finger sandwiches of the highest quality with the traditional fillings: English Cucumber, Free Range Egg Salad, Brown Shrimps, and Coronation Chicken. And two open sandwiches. The variety and quality of the sandwiches are on par with other excellent hotel afternoon teas like: Afternoon Tea at The Ritz or Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s.

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Desserts

Scones - Good quality of plain and raisin scones with clotted cream, excellent homemade lemon curd, and strawberry jam.

Pastries - I have to say that patisseries at Savoy were one of the best I had so far from all afternoon teas and made a stunning finish to already fantastic experience. All this is created by The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel Pearse, who has a real passion for desserts. I could tell he does.

You can try as many teas as you like, and they will gladly serve you more sandwiches, scones, and cakes.

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Service

Savoy Afternoon Tea delivers here as well. All the staff is attentive and familiar with the tea offerings.

How much is the Afternoon Tea at Savoy?

Prices for the traditional afternoon tea now start from £75 per person! When I visited, they also added 12.5% service charge to the final bill. Looking at the menu on their website, it seems that this is still happening.

It raises the price to £84, which makes it one of the most expensive afternoon tea from my list of the best afteroon tea in London.

Savoy Afternoon Tea Dress Code?

The dress code is smart casual.

How long is the Afternoon Tea at Savoy?

As in most of the afternoon teas in hotels, the booking is for two hours. Because the Thames Foyer is a spacious room, you don’t feel rushed to leave, which significantly adds to the relaxed atmosphere.

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