Afternoon Tea at The Savoy
The Savoy’s world-famous Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Thames Foyer, the heart of The Savoy, where a stunning glass-domed atrium, radiates natural light and sociable warmth. An impressive gazebo takes centre stage where a pianist plays during the day, creating an enchanting atmosphere.
The Afternoon Tea menu
Created by The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel Pearse, and his team, The Savoy’s Afternoon Tea menu starts at £65.00 per person and offers the traditional Afternoon and High Tea favourites. An extensive range of over 30 teas are accompanied by twists on classic sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream, jam, and lemon curd, and the talented pastry team’s selection of pastries, each one a tempting work of art. A glass of Louis Roederer Brut Premier or Deutz Rosé can be added to make your experience extra special.
Today, in addition to our renowned traditional Afternoon Tea and High Tea we also offer a Vegan Afternoon Tea and a Vegetarian Afternoon Tea.
History of The Savoy’s Afternoon Tea
Guests have been coming to the Thames Foyer to enjoy our famous Savoy Afternoon Tea for over a century, a feature of the hotel since it opened in 1889. To this day, we honour the traditional service style of Afternoon Tea, a custom that dates back to 1840.
Previously an outdoor terrace, the restaurant was a popular venue as it combined The Savoy’s usual impeccable service with a panoramic view of the Thames. English weather being what it was, the terrace was soon glazed in and incorporated into the body of the main restaurant, where fashionable couples enjoyed mid-afternoon refreshments.
By the 1920s, Afternoon Tea was a firm tradition at The Savoy. Surviving menus show that today’s sandwiches, followed by patisserie were then established parts of Afternoon Tea; other offerings included toast, English muffins, ice cream, fruit salad, and boxes of chocolates. Hot gaufres (a thin sweet waffle) were made to order if requested. Tea itself might have even be substituted by coffee or hot chocolate. Such sweet indulgence was offset by a little gentle exercise: The Savoy offered thés dansant, where the house dance bands provided a background of popular tunes, and professional dancers demonstrated the latest steps and danced with the guests.
Today, the concept and the surroundings have been updated, giving the classic elegance of The Savoy’s iconic Afternoon Tea a modern twist.
Come and enjoy afternoon tea at The Savoy; a stunning dining experience that has stood the test of time.