British Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea at The Savoy is an enduring custom where guests can choose from a range of teas served with finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream & jam, and a mouth-watering selection of seasonal cakes and pastries created by The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel Pearse, and his team.
Brief history of The Savoy’s Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea has been a feature of The Savoy since it opened in 1889. The restaurant terrace 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 even be substituted by coffee or hot chocolate. Such sweet indulgence might be 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. At the height of the popularity of the tea dance, Tango Teas were introduced, and a lady might imagine herself quite the femme fatale, as she was whirled around the dance floor by a beau.
London’s most famous Afternoon Tea
Today, our world-famous Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed in the Thames Foyer, the heart of The Savoy, where a stunning glass dome floods the room with natural light – and beneath this, a pianist serenades guests from a winter garden gazebo, as they enjoy, what is considered by many, London’s best afternoon tea.Afternoon tea gift vouchers