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The Savoy, Thames Foyer
The Savoy, Thames Foyer

The Savoy, Thames Foyer Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/savoy/GuestServices/Restaurants/ThamesFoyer.htm
  • Phone: 0207 420 2111
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday:

    Breakfast: 8am - 11:30am

    Lunch: 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Afternoon Tea: 1:00pm - 5.45pm

    Light Dinner: 6:30pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, International
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment
  • Entertainment: A pianist plays during Afternoon Tea Monday to Saturday 2.30pm to 6.30pm and Sunday between 3pm and 10:30pm You can enjoy the evening cocktails complemented by the sounds of the piano everyday from 6.30pm to 8pm

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Close to Charing Cross Station and Covent Garden Station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details:

    The Savoy offers valet parking including in-and-out privileges. Alternative garages are also available in the surrounding area.

    Parking charges available on request.
A word from The Savoy, Thames Foyer
The Thames Foyer is the heart of The Savoy hotel and the perfect venue for light, informal dining. Its reinstated glass cupola, based on a guest's drawing, once again allows natural daylight to flood in on even the darkest day. The centrepiece of the room is the magnificent new winter garden gazebo.

Guests can also indulge in Afternoon Tea in this comfortable and intimate spot accompanied by the hotel's resident pianist. 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 mouthwatering selection of cakes and pastries. The Savoy is proud to be a member of the Tea Guild and received the Award of Excellence for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Afternoon Tea starts from £50.00 per person.
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Diner Reviews
  • "In my opinion the Savoy does the best afternoon tea in London. Delicious finger sandwiches, perfect scones, beautiful pastries and then cake, if you still have room, all served with endless cups of tea. It's not cheap but you definitely leave feeling more than satisfied. My only complaint would be that the website said we would have the table for an hour and forty five minutes. Fortunately our table wasn't required and we enjoyed it for longer, otherwise I would never have managed the cake."
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "Afternoon tea at The Savoy is the ulitmate treat! All the food is fantastic, there is an extensive range of teas available and the service is second to none! Well worth the money!"
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "Went for Sunday afternoon tea, there were 3 if us but got a tray/tier of food for 2 and although we were told to order more it should have been set for 3. We felt greedy asking for more but when there are only 2 scones between 3 and 2 of each sandwich! The waiter was always there topping up our cups even when only half way down the cup. A very enjoyable afternoon."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "I booked the savoy as a treat for my mother in law. First impressions were great - the surroundings were beautiful and welcome and customer service were lovely. Unfortunately though the food just didn't match it. Some sandwiches were nice but others were just a bit odd - but the big disappointment was the cakes. They looked beautiful but tasted of very little - bland, dry and again a bit weird in some cases. I wonder if we would have been more enthusiastic if we hadn't been for afternoon tea to gleneagles recently, where quality and taste are everything - but at £210 for 3 of us ( for one glass of champagne and the traditional afternoon tea ) to leave disappointed, we felt it was an expensive mistake."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "I have just been lucky to enjoy another afternoon tea at the Savoy and it never fails to disappoint. We were served by 2 wonderful waiters and were amazed to find that one was on a work placement from his second year of college, he was so professional and good with the guests we thought he was far more experienced. The food was exceptional and they really excelled themselves with the presentation of the pastries. Their lemon curd with the scones is also to die for. Unfortunately there was not enough room left to properly enjoy our traditional cakes which are served at the end of the tea but the few bites we could manage were very good. Would definitely recommend."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "Nos ha gustado todo, excepto la empleada que nos atendió y acompañó hasta la mesa con mal estilo, con sonrisa irónica y haciendo comentarios con los compañeros a la vez que nos miraba, impropio de este gran hotel esta empleada."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "We have just been to afternoon tea at the Savoy it was the best experience (I have been to five other hotels over the past years) of afternoon tea I have been to it was so relaxing and we were look after like royalty nothing was too much trouble and we never felt out of place or rushed in any way. the food was of a very high standard and our tea cups were never empty would definitely go again maybe try another restaurant in the Savoy. altogether a lovely experience."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "What a lovely way to spend an afternoon! Tea at the savoy was so amazing and wonderful that I would definitely recommend going there to all my friends and family. Maurice, our waiter, was very attentive and very charming! Thank you for making our day very special."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "For us this was a celebration of a birthday and wedding anniversary and it was wonderful. From the start everything was perfect - the greeting, service, setting ambience. The tea it self was first class - everything was fresh tasty and plentiful - go with an appetite!"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "This was on my must do's while visiting London and lived up to my expectations and then some! It was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the streets of London. The food was absolutely delicious! The ambience was beautiful and you felt very pampered. It is something I will always remember from my visit to London."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Went to Savoy for my birthday as a special treat and it was just amazing. Really enjoyed the beauty of the room, the food was really lovely, service was flawless and the ambiance with the lady playing the piano was just excellent. Really enjoyable experiance, will be back. Oh and they presented all the birthday people with a candle and little cake which was lovely."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Outstanding service was looked after the moment we got there made to feel very welcome as well food was great and we didn't feel rush would highly recommend will be coming back again for sure"
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "On our 2nd visit to the Savoy we sampled traditional afternoon tea and found, again, that the staff were very attentive and yet unobtrusive, the atmosphere lovely with the tinkling piano and the food delightfully served and showing great care and attention. We'd had no lunch but we were very, very full! Couldn't even manage the last cake offered. We were surprised that of the 6 or so exquisite pastries offered you could choose all of them, if you so wished! That would be greedy. But, when you consider the amount of food and drink available, the unhurried nature and the comfortable surroundings, it's actually pretty good value all round! I'd recommend and I'd like to return."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "We took my mother in law for afternoon tea, we have been before, but not since the renovations. The food was lovely and the surroundings are also just as lovely as ever. The first lady who looked after us was very friendly & efficient, but I would say after that the service was not quite up to standard, I think we had someone who was new, but we were left with cold tea and when we asked for a glass of champagne it took ages and several more requests before it arrived. Paradoxically, it also felt as though we were being rushed. Previous afternoon tea here was better, but this was still a nice afternoon (I don't think they charged for the 2nd glass of champagne so to be fair maybe they noticed all was not quite as good as should have been)"
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "I booked a table for afternoon tea for my grandmother's birthday present. As soon as we got to the Savoy every member of staff we passed was pleasant and said hello and asked if we needed help. At our table the waiters introduced themselves and were always coming to the table to check if we needed anything. We had the traditional afternoon tea and there was plenty of food which was at a high standard. The waiters even asked if we wanted more to which I accepted on a few occasions. We had an excellent selection of tea's and we never ran out as the waiters kept the pot topped up. We both thoroughly enjoyed our tea and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something to break up a trip to London."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Everyone must move on and update, but the one thing I missed today was the white glove service that made tea at the Savoy decadent. and special. Tea is great at the Savoy and having had afternoon at many Fairmont in Baku, Four Seasons Baku, Kempinski Moscow and Dubai, Burg Al Arab Dubai - the Savoy London rates at the top and the rest of the Fairmont chain should take a 'leaf' from the Savoy London and learn what afternoon tea should be. Had a wonderful afternoon, great pianist. Thank you"
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "Myself and my two daughters came to London for the day and specifically wanted to do something special and tea at the Savoy didn't disappoint at all. We were welcomed and shown to our table and everything was relaxed and calm. Everything was perfect, and we didn't feel rushed at all, everything was done at our pace. The food was excellent, loved the sandwiches and scones and I can honestly say that I have never eaten so many cakes in one sitting - brilliant. I would certainly return for a special occasion."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Wonderful experience again. The standard of service is excellent, food wonderful, so many different teas to try. I have been for the Afternoon Tea twice now and we will certainly be back again."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon tea at the Savoy. The room was quiet and the service was excellent. The staff were discrete but attentive and made the time there very relaxing. More can be said about the food, which was also excellent and well presented with a variety of sandwich fillings and cakes, we liked them all. This is something we are planning on repeating on future visits to London. It is well worth the experience and pleasure of an afternoon at the Savoy. ."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "Myself and my sister took our mum to the Savoy for her 60th birthday. It was amazing!! Even better than we expected. It was peaceful and relaxed and we were constantly asked if we wanted more! We left completely relaxed but stuffed . Highly recommend this to anyone."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "I booked afternoon tea for my mums 65th birthday. Couldn't fault anything. They even presented her with a cake and candle on a decorated plate. Which I hadn't requested. She was thrilled. Would highly recommend. Didnt have to pour 1 cup of tea. Waiter was very attentive. Fabulous surroundings."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "We went to The Savoy, Thames Foyer, as a family, to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We were welcomed immediately by very polite and friendly staff, who were very keen to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. We had previously thought that a 'few finger sandwiches' plus a scone or two wouldn't fill us up - how wrong we were! The sandwiches kept coming, the scones were beautifully fresh and tasty, then the French Fancies and cakes were rolled out! Along with some marvellous teas, some rare, and the efficiency and friendliness of the lovely waitresses, we were thoroughly looked-after and entertained. The waitresses all had lovely, genuine smiles for us, and they really added to the occasion."
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "Some reviews we read before we went were not very encouraging. However, we found that the ambiance, service and food to be of a very high standard. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. The food was plentiful, delicious and eye pleasing especially the pastries. Would thoroughly recommend this venue for that special occaision."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed afternoon tea at the Savoy for my 50th birthday this week, which is something I have wanted to do for a long time. It is expensive, but in my opinion well worth every penny! The hotel is absolutely beautiful and spotless. The service is second to none, and the food amazing! I must have drunk a gallon of tea as the re-fills just kept coming without us having to ask. No shortage of sandwiches or cakes either. The champagne was very nice too and kept in an ice bucket right next to us. A pianist played beautifully in the background. All in all, a wonderful experience and I would strongly recommend everyone to try it at least once!"
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "Breakfast at the Savoy - says it all and, for once , lives up to expectations. Perfectly cooked 'full Savoy', impeccable service and amazing surroundings. Any criticism? - maybe the vienoisserie could have been served warm - but a minor quibble. All in all a wonderful experience to start a special day."
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "Could not fault food - sandwiches were fresh and tasty; scones light and pastries scrumptious. The let down was the service, which on previous visits has also been faultless. We were bought one pot of tea, which was replaced but again on previous visits waiters have tempted us into trying something different, and had the time to stop and have a little chat. Would still recommend though."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Very disappointed after a previous experience was excellent. Took a friend that had never been and didn't want to ruin her day, or would have complained at the time. It was the service that was the most disappointing. had to pour my own tea at one stage, which would not ordinarily bother me, but we had been assured that it would be served for us. The bill was put in the middle of our table without request. It was not as if we had been there over our time slot!!!! The food was not really as I remember it. Scones looked like they were from a packet and were not very high quality. Overall, think we will go to the Ritz or Claridges in future!!! The room was only about half capacity cannot put the service down to staff/customer ratio."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Overall the experience was wonderful. Our only criticism was that there appeared to be a lack of imagination in the sandwiches - delicious but somewhat ordinary. Everything else was of the highest standard. We would especially like to mention the standard of service which appeared to be effortless but was in fact subtley attentive. It was a great experience which we intend to repeat."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "The two waiters that tag teamed our table were superb. They were very observant and appropriately attentive. The sandwiches and scones were plentiful and delicate. No flavor was over powering; everything tasted light and well balanced. The pastries and then cake course were both exceptionally tasty if a little much after we had stuffed ourselves with sandwiches and scones. The homemade lemon curd was to die for! They should sell it!"
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "The service was impeccable and they were very attentive at making sure we had a favourable dining experience. Would recommend 100%."
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "I had afternoon tea with my son. It was a pre-wedding gift for him. He is getting married next week. We had a lovely afternoon. The tea and the service was impeccable and I plan to return in the near future with my son and new daughter-in-law!!"
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Great expectations, but disappointed. The tea was VERY ordinary. Boring sandwiches on brown and white sliced bread, scones were OK, lemon curd was not nice. Pastries were fine. We did not like the decor. Compares unfavourably with other hotels and is more expensive."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "A truly enjoyable afternoon exceeding our expectations."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "The setting for afternoon tea with art deco paintings and a piano playing in the background was fantastic. I have never seen such a large range of teas and the food was interesting. Guest must remember there are four courses so must not have too many sandwiches. The range of food was interesting. The best part for me were the pastries and unlimited tea in a silver service where the staff kept filling you tea pot and topping your tea cup until you have had enough. I tried the Savoy's own blend and enjoyed it without milk or sugar where my friend she enjoyed the yellow tea."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Birthday treat from my husband and what a treat it was! Delicious homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes and impeccable service and my husband particularly enjoyed the pianist."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "A wonderful experience, exceeded expectation. Perfect treat for my friends 40th"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "My wonderful Godmother treated me and my young teenage boys to a super afternoon at the Savoy with their full afternoon experience. There was nothing to fault but can only praise the chefs for their wonderful delights, the pianist for her beautifully played repertoire and all the staff both inside and out. The ambience in the Thames Foyer was lovely with the Tiffany dome above setting the scene. The refurbishment has worked a treat in all respects. We will definitely be back! Thank you fo all at the Savoy but most expecially my lovely Godmother!!"
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Definitely the best afternoon tea in London. Service, food, atmosphere are impeccable."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "As if we were enjoying tea with the Georgians. Best high tea in London"
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our Afternoon Tea. Service was really good. A shame we couldn't have a "doggy bag"."
    dined on 22/07/2014