Thames Foyer

4.7
4802 reviews
£41 and over
Afternoon Tea
Regarded as the heart of the hotel, the Thames Foyer in London is a stunning glass-domed atrium, radiating natural light and sociable warmth. An impressive gazebo takes centre stage from which a pianist plays during the day, creating an enchanting atmosphere. Home to gorgeous afternoon teas and where the concept of a dinner dance was very first born, Thames Foyer is steeped in history.

Guests have been coming to the Thames Foyer to enjoy our famous Savoy Afternoon Tea for over a century. 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. To this day, we honour the traditional service style of Afternoon Tea, a custom that dates back to 1840. Come and enjoy a stunning dining experience that has stood the test of time.

Afternoon Tea starts from £65.00 per person.

Dress code: smart casual.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4802 People Are Saying
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GillianS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our afternoon tea was excellent, it was our 45th wedding anniversary & we were treated to an unforgettable experience, the food, staff & service was first class , an afternoon to remember, thank you very much

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Revs
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service and food, would definitely recommend and would go back again

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TinaV
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we arrived we were made to feel special. The afternoon tea was excellent we opted for the High Tea and the fish was superb. The whole ambience was very special my food intolerance issue was dealt with very well. They made my friend feel very special as we were celebrating her birthday. The piano in the background was excellent. Our two waiters Abhay & Avatar were friendly attentive & professional without being intrusive. We were not rushed or hurried off our table even though we went over the allotted time. Highly recommend fir the special afternoon tea experience

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SallyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent afternoon tea, good service, we will be back.

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Mark
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience - exactly what you would expect from a place of this reputation

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WendyT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Lovely good & great relaxing atmosphere. Will definitely come again & recommend to friends

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JoyF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Very expensive, didn’t like the sandwiches, or non alcoholic drink and -felt forced and miss old the drinks. Piano player played for 10 minutes while we were there. Tea was tepid . Waiters vanished. We had one cold drink and cost £327 for four people! Was expecting it to me £290!!!

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Topsyjasminepippa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good afternoon tea. Very good service, food full of flavour. Pianist rather loud though.He did take a break ,bit more peaceful. Beautiful hotel.

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LindaC
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent High Tea in the Thames Foyer. Lovely to have the accompanying gentle piano music .

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Jordanmason1234
London
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to celebrate a belated birthday. The staff were outstanding!!

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AngelaR
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic hotel restaurant to have an afternoon tea as a treat. The price is a bit steep but the ambience was breath taking. The Thames Foyer staff are amazing while the pianist played engaging classical favourites. Afternoon tea was presented with the most beautiful tasting sandwiches, delightful light, mouth watering scones , I just wish the cakes had been tastier. Overall a wonderful afternoon

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BKC1993
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is, by far, the best afternoon tea I have ever been to. Every item was delicious and perfect. The location was beautiful and a live pianist was playing amazingly well. The staff was also very accommodating, constantly topping up our tea for us. Amazing and would definitely recommend!

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GeorginaO
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service. Especially from Abby, Jan and Nikoleta.
The pianist contributed to the ambience of the beautiful surroundings.
Food was delicious and we were able to take home the remaining cakes,
Thank you.
All the staff were warm and welcoming. Highly recommended.

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keithe
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb afternoon with excellent food and service.

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NicolaJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely first class in every way. Abby, Tam and the whole team were outstanding. Our favourite afternoon tea in London so far (and we have had a lot!)

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NikkiS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning experience all round! Will definitely be returning! Huge shout out to Sal what a gentleman asset to the hotel! X

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jackies
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole experience. Would definitely recommend as a gift, a special occasion, or just as a treat - we all deserve one of those after all!

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colinj
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Original booking for afternoon tea for 4pm was changed by venue to 3pm two weeks prior. We were offered a future date but this was the only day we could attend during our visit.
Upon arrival at 2.50pm there were about six other couples awaiting tables, to the unease of the Maitre d'. It was obvious that later clients had been squeezed in to earlier, already busy, slots. We had to stand in the outer foyer until 3.30pm (not enough seating) although we were kindly given a complimentary drink just before being seated.
The excellent pianist, who had been playing to other diners during our wait, unfortunately finished playing within five minutes of our being seated and was replaced by recorded background music.
We enjoyed our food and drinks. Our server, Natasha, was extemely professional and a credit to the hotel. By 4.45pm (having been seated at 3.30pm) we were the only couple remaining whilst staff were clearing tables and we felt that we were expected to leave.
When comparing the experience with similar high calibre London venues for previous special occasions we regret that we cannot award a mark higher than three out of five.

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James
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a booking that should have happened in March 2020 as the present for my mothers birthday. Service was incredible - everyone is treated like the millionaire that visits every week.

My mother was really impressed and my nieces enjoyed the doggy bag of the remaining cakes at the end of the day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time for our wedding anniversary it was perfect the staff were fantastic the atmosphere was lovely the pianist was amazing highly recommend perfect for a special occasion

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SophiaR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best time - absolutely delicious food and tea and delightful staff in a beautiful ambient setting. Will definitely go again

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PaulineS
Gloucestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My guests and I had a wonderful time for our visit for our afternoon tea. Everything is done very professionally, you are always made to feel welcome. The staff and food are excellent. It is such a comfortable environment to spend a very pleasurable afternoon. This was our third visit for afternoon tea.

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JudithH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon to celebrate a special birthday.
Service was great and the food selection was amazing.

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RobertD
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience.
Couldn’t fault it.
The staff make it tho.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience of opulence, finery, and indulgence for my girlfriend and I. Afternoon Tea with champagne was beautiful, service by our three waiters was impeccable, and the pianist played beautifully throughout. There is a certain vibe, a buzz, that starts as you get out of the black London taxi and continues to reverberate within the Savoy. A totally fabulous experience from start to finish and well worth every penny. Bravo!!

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PriscillaC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The tuna sandwich and the coronation chicken sandwich were lovely. The pianist was excellent. However, the service although friendly was far too intrusive and rushed. We didn't have the opportunity to taste any of the cakes except the scones. Andrea offered to pack our untouched cakes in a box for later. He failed to mention that not all of our cakes would be packed . A surprise when I opened the box at home, to find a missing cake replaced with a scone, most disappointing! I had actually wanted to taste all the offerings. If it had been brought to our attention earlier that it wouldn't have been included my party would have made sure to taste it. Unfortunately, the Savoy experience hasn't been a good one, and as a benchmark for afternoon tea, Claridges still remains the best.

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JG1710
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed with no choice of GF bread. Good choice of teas but serviced cool . Staff friendly and helpful and nice atmosphere . All about personal choice .

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KimL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious champagne afternoon tea, service was impeccable. Surroundings were comfortable and enjoyed the pianist.

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SuzanneS
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at The Savoy was amazing. The staff were so polite, respectful and dedicated to making our visit the best it could possibly be.

The Afternoon Tea was unbelievable and served beautifully which made the whole day something we will remember for ever.

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JulieW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was incredible, if I'm honest a little disappointed with afternoon tea selection but maybe just my personal taste! Overall a lovely experience!

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NatashaH
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic afternoon tea celebrating a 60th birthday, followed by cocktails in the Beaufort Bar. One of our party was a plain eater and we arranged some ham sandwiches ahead which was great as we could all enjoy the sandwiches and cakes. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Everyone is so friendly. Especially the manager Athina who was lovely and really spent time ensuring we had a lovely time.

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MichelleSW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon tea, service and food was excellent - we had the best time. Just a wonderful setting too and the pianist was amazing! Will return definitely. Thank you. Lovely unexpected touch with birthday cake.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t fault this experience, with fir Afternoon Tea but decided to change it to High Tea - thought I’d leave and buy chips as I do love my portion sizes but ended up not finishing it and taking some of it home in a box!! It is such an stunning place, food was divine, service was authentic and so attentive, exceeded expectations and would love to go back!

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StephenK
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Arrived on time and we were waiting next to the reception to be seated having been told that we were next. Very annoyed when other couples behind us were approached by the staff and seated before us . It seems know guests take priority over occasional guests. We did take this up with the staff and received three apologies at various times during our tea but the occasion had been spoiled. We will not be returning.

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TracyW
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff could not have been more friendly helpful and gracious. We had new member who did her job perfectly.

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RichardC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were all wowed by the experience. Went to celebrate our daughters 40th birthday and we’re delighted with the whole experience. Great service from very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon tea, staff so attentive and friendly! Amazing experience.

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AndyS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great special occasion treat, service was fantastic and the location and background pianist added to the afternoon, would recommend

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candybobs
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful experience, it really does feel so special. Staff were very attentive efficient, friendly. The piano playing in the background completed the atmosphere.
To be honest I was a little disappointed with the food is was good but did lack the wow factor of flavour and presentation that I have experienced in other afternoon tea experiences.

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jan and his colleagues were fantastic and many thanks for the birthday cake surprise. Wonderful to listen to a lovely pianist.

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Thames Foyer is rated 4.7 stars by 4802 OpenTable diners.

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